"Hippie: (especially in the 1960s) a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs. Synonyms: flower child, Bohemian, beatnik, long-hair, free spirit, nonconformist, dropout." Not surprisingly Wee Donnie had issues with his dad and these emerged in a mini-revolt against some of his values.



On the other hand he was never a "Better Red than dead" idealist or a back-to-the-lander. His so-called military career was less gritty than Rod's early high school cadet cops training in anticipation of war with the Union Of Soviet Republics. This comment is from the pen of Ronald Searle.

In short form, Wee Donald was not entirely thrilled at being shipped out to boot camp.  Zoom in on the text for better coverage of this issue. Military control of this child was certainly "a severe reaction" for Fred even if Donald was a little beyond "normal" in his bahaviour.



If they had not intervened New York Military Academy might not have had a sports star.



His roommate was possibly not the best judge of his character.



If a bed wasn't made the whole hut got called down.



“This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!”

                                                                   - Albert Einstein


Schoenwaldt was another contemporary.




While Calvin may have been a genius in his imagination he was not heroic on the academic front. Note the new state motto.
























He did graduate from high school, which must have seemed like a positive experience all around. Sadly, it instilled him with an unfortunate self-image as an experienced military genius.



His so called "academic honors" relate to his scholastic training as a cadet. Trumps dad explained that his son was "a pretty rough fellow" before he was banished to cadet camp. With this "military experience" one might have expected him to volunteer for the Vietnam War. However he managed three deferments on educational grounds and a fourth because of "shell spurs." Too much marching and drilling as a cadet? He was 17 when this photo was taken.


Here are two new words the Trump team should consider: "prevaricate" and "equivocate." rather than "lie." These are gentler terms for playing fast and loose with the truth. He did not exactly funk out of Fordham. He was sometimes represented as attending the University of Pennsylvania, which was a bit west of the facts. Wharton was a college umbrellaed by that university.







Then he went all humble!



Following graduation in 1968 Wee Donnie experience a brief dip in the fleshpots of the southwest. While he did never did smoke or do drugs as far as is known, he was into alcohol, but grave it up when it saw that he lost control under its influence. It is inimicable to monetary greed and Trump has said: "I’ve always taken in money, I like money. I’m very greedy. I’m a greedy person. I shouldn’t tell you that, I’m a greedy – I’ve always been greedy. I love money, right?" Donald Trump attended Marble Presbyterian church for decades and that he was much influenced by  Norman Vincent Peale’s sermons. For that cleric commercial acumen, rather than cleanliness, was next to God.  Detroit bishop Wayne T Jackson guessed that “Donald Trump is an example of someone who has been blessed by God. Look at his homes, businesses, his wife and his jet. You don’t get those things unless you have the favour of God.”



It has been a trade off.



Alcohol in large does is neith and aphrodiasiac nor a performance enhancer. Like father, like son?



Actually his parents and grandparents had more to do with his commercial success that God Almighty, and they sometimes acted unethically if not amorally. As Richard Nisbett's experiments show, the wealthy have instinctively "more favourable attitudes toward greed." Acquiring more money in like drinking sea water. There is never enough to slake thirst.



In their own ways both Calvin and Hobbes supported rendering up to Caesar... "Very dark!" as one might Tweet. On the other hand, some quotes suggest that they might not vote for Wee Donnie of the Small Hands.



And in some instances certain people simply can't lose! And Trump referred to Democrats as "the Elect?"



There was an historical Bavarian society founded in 1776. Today "Illuminati" refers to various organizations claiming to have links to the original Bavarian group, though these links are unsubstantiated. "They are often alleged to conspire to control world affairs, by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence and to establish a New World Order. Central to some of the most widely known and elaborate conspiracy theories, the Illuminati have been depicted as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, films, television shows, comics, video games, and music videos." In the last election both sides accused the other... The Bavarians at first had the support of the Catholic Church.



Here's another Donald Trump quote.



Why the religious right favours a man with these beliefs in a moot question.



Some folk may be on a downward spiral into the future.


Donald's grandfather moved to Seattle during the Gold Rush and ran restaurants there before opening a hotel and restaurant north of the Border. Gwenda Blair, who authored a book about the Trump family, told the CBC that “The bulk of the cash flow came from the sale of liquor and sex.” His grandparents were in New York when his dad Fred was born in 1905. Elizabeth Trump & Son Co., the real estate company that would become The Trump Organization, opened there in 1927.  Fred, like Donald had some difficulties along the road to extreme wealth. He was not above dancing the dance.



In some cases it seems true that the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.Movie clips from that dark German silent film Metropolis. These redundant works are not headed for heaven, That's Moloch.



Washington Post reporter Michael Kranish wrote that , "(Donald) Trump fought the case for two years. ... He says it was very easy, but actually he fought the case for two years." The Trumps took essentially the first settlement offer the federal government provided, Kranish says; the Trumps did not, in fact, have to admit guilt in settling the suit. They were required to place ads in newspapers saying that they welcomed black applicants.




When Donald went into the risky business of building skyscrapers he had more than heavenly choirs in his heaven.



There were financial blips but he did survive.




This was at the expense of others.



It is too bad that Weedonnie did not opt to take up a just cause instead of becoming "A Rebel Without A Clue." Jeremy Sherman of AlterNet (January 21, 2017) explains the inexplicable this way: "Trump is a pathological climber. The self-declared "ratings machine" suffers from "impressive compulsive disorder,” a condition that is like hoarding, not of stuff but of impressive power."



His sole cause? "A neutral psychological assessment of his motivations wouldn't rule out the possibility that he ran for president because he was frustrated to see other people winning more than he was. He saw dictators around the world who had amassed more billions and had more power than he did. He realized that if he really wanted to win, he might do the same." If not greedy with respect to money (as he claims) he is still greedy for control and has shown that in all relationships.




He is a marital loser: Trump married his first wife, Czech model Ivana Zelníčková, in 1977. The couple divorced in 1992 following Trump's affair with actress Marla Maples (when he was 33). In 1993, Maples gave birth to their daughter Tiffany. They married two months later. The couple separated in 1997 and divorced in 1999.



Trump entered a steady relationship with Slovene model Melania Knauss who he married in 2005. In 2006, she became a naturalized United States citizen. Later that year, she gave birth to their son Barron. In all,  he has five children by three marriages, and eight grandchildren. His affairs?



"If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women... I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right." Read his quotes, he fears them! This rings true: "I don’t know why, but I seem to bring out either the best or worst in women." Melania thinks he is "a real gentleman." He is a true weenie?



That is Wee Macgregor in the distance, a much more likable literary character, standing in for Wee Donnie. Wee Pea Donald is intended as a play on words relating to a Russian news story. "Hobbles" may not be a word known in urban centres. The big bold quote belongs to Donald J., who is now struggling to unfetter his gods. Text by Rod, Cartoon by Searle.



Rod thinks it trumps this version. which cost a lot more.


Trump’s companies have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which means a company can remain in business while wiping away many of its debts. The bankruptcy court ultimately approves a corporate budget and a plan to repay remaining debts; often shareholders lose much of their equity. PolitiFact uncovered six bankruptcies filed after 1990. exactly as Hillary Clinton had claimed in the election campaign. He is not a self-made man, and has no understanding of any class except his own. He has said "Let Golf be for the Elite," after accusing the Democrats of elitism.




In 1988 the satirical Spy magazine was alone in describing Trump as, "a short-fingered vulgarian. By then he was past his prime at age 39. Contributing editor Bruce Feirstein remembers that from that time forward the rag lived under the threat of constant litigation.  He forwarded a copy of his book The Art of the Deal to their offices.  The cover featured one of his hands enshrouded in gold and he autographed the copy saying "If you hit me, I will hit you back 100 times harder.


There was no eBay back in the late 80s and trump was "just another rich guy on the block - and not even the richest one, at that." Feirstein noted, "In modern media terms, Donald Trump was our clickbait. He brought us word-of-mouth recognition, and more readers—just the same way he is now bringing eyeballs to newscasts, and page views to Web sites. "




"In the late 80s and early 90s, Spy magazine carried out a lonely - and hilarious - war against the preposterous real-estate lordling." - Vanity Fair. "Over the course of our years at Spy, we fact-checked his books and his finances (with predictable results), trolled him by sending minuscule checks—as low as 13 cents—to see if he’d cash them (he did), and wrote up his all-but-forgotten business debacles. (Remember the “Trump Castle World Power Boat Championship”?)... And yet, none of it stuck. None of it so much as dinged him, or even seemed to embarrass him." - Feirstein



What did ding him was outrageous misfortune.  Excerpts from Trump’s 1995 tax returns, published by The New York Times in 2016, belie the New York billionaire’s self-characterization as one of the nation’s leading real-estate moguls. The paper discovered that by 1990 Trump had collected $3.4 billion in debt, of which he was personally liable for $832.5 million. "While the U.S. economy boomed from 1992 until 2000, Trump fell on such hard times that he reportedly had to tap into his family’s wealth to get out of the hole. In the early 1990s, Trump’s father, Fred, reportedly sent a lawyer to the Castle casino in Atlantic City to buy $3.3 million worth of chips that went uncashed. The Times reports that Trump took two loans from his siblings, first $10 million and then a subsequent $20 million." - Vanity Fair




The New York Village Voice (of Hippiedom) was another early cry in the wilderness, having claimed that Wee Donnie's initial pot of gold came from some nefarious political underplay. "In 1995 - the same year he posted a personal $916 million loss  - Trump took his Atlantic City casinos public. The decision to offer stock ultimately saved him from financial ruin and as a result, he reportedly pocketed $45 million through 2009 from the venture, even as it continued to lose money." - Vanity Fair. At about that time Trump was interviewed by them and  said,  "As nasty as the press can be, they know that once they’ve cut you down the best story is to build you back up again. Piece by piece, deal by deal, a beautiful story is starting to emerge about me." Of course nothing is known about his business triumphs beyond that date since he has preferred to keep tax information and his net worth a secret.



He did build skyscrapers but not the one of the German dictator in the movie "Metropolis" or that structure in the Harrison Ford flick.  "To construct his signature Trump Tower(1980, at left) the builder first had to demolish the Bonwit Teller store, an architecturally beloved Art Deco edifice. The work had to be done fast, and so managers hired 200 undocumented Polish workers to tear it down, paying them substandard wages for backbreaking work—$5 per hour, when they were paid at all." - The Atlantic magazine.

Of course Trump as a mere child of 31 years when he created that black finger. "The workers didn’t wear hard hats and often slept at the site. When the workers complained about their back pay, they were allegedly threatened with deportation. Trump said he was unaware that illegal immigrants were working at the site." -  The Atlantic.




"Contractors, waiters, dishwashers, and plumbers who have worked at Trump projects say that his company stiffed them for work, refusing to pay for services rendered. USA Today did a lengthy review, finding that some of those contracts were for hundreds of thousands of dollars, many owed to small businesses that failed or struggled to continue because of unpaid bills. (Trump was also found to have improperly withheld compensation in the undocumented Polish worker controversy.)" - The Atlantic. That last was only settled in 1999). "Massimo Calabresi shows that testimony under oath shows Trump was aware of illegal immigrants being employed there." - The Atlantic



"The upshot: Trump has offered various excuses, including shoddy workmanship, but the scale of the problem—hundreds of allegations—makes that hard to credit. In some cases, even the lawyers Trump has hired to defend him have sued him for failing to pony up their fees. In one lawsuit, a Trump employee admitted in court that a painter was stiffed because managers determined they had “already paid enough.” The cases are damaging because they show Trump not driving a hard bargain with other businesses, but harming ordinary, hard-working Americans. More recently, several contractors filed $5 million in liens against Trump’s new hotel in Washington, alleging he has not paid them for services rendered." - The Atlantic.



For the The Atlantic's complete Cheat Sheet go to:
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/
donald-trump-scandals/474726/.



The remainder of this tale is set in Trump's declining years, when he increased in financial worth and physical girth but appears to have undergone atrophy and devolution in certain other respects.



Enough of the Middle Ages. Click "NEXT" to consider the Neo Dark Ages, which may end the Anthropocene Geologic prematurely.  That's "the Sexist Man Alive" re imagined in 2017. America's oldest president, who has said he endears himself to women by witholding his farts. If he could just zipper his uncouth statements!




Possibly that comment inspired this cartoon? Please note that the Oxford English Dictionary, in use in Britain and Canada, defines  trump as an informal non-objective verb meaning, "To break wind audibly." American pen pushers are quite obliquely scatological. Mr. Trump will know what I mean?