I wrote before that there were superficial similarities between Donald Trump and Julius Caesar. I would like to return to this theme briefly.
Julius Caesar was a brilliant tactician, both on the battlefield and in the political arena. One of his greatest talents, one that his nephew Octavian shared, was the ability to find and befriend talented people and make connections with people who could help him. His political career was funded by Crassus, his reputation buttressed by Pompey, his credentials vouched for by Lepidus. On the battlefield, he had the great general Marcus Antonius, known to us as Marc Antony, watching his back. And when he knew his assassination drew near, he wisely handed his fortune and blessings to his nephew Octavian, adopting the boy as his legal son and heir.
This is not a history lesson for the hell of it. Donald Trump is well aware at this point that the entire Deep State is arrayed against him, and has no doubt discovered that the Swamp runs much deeper than anyone could have fathomed. Like you, I keep hoping that the will start collecting Swamp Creature heads for his throne of skulls, but I have come to the realization that it may not be possible. Powerful unions and sappers within the ranks prevent mass firings. Eight years of Obama lackeys, 78 of which have burrowed into the government permanently, sabotage the implementation of his agenda. He is surrounded, and it seems that his daughter and son-in-law are siding against him, all the while whispering sweet nothings into his ear. What will he do? What did Julius Caesar do?
Like Caesar, there are only a certain number of moves the Donald can make. Kushner and McMaster have managed to push out every intelligence adviser that was a populist right-winger, including Steve Bannon, the godfather of Trump’s success. For purposes of comparison, Bannon is to Trump what Marc Antony was to Caesar, a dependable, capable right hand, willing to brawl and scrape with the enemy. Hell, delighting in it.
Caesar made considerable progress while dictator for life, creating public works to improve Rome and its hinterlands, handsomely rewarding his soldiers with farmland to reduce poverty and spread Roman bloodlines, limited the number of slaves that could be imported in order to open jobs for actual Romans, and instituted the Julian calendar. He restocked the Senate with loyalists, which is a step Trump should consider. Here’s how:
- Hound disgraced and soon-to-be-convicted Senator Menendez to resign, having Chris Christie replace him with a Republican.
- Back a strong populist in Tennessee after RINO superdouche Senator Corker retires next year.
- Back Jeff Flake’s primary opposition. This is an easy RINO hunt.
- Pressure arch traitor John McCain to resign and work with the governor of Arizona to get a populist in his slot.
- Appoint Joe Manchin (D-WV) to a cabinet post, as the governor of West Virginia will undoubtedly replace him with a solid populist right-winger.
Sadly, the main benefit to this will be to set the table for whomever succeeds President Trump. I’m not talking about Mike Pence. I mean whomever takes the reins and leads the movement after Trump is assassinated. I say that matter-of-factly because I do not think anyone doubts that the Deep State will stoop to this when their attempts at an impeachment-based coup do not pan out.
Let me come to the point. When Trump is gone, the reaction will be similar to what happened in the Roman Republic when Caesar was assassinated in most cowardly fashion by self-serving senators. McCain, Graham, Sasse and Schumer will play the parts of Cato, Cassius, Brutus, and Cicero. They may try, as those Roman Senators of yesteryear did, to market this as a defense of the country against a tyrant, but this is obviously not the case. To be a tyrant one must have absolute authority. The government bureaucracy, entrenched members of Congress, the media, academia, and the financial market are all arrayed against the president, and are effectively throttling much of his agenda. He is no tyrant. These senators scheme against the Golden Don not to preserve the Republic (it’s been dead for years) or to uphold the Constitution (they are in direct defiance of it), but in an attempt to preserve their own privilege. They do not genuinely seek to convince the people, only to silence us. They care only for their power, and are willing to drop any pretense of acting in good faith. In time they will follow the same course as their Roman forebears. I must admit, I love the idea of Schumer’s hands and tongue being nailed to the doors of the Capitol building a la Cicero.
Which leaves an important question unanswered. Who will take up Julius Trump’s mantle? Bannon is capable, but he is not a politician. He’s the guy who does the hard work for a politician. Donald Jr.? Eric? Or, years from now, Barron? Remember that it was over ten years from the time Caesar died to the time when the civil wars of Rome ended. In answering this question, we must answer certain other questions. What system do we hope to have after the coming chaos? Stop hoping for a return to the Constitution. It’s not going to happen. We are too far past that point. We need to start considering, internally and among ourselves, what we hope for our children, and get behind a leader who can deliver it. Right now, I am thinking Bannon as the intellectual muscle and Donald Trump Jr. as the leader. The board is being set. Be ready.