America's Made-For-TV President; This Is The Turning Point Of Our Culture Right Here

 America's Made For TV President; This Is The Turning Point Of Our Culture Right Here

Big Brother was a reality TV star too.

Trump is the kind of guy who wants his cake and eat it too.  He appears to have accomplished that because in addition to being the President of the United States, he will continue on as Producer of The Celebrity Apprentice, Variety reported recently, thereby establishing himself as Big Brother in the White House, to all intents and purposes.  Yes, Big Brother will be available on 54″ Smart TV’s and anything else that will carry a signal.  In his role as Big Brother, Trump will take to the airwaves at will to proselytize his views and explain to his constituents how to be in the Brave New World he promises, if you’ll forgive mixing Orwell with Huxley momentarily.  Big Brother, or Mango Mussolini, take your pick, will be seen on multiple screens at Costco, in sports bars, you name it.  You can pick him up on your smart phone and don’t be surprised if he demands that you do. 

TIME Magazine had this to say on the subject:

It will look and feel a lot like a political reality TV show played out on a grand stage, with producers scripting the biggest fights behind the scenes while leaving plenty of room for unrehearsed, populist public drama. Trump is the first truly made-for-television president. Every day will literally be a new episode shot in real-time, in front of a public and a world that simply can’t get enough of the spectacle.

The Trump political show will move from Trump Tower—where The Celebrity Apprentice was filmed—to the Oval Office at the end of January. But the cast of characters—and the dominance of television—will continue. Meanwhile, while running what is essentially a daily political show from the Oval Office, Trump will also direct a reality TV show airing on a national TV network. His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, defended the role to CNN on Friday. “Presidents have a right to do things in their spare time,” she said.

The political appointees auditioning for parts in the Trump political show are being cast from four sources—key people for defense, national security and foreign policy posts recommended by advisors Steve Bannon and Peter Thiel; a network of very conservative groups built up over the years that Rebekah Mercer’s family has funded; the massive Koch political network, coordinated by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his senior staff; and GOP operatives and officials who have told RNC chairman Reince Priebus that they can work for the mercurial Trump, according to people who have paraded past the gathered media horde in the made-for-television pilgrimage to the upper suites at Trump Tower.

Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek articulated this horror succinctly: “This is the moment right now. I feel like we have descended into a fantasy world.  Trump will be producing a TV show.  America has no rules.” P.T. Barnum said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” Indeed.  And I would opine that nobody will ever go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public, either. That is the tragic takeaway from the 2016 election. TiME also said, “Americans wanted change when they elected Trump as president.  They’re going to get it. Welcome to the first reality TV president.” Welcome, America, to Big Brother. This is the ticket you bought.

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