12 Nov VAT: Trump, profound and profane
Every US President is memorialized in the collective consciousness in simple terms. Franklin Roosevelt = the depression, WWII; Truman = nuclear bombing of Hiroshima; Eisenhower = General; Kennedy = assassination; Johnson = Vietnam War; Nixon = Watergate; Ford = placeholder; Carter = peanut farmer; Reagan = optimist; Bush = Desert Storm; Clinton = Monica Lewinsky; Bush = 9/11, Gulf War; Obama = Obamacare; Trump = fake news, political incorrectness.
Of these associations, fake news will have the most profound and likely longest lasting affect on society. Today, most Americans realize media is a means to political and commercial ends; as such, it’s skewed; essentially, propaganda. This realization is an awakening that forces many to think independently to understand certain issues. Having done so in 2020, the populace decided it had had enough of the profane Trump but deeply considered the anti-capitalist Democratic platform and said “no” to that. Likewise, illegal immigration was not a major issue in the election. Had it been, the populace would have overwhelmingly voted for Biden as the Democratic Party’s anti-capitalistic platform would have made the US an unattractive destination for immigrants. That’s why there was no “blue wave” or coattails affect with the Biden victory.
As to profane, secular orthodoxy’s constitution is politically correct speech. Trump had none of that which got him unfavorably branded as Fascist, white-supremist, misogynist, anti-Semite, Nazi, etc.
On balance, Trump, profound and profane, will have had the most significant affect of any recent president on the populace going forward.