April 1st: Trump Becomes Sane, Truthful, Empathetic, and Supports Science

April 1st:  Trump Becomes Sane, Truthful, Empathetic, and Supports Science

I had a dream that Trump awoke one day, and became sane, decided to tell the truth, felt caring for those he inconveniences, and decided to support climate science, other sciences, and government science advisors.

There are three historical cases at least of once mentally ill rulers becoming sane and rational.  The oldest is Nebuchadnezzar II, King of Babylon, c. 605 BC – c. 562 BC.  He destroyed Solomon’s Temple in the Book of Kings and the Book of Jeremiah, and took the Hebrews to Babylon in 587 BC.  In the Book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar was mad for seven years, until he converted to Judaism, after which the Jews were released.

Another literary character is King Lear of Shakespeare’s play.  He gives his kingdom to his two evil daughters, and goes mad when they betray him.  When rescued, his madness vanishes.

King George III of England and Ireland was king from 1760-1820, during the American Revolution.  He was mad off and on, until it became permanent, and he was then replaced by his son as Prince Regent in 1810, until he became George IV.  George III was thought to be bipolar or having porphyria.

April Fools:  Trump is not going to act sanely and truthful.  Trump was trained all of his life to rent or sell property with any lies and exaggerations that he could dream up.  He became a billionaire doing this.  He was also taught to avoid renting or selling to any minorities, and was even fined for this.  This is totally ingrained in his character.

I used to debate whether Trump believed everything that he said, or knew that he was telling lies to his core followers.  I now realize that there is a third possibility. What Trump learned from an imaginary book:  “The Art of The Con” is that a truly great con requires that you not just know and act like you believe the con, it requires that you ACTUALLY BELIEVE the con itself.  You stick to the story, do everything that you would do if the con were true, and threaten all who you see are opposing you.  Doing this your entire life of 72 years, and it actually becomes TRUE in your own mind.  Trump has never faltered in doing this.

Sorry for such a cruel April Fools joke, but you just can’t pass up Trump on April Fools Day.  This is in response to Trump’s plan to start colonizing the Moon before his second term is over, despite the enormous expense involved, and the rushed schedule, only to satisfy his ego historically.

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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