Every day millions of Americans wake up fearing Trump’s next move. In one of his latest Twitter rants, he claimed to have a “much bigger” nuclear button than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s. Former President George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer, Richard Painter, said Trump’s tweet was 25th Amendment worthy.
Prominent historian James Traub has seen the Trump show before, and he believes America is on the brink of collapsing with Trump at the helm. Traub drew his conclusion by comparing the Trump pattern to previous failures of empires and countries.
Traub based his argument on “decadence.” He wrote, “Decadence is usually understood as an irreversible condition — the last stage before collapse.”
Decadence is what led to the fall of the Roman Empire. Traub explained, “The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse of faith in reason and science.”
Traub went on to nail the current state of America under Trump:
“We listen to necromancers who prophesy great things while they lead us into disaster. We sneer at the idea of a ‘public’ and hold our fellow citizens in contempt. We think anyone who doesn’t pursue self-interest is a fool.”
Traub concluded, “‘Decadence,’ in short, describes a cultural, moral, and spiritual disorder — the Donald Trump in us.”
Aside from the Trump effect on America, Traub pointed the finger at Newt Gingrich, who loves to spew anti-Democrat rhetoric.
Will America collapse under Trump after reaching uncharted heights in the Obama era?