I was going to write a post on the impact of the Trumped up presidency, but got side tracked thinking about the word, name, itself, so that other post will have to wait for a day or two or three. I am struck by the definition of trump up: “to concoct especially with intent to deceive : fabricate, invent.”
What a perfect description of the empty essence of the current president. I have thought so for some time, but can’t recall anyone zeroing in on the perfect fit as I am about to do. Hillary Clinton did make a tangential remark at a debate referring to his “Trumped up trickle down theory of economics,” but that was a misguided attempt to be clever with little impact.
That aside, let’s look at another version of the word: trumpery. While today it refers to material objects of little or no value, back in the mid-15th century it meant deceit or fraud or worthless nonsense. That sense is now obsolete, but the Trump phenomenon may wind up prompting its rejuvenation.
We might also add: to trump: as in bridge where one suit is all powerful over the other three, which certainly suits Trumped-Up’s vision of presidential powers in relationship to congress, the judiciary and the press.
For the Donald to have such a suitable name reminds me of what Carl Jung, Freud’s most well known “student”, called “synchronicity”, which means coincidental acts that seem too coincidental to be mere coincidence, eerily so. We are being led by the shallowest of fabricating fools as if the”the force” has declared we deserve to be , and provided that name as our clue.
So, when in the future I refer to President Trumped-Up or the Trumped-Up presidency, know that I’m not trying to be cute or clever. Simply concise.