Editor's Corner
Reflections
by Jonathan Gramling      
The Crowning of King Trump
is the last time you've encountered a poor person who was a member of royalty outside of Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper. Whoops, the pauper was a stand-
in for the prince.

I mention all of this because I do believe that President Donald Trump really wants to be King of the United States. I really do believe that.

And, of course, one of the requirements of being king is being rich. Rich before you become royalty. After all, Trump has gotten rich off of his real estate holdings
since being elected, perhaps backdoor bribes being disguised as wholesale rental of Trump hotels and properties. But you have to be rich before you get the crown.

Now for the past four years, Trump has refused to release his tax returns claiming that he is being audited — that’s the longest audit in the history of the United States
— and various other excuses to not divulge how much money he has made. I think there are two reasons. One, it would reveal his business and other ties with
Russia and the last thing that he wanted to do was contribute facts to the collusion case. I probably wouldn’t give it up either.

Secondly — and this has been verified by some New York Times articles — is that Trump has continuously lost money, well over $1 billion. Whether it is universities,
casinos or other enterprises outside of selling his name for building naming purposes, Trump has failed at business and probably has a lot less money than people
perceive him to have. Like Kim Kardashian, Trump has gotten rich being famous and not because he has really done anything. Trump has gotten rich off of being a
media darling, much like Kim. It’s no wonder that they get along, two peas in the same pod.

Now if Trump isn’t perceived as being rich, he won’t qualify to be America’s first king. It will lessen his public esteem and image and people won’t put up with his
authoritarian ways. Trump reminds me of some wannabe who has never really qualified to be a part of America’s old money establishment. He’s a wannabe who
never really fit in no matter how hard he tried. That’s his true appeal to segments of the American public. Trump is really someone who never really made it despite
all of the media attention and public promotion that he has had. On some levels, Trump is a down-on-his luck kind of guy like a coal miner is. Trump just has a little
bit more money.

But how Trump desires to be a member of royalty.

Trump is now claiming that Congress doesn’t have oversight power on the executive branch because they aren’t going to be nice with the information — it won’t
reflect well on Trump. And it is only good news about Trump that is allowed in the royal halls of Washington, D.C. Say anything bad about His Highness Donald and off
with your head.

And then there is that matter about the border wall between the United States and Mexico. King Louis XIV of France built his Palace of Versailles and King Trump will
build his border wall to be known ever after as the Great Wall of Trump, equally as useful as the Great Wall of China.
As King, Trump doesn’t have to ask Congress to appropriate the money. He can just declare and emergency — or manufacture one — and take the money, no matter
how Congress feels. And the members of Congress sit back in awe or fear and do nothing about the King’s usurpation of their power.

And of course there is King Trump’s court, composed of the Secretary of State and other cabinet members. They run about trying to appease King Trump or get
whipsawed back and forth with King Trump’s every whim of a foreign policy directive. Instead of having a coherent foreign policy based on facts, research and
experience, it is now based on the personal relationships that King Trump has with his peers, namely the autocrats of Russia, Saudi Arabia and United Arab
Emirates. King Trump can deal with them because they are what he aspires to be. Now there are the democratically-elected leaders of Canada, France and the like.
He disdains to work with them because they were elected by mere peasants and not through the efforts of the autocratic Russians.

He is the Trump who would be king.
Jonathan Gramling
For all of its professed democratic and egalitarian ideals, the United States populace has also, deep-down, been in awe of
royalty. You can see it in the hub-bub that happens every time the British royalty sneezes. England’s royal weddings cause a
significant part of the American public to get up in the middle of the night to watch a wedding.

And headlines were made when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle recently had a baby. Well I guess I have to admit that
there was some connection to the United States since Meghan was an American citizen before she and Harry got married. But if
I remember correctly, this same level of fanfare has been accorded to all royal births.

And then, of course, we have had America’s brand of royalty, the Kennedys. A large segment of the American populace idolized
the Kennedys. Being a Kennedy gave one special privileges not accorded to every day citizens. And how people idolized Jackie
Kennedy, who set fashion trends almost singlehandedly.

Now I would venture that an endearing quality of royalty is the perception of being rich. While the British royalty do many
charitable works, I bet even they don’t remember the last time a member of the family had to hold down a 9 to 5 job. And when