There’s a scene in Ghostbusters when Venkman tries to convince the Mayor to let them try to deal with the ghosts threatening the Big Apple. Here is how it went:
Zeddemore: I'm Winston Zeddemore, Your Honor. I've only been with the company for a couple of weeks, but I gotta tell you: these things are real. Since I joined these men, I have seen shit that'll turn you white!
Venkman: Well, you can believe Mr. Pecker...
Peck: My name is "Peck."
Venkman: ...or you could accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "Biblical"?
Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor. Real wrath-of-God type stuff!
Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes!
Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Venkman: Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!
Mayor: Enough, I get the point! And what if you're wrong?
Venkman: If I'm wrong, then nothing happens! We go to jail; peacefully, quietly. We'll enjoy it! But if I'm right, and we can stop this thing... Lenny, you will have saved the lives of millions of registered voters. [Mayor slightly smiles and the Archbishop of New York nods in agreement]
Walter Peck: I don't believe you're seriously considering listening to these men!
Mayor: [contemplates; to officers while pointing at Peck] Get him outta here.
This year we will see a convergence of political forces that very well may be a disaster of Biblical proportions and it too will involve ghosts.
So far two ghosts have emerged on the world scene. They have taken possession of two key leaders. The first is Henry VIII and the second is Vlad the Impaler.
It’s true. Donald Trump is a reincarnation of Henry VIII and Vladimir Putin is a reincarnation of Vlad the Impaler. I am taking the conservative position in regards to Putin. There is mounting evidence to suggest that Putin is, in fact, Vlad. If you doubt this, Google it.
Regardless of whether or not Putin is a reincarnation of Vlad or the actual Vlad, we are about to see one of those historic matchups that people always allude to when it comes to sporting events. What if Muhammad Ali had fought Joe Louis? Get the picture?
Trump is a world class fop. He was born to wealth and has exploited everybody he has come in contact with. He lies about most everything and cannot endure anybody denying him or disagreeing with him or saying “no” to him. He is the kind of “tough guy” who has never actually been in a real fight. He lives in a gilded penthouse. He has his name on everything. He brags about assaulting women. He is willing to bring the country to ruin on a whim. He is Henry VIII.
Putin is an actual “tough guy”. He has no hesitation when it comes to killing people and he has the blood of thousands on his hands. He is not a fop, he is a psychopath. He is also an experienced politician who has played on the world stage for decades. He kills when it suits him. He is Vlad.
Trump’s stupidity is no match for Putin’s ruthlessness. Trump has likely been played by Putin for years. If we ever get to see Trump’s actual tax returns, we may discover just how much he has been compromised by his dealings with Russia.
Unfortunately for us, the only check we have on Trump is Congress, but the Republican majority is too busy salivating over the prospect of actually dismantling the government and lowering taxes and doing away with the social safety net that has protected us since FDR.
We have been in this same position before. George W. Bush made a deal with a Republican Congress. That Republican Congress left Bush alone to pursue his foreign policy and Bush left them alone to pursue their domestic agenda. The country did not fare well. When Bush left office we were on the verge of another Great Depression. Things looked bleak.
Trump and the Republican Congress will pursue a two tier agenda. They will support each other on their different domestic paths. Yes, Trump will have his domestic agenda and the Republican Congress will have its domestic agenda. In addition to this, Trump will have his foreign agenda and the Republican Congress will not. The exception to this may take place in the Senate. If a bi-partisan opposition rises to frustrate Trump in his desire to form a bromance with Putin, sparks might fly.
There is one other thing worth mentioning. There is another ghost who has been trying to take over Donald Trump and it has succeeded at times. It is the ghost of Nero. Indeed, Nero and Henry VIII may have reached a degree of détente in regard to Trump. They may be sharing him to varying degrees and in different arenas.