The President is very much a figurehead – he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.
An orange sash is what the President of the Galaxy traditionally wears.
On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had.
That is a quote from the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and it is quite prophetic, right down to the orange sash, though Trump prefers to wear it on his head.
The Distractor in Cheif is clearly meant to take attention away from the actual workings of government and focus it on the silly things he says, the people he fires, Russia, and how rich and elite his family is.
He is outraged all right. And all the focus will stay on that outrage.
He’s even got people to start watching cable again! And when citizens watch cable, citizens are properly programmed.
Trump does it all. He inspires fiery passions in the opposition and his followers alike. He is impossible not to comment on. If you think the government is corrupt, there are 100 examples all referring to Trump, and nothing else.
If you want to believe America is great again, just look at the examples Trump has given!
Ah but really Americans are ignorant and haughty–just look at the leader they elected!
All conversation involving power, the American government, the good, the bad, the corruption, the strength; Trump represents them all, and there is no reason to look elsewhere. No reason to dig deeper, to research and find the true rivers of power.
Trump is the great and powerful Oz, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a hilarious recap of all the issues with bureaucracy and centralized power. The archetypes of government workers are perfectly displayed as you find out the galaxy is pretty much run just like the Earth… unfortunately.
Sure, the Earth was destroyed to make a galactic bypass just minutes before new technology was created which made bypasses obsolete, but it’s not like we didn’t have a chance to protest!
After all, the plans for the demolition had been on display on Alpha Centauri for 50 years. Humans all had the proper chance at the proper time to petition the government not to destroy the Earth.
What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? For heaven’s sake mankind, it’s only four light years away you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs that’s your own lookout.”
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