Watching Donald Trump’s immigration speech last week brought to mind the savageness of a Nazi rally scapegoating the Jews. The underlying viciousness of the message was clear: those evil illegals, the source of all of our problems, are raping and murdering our people and destroying our country. It is hard to believe that this barbarity and darkness has come to mainstream America in what we like to think of as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” On the political right, at least, it seems more like the land of the duped and the home of the rabid. Meanwhile, craven politicians and mercenary media shills are succumbing to the plague.
The media, with their love of sensationalism and their nauseating insistence of false equivalence, are particularly culpable. They would have us believe that Hillary’s email “scandal”, which harmed no one and leaked nothing, is somehow on a par with The Donald’s long list of destructive marauding. While Trump managed to enrich himself at every turn, he left behind countless thousands with nothing to show for their money which somehow, amazingly, ended up in his pockets. The aggrieved list includes: the students at Trump University; the contractors who never got paid; the stiffed investors in Atlantic City; the hundreds of financially drained victims of Trump’s malicious lawsuits; to name only those who come immediately to mind. Any one of these stories seems, by multiple orders of magnitude, far worse than some sloppy email filings. And yet, here we are, with the false narrative of Hillary’s untrustworthiness taking hold and rivaling Trump’s almost nonstop, boastful dishonesty and slippery manipulations.
To those who have contributed to the normalization of all things Trump, including those too intimidated by his bluster and his threats and those who are more interested in political or financial power than the good of the community and the country, I say to you Shame!!. Your complete lack of integrity has contributed to a growing, nationwide inability to discern truth from fiction, or to discern real issues from made-up tropes. It is time for some inner effort from national leaders, especially in the Republican Party and in the media, to face and discuss reality and fact rather than indulge in feel-good self-righteousness and false, self-aggrandizing indignation. It is time to wake up and smell the coffee, or the coffee will bubble over and not only burn you but possibly burn the whole house down.
It is hard not see Trump running into some more trouble over the next ten days, with transiting Saturn moving into a sesquiquadrate with his natal Venus (25Cancer44) through September 17. There is also the transiting Pluto station currently sesquiquadrate his natal Ascendant (29Leo55) and square to his natal Chiron (14Libra55) through October 2, a configuration that not only puts him into the midst of a major power struggle but also constantly attacks his vulnerable sense of self-worth (2nd house Chiron), which he skillfully hides within the brazenness of his narcissistic ramblings. It seems likely that the constant political attacks are getting under his skin.
The one positive aspect coming up for Trump is the tertiary Venus conjunction to his Ascendant from October 10 through November 8. This may add to his popularity and contribute to some tightening of the polls. But the concurrent tertiary Sun conjunct tertiary Neptune through October seems likely to infuse some unrealistic and grandiose expectations into the mix that will be dashed with the election.
Hillary has been on somewhat of a holding pattern in the last several weeks. That is about to change with enough Jupiter and Venus activation to build up her popularity and attractiveness to voters through March 2017. As of today, transiting Jupiter has moved into a semisquare with her Venus (16Scorpio14) through September 15. This will be followed by transiting Mercury sextile Venus and then transiting Venus conjunct her Sun (9/24 -25). In addition, tertiary Venus will be conjunct tertiary Sun from September 23 through October 16. If the polls tighten at all, it will be between October 16 and November 1. At that point, transiting Pluto will move back into its sextile with her natal Venus through December 12, seemingly to take her over the finish line. There is also the tertiary Jupiter progression opposite natal Mars (8/1 to 12/10) and opposite natal Pluto (11/21 to 3/6), as well as conjunct tertiary Sun (12/25 to 2/3). All of this leads to the likelihood of a Hillary Clinton victory come Election Day.