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Monday, May 1, 2017

Mutual Assured Lunacy, Postscript

Postscript - 
Because there was too much Mutual Assured Lunacy to cover things in one go.

I'm an Internet expert too.
It's all right to wire the industrial zone only,
but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired.
- Kim Jong-il 

I may be missing a few subtleties but the North Korean Cult of Personality and the Trump Cult of Personality appear to have some similarities . . . 

Many are saying I'm the best 140 character writer in the world.
It's easy when it's fun.
- @realDonaldTrump

And some differences.

The primary one being a North Korean 60 year head start . . . 
but, given enough time . . .
and the destruction of our economy . . . 

Our Beloved Supreme Leader, Baron Trump IV will be ruling the post WWIII Consolidated Territories with a loving but firm hand. 

Prior to mutually assured destruction, a point of barter the US President might want to consider is one of the leading North Korean exports . . . 

Enormous, idolatrous and stylized statues

These statues [from North Korea] look like they're made to be toppled
- Adrian Tinniswood, Historian

The largest to date is a 160 feet structure in bronze located in Senegal and celebrating the African Renaissance Monument. 

The appeal is in the statement of the obvious -
and of course size is everything.
- William Feaver, Art Critic

Unable to pay a $27 million bill, the President of Senegal deeded state owned land to the regime. In addition, he didn't consider the displeasure of the majority Muslim population with the exposed breasts of both sexes.

Then there is a shared fondness for medals. 

Man, that’s like big stuff. 
I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. 
This was much easier. 
- Trump

This is what you look like when you are awarded a Purple Heart.
Noting easy about it.
- Senator Tammy Duckworth

After 60 yeas without war, North Korea appears to use some creativity in awarding medals and honors including: 

Order of Railway Service Honour (1st Class, 2nd Class, 3rd Class),  Order of Fishery Service Honour (1st Class, 2nd Class), and Order of Colliery (coal mine) Service Honour (1st Class, 2nd Class, 3rd Class) 

If the American imperialists provoke us a bit,
we will not hesitate to slap them with a pre-emptive nuclear strike.  The United States must choose!
It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not.
- Kim Jong-un

Ironically, we may already be at war with North Korea and our current Head of State wasn't the crazy politician who started it. 

In March of 2017, Senator McCain called Kim Jong Un "this crazy fat kid" and Senator Cruz called North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

The Official DPRK Statement:
"As such guys as John McCain and Ted Cruz made a provocation tantamount to declaration of war against the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], the DPRK will take steps to counter it. They will have to bitterly experience the disastrous consequences to be entailed by their reckless tongue-lashing and then any regret for it will come too late." 

It is unclear if we are at war or just on notice. 

However, if the official statement had characterized Trump as "one of such guys", our commander-in-chief wouldn't wait for the completion of his 32 super sized images before launching some shock and awe.

He may take some comfort in knowing that a very popular, giant Trump figure, is already in place. 

In the Year of The Rooster and the Year of The Donald, China has created a Trump Rooster. The inflatables range in size, and cost, with a six-foot blow up selling for $50, and a 52-foot model for $5,300. 

If they were available in the US, would buy one for everyone I know. Maybe that's why we aren't going to trade with China anymore.

One more bit of irony? 

Graffiti by @furia139 in London

Our country is a laughingstock. All over the world, they're laughing. - Trump, Nov. 7, 2016 

I'm not sure how many eye rolls or witticisms were directed at America pre 2017, but I am willing to bet Our Great and Beloved Leader has insured our place in global buffoonery.

To my American friends,
I have an eight-person tent that I can set up in the forest behind my house but you may need your own air mattresses.
@bruce_arthur (from Toronto)

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