I have long felt that the US would need to follow the path of Rome. At some point, the inefficiency of the so called democratic government (NOTE: The US and Ancient Rome aren’t examples of true democracies - more on that later), with it's dithering congress and senate, swamp of lobbyists, and pandering mob, would fall prey to a Neo Caesar such as Trump. Trump is no Caesar. He is a Caesar salad made of wilting lettuce, soggy croutons and rancid dressing. But, this is America, a land with no real history and an overinflated sense of self. Their heroes’ plant apple seeds and cut down cherry trees (not true) but don't lie about it (if the first isn’t true hard to say the second is nothing more than truthiness). Therefore, the leader that will take them from a fading democracy (pseudo democratic republic) to a military republic needs to be made of plastic for it to fit the American mold, and what better person than a real estate salesman turned reality TV star and producer.
Again, Trump is no Julius Caesar nor was he close to any of the great Emperors of Rome such as Augustus or Marcus Aurelius, but I suppose he could be compared to someone like Tiberius who ruled from 14 AD to 37 AD. Here is a description of Tiberius from a website (so, it must be true):
Tiberius sank into morbid suspicion of everyone around him: he retreated to the island of Capri and revived the ancient accusation of maiestas (treason) and used it to sentence to death anyone he suspected. Roman historians Suetonius and Tacitus give us a picture of Tiberius living on Capri as a depraved sexual predator, which may owe more to colourful imagination than to fact, though he certainly made use of a sheer drop into the sea to dispose of anyone he took issue with.
Or, perhaps Gaius, better known as Caligula who ruled after Tiberius:
Gaius (‘Caligula, or ‘little bootee’ – a childhood nickname given him by his father's troops) is best known for a series of eccentric actions, such as declaring war on the sea and proclaiming himself a god.
It is obviously over dramatic to pronounce that a Neo Rome and Neo Caesar has arrived, but I did tell you that I believe in truthiness. And, in that vein, I predict Trump will be known as the president who ushered in a new era of American government which will lay the strength of governing with the military. Yes, I know, how is that different from before? It is going to get worse.
And, it should be noted that Julius Caesar's rise lay in part with the support of the working class of Rome which was how Trump's rise to power was facilitated. Trump knew of the dissatisfaction within the ranks of the working class, especially the demographic resembling the color of mashed potatoes and he played them like a cheap fiddle. Although Caesar had a genuine interest in the poor, Trump's interest only lay in the need to vacuum their votes into electoral college victories.
Not A Democracy
America is not a democracy. In fact, there has never been a democracy. And even if there had been an example of a democracy it wouldn’t have lasted long enough to merit being written about. People can’t agree on what types of pizzas to order much less make any effective decisions regarding the governing of society. Democracy in its purest form is mob rule and quickly devolves into anarchy of the biggest man holding the biggest stick who eventually is murdered in his sleep by the next biggest man with the next biggest stick. Democracy is a Santa Claus myth created to keep all the little children happy and willing to work hard for the dream of society.
The closest thing the world has ever seen regarding democracy would be 5th century Athens and the people allowed to vote in that system was only 10-20 percent of the population (a similar percentage to that at the onset of the so called American democracy…IT’S A REPUBLIC!). The next closest example is the Roman Republic, which America bases their republic upon. In the Roman Republic, the upper class, through various means, held sway over the decisions of who would get elected and what would get done. The senate itself was an appointed body and for the vast majority of its existence was controlled by members of the aristocracy. So, not that much different from the USA, the United States of Aristocracies, which is a beautiful illusion, tuned to the frequency of capital concentration.