Hi. My name is John Parke, I hail from South Africa and am married with grown up children.

I am a retired organic and geochemist with a philosophical bent.

To me being philosophical is not merely knowing, but more importantly understanding. So to me, what someone says is not as important as why that person says it. This is particularly true of the whole Trump presidency scene.

Carrying this concept of knowing vs. understanding over to politics, I am fascinated by how politicians manipulate the population as well as why the population in general believe politicians, year after year, after year after year after …

In Africa there is plenty of this dynamic: psychopathic leaders followed by blind adoring masses. It happens in Western political systems as well, e.g. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Franco … But Africa has this pathological system as default.

Now the United States of America has gone full turbo mode into becoming a banana republic. I saw this coming during the Republican primaries when Donald Trump knocked out one candidate after the other.

I love history, and this is history in the making.

There is so much of this Trumpian story that I find mindbogglingly fascinating. This immigrant hating son of a white European immigrant couple from Germany and Scotland, acting like an archetypal African despot ruling the United States of America.

You just could not make this up. So, since I can’t make it up, I decided to follow the daily toings and froings of the Trump story.

How will normal decent rational people, and yes there are such people in the Congress and Senate, deal with this madness?