All this time, I've been thinking that there were two very separate forces at work in the Age of Trump:
1) The relatively-recent mission to destroy America by high-level cooperation with Vlad "Bad Boy" Putin to install Trump, Tillerson, Ryan, and (Wilbur) Ross, enabling the extermination of the hated State Department and the US economic engine. Bonus points for the sheer audacity of putting Perry in the Dept. of Energy and Pruitt at EPA.
2) The 85-year Republican mission to destroy the New Deal and insure that All The Money not only flows to the Absolutely Wealthy, but, in fact, gushes directly into their pockets.
Now, it appears that we have achieved synergy. The Republicans, whether they have truly realized it yet, have actually fully embraced the Russian model, where the nation's political machinery is expressly, fearlessly, and OPENLY focused on enriching the powerful (hint, you don't have to be an American to benefit), without any troubling conscience asking 'what about everybody else?'. Thievery is Good. Compassion is simulated.
Welcome to the new USA, the western subsidiary of 'Putin, Inc'. Now that that ship has sailed, let's see if the French, Dutch, and Germans are, unlike us, able to resist. Dutch election is Wednesday.
The Resistance is strong, and MSNBC still on the air, but this is a country ruled by bullshit and kool-aid, and History (with the exception of Purim's lesson) is not on our side.
Truly, we are witnessing days that will provide material to PhD candidates for centuries to come, assuming the art of writing survives.