Trump Dower

Dower: from Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dotare “to endow, portion,” from dos (genitive dotis), from PIE *do-ti, from root *do- “to give”, *dō-, Proto-Indo-European root meaning “to give.”

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Sanskrit dadati “gives,” danam “offering, present;” Old Persian dadatuv “let him give;” Greek didomi, didonai, “to give, offer,” dōron “gift;” Latin dare “to give, grant, offer,” donum “gift;” Armenian tam “to give;” Old Church Slavonic dati “give,” dani “tribute;” Lithuanian duoti “to give,” duonis“gift;” Old Irish dan “gift, endowment, talent,” Welsh dawn “gift.”

Considerable debate surrounds the political advantage afforded by or deriving from the current multiple legal battles of Donald J. Trump. So far it’s not looking well for Trump. His fictional legacy is rapidly declining amid unparalleled media attention which Trump would normally adore but the images of him this afternoon during his criminal arraignment in the New York City courtroom at 100 Centre Street paint a markedly different and disconsolate aspect.  Trump’s erstwhile dusty Green Room boastfulness as a reality TV show entertainer is proving to be no match for the exceedingly superior acuity and precision of the American justice system.

The arraignment of a president of the United States of America is historic. The indictment is also singular not only for its content but importantly because its putative political purpose echoes the defendant’s own prior conduct in a previous election campaign directed to Hillary Rodham Clinton (whom I can only assume is watching today’s arraignment proceedings with inexpressible glee). Trump is today one step closer to being locked up.

The venue of today’s activity was New York City, the defendant’s native territory.  There’s been no substantive rallying in favour of the accused. The powerful New York City police have put the public on notice that there will be no tolerance of misbehaviour. The NYC force is astronomically superior to that of Washington DC where the assault upon the Capitol occurred. No doubt any revolutionary candidates will think cautiously before stepping into the fray – particularly while their leader is being arraigned in nearby criminal court.  While it appears that the defendant’s habitual comic entertainment agenda is attracting much diminished attention from the American public, what is more imaginable is that Americans are fatigued by constant political bantering without any evidence of attention to the administrative duties of government. The defendant’s bravado is reminiscent of an archaic highland contest between competing Celtic tribes.

“Thus the Highlander was an object of hatred to his Saxon neighbours; and from his Saxon neighbours those Saxons who dwelt far from him learned the very little that they cared to know about his habits. When the English condescended to think of him at all,—and it was seldom that they did so,—they considered him as a filthy abject savage, a slave, a Papist, a cutthroat, and a thief.”

Excerpt From
The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 3
Thomas Babington Macaulay

The realistic conclusion of these proceedings is that Americans will simply await the turning of the wheels of justice.  Whatever the outcome and however long it takes, Americans are anxious to conclude the lingering damage of the defendant’s conduct and to get on with the business of life. Meanwhile in the wings the vultures are already circling.  The GOP as it was once known is discombobulated by Trumpism which may today have reached its apex before beginning its precipitous dénouement. Either way it all heralds a monumental shift in American politics as the country seeks to reacquaint itself with democracy and improvement of the beleaguered and battle-torn American way of life.