FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. If North Korea has been a foreign policy headache for Barack Obama’s presidency, it threatens to be a migraine for his successor. The next president will likely contend with an adversary able to strike the continental U.S. with a nuclear weapon. Whoever wins the White House in the Nov. 8 election is expected to conduct a review of North Korea policy(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

This One Trump Action is What Third World Kleptocrats Do

If you go to the third world, whether Zimbabwe or North Korea, you’ll find that the authoritarian dictators like to tie their ascension to power to a day of patriotism. Well, we have that here now too. Donald Trump declared Inauguration Day the “National Day of Patriotic Devotion,” which sounds like something the North Koreans would drum up.

We already have a day for patriotic devotion. It is called Independence Day and it has everything to do with the founding of our nation and nothing to do with Donald Trump or any other President. Heck, for that matter, we have Washington’s Birthday, which we now generically treat as President’s Day.

Of course the funniest thing about this, and something that would never pass in a third world kleptocracy, is Trump filed the declaration for January 20, 2017, on January 23th and it will not even be published until tomorrow.

Still, this reeks of third world kleptocracy. What’s next? Giant billboards of the President on the sides of buildings and at the location of all public works projects?

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