President Trump has already decided that a permanent war with the press is exactly the way to distract the public from the disorganization of a spotless mind. Next come bread and circuses. Military marches and other calls to patriotism and rebuke to those who would question his authority.
Trump is soothed by the addition of the gold touches to the White House. The gold reinforces a sense of grandeur. America starts being great again with gold leaf. Lots of it. No amount of redecorating can eliminate a sense of foreboding that his own simple, self-centeredness has just been overwhelmed by reality.
Trump will tackle complexity for a while, but nothing in his history or his campaign suggests he has the bandwidth or discipline for the long haul. So management of the public interest in the federal government will soon be turned over to members the Trump Cabinet. If the confirmation hearings are any indication, in key respects the changes ahead will be the most radical in 100 years.
Put simply, Trump -- like Florida Governor Rick Scott -- has a vastly over-inflated sense of what is right for the economy. Instead of caution for consequences, his administration will take a chain saw to protections government has been charged to maintain: public health, food safety, public education, drug safety, regulations protecting the quality of our air and water. They call it states' rights.
The changes will be carried out by an army of right wing conservatives, organized by think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute -- funded by the nation's top Republican donors like the Koch Brothers. It will be up to the free press to uncover for the public, as it began to do over the weekend, each and every point where the Trump administration is lying. Fasten your seat belts, world.