There have been several articles making this assertion. That Trump is a symptom of the disease that has taken hold of the Republican Party, of US society, culture, and politics. And of the malaise affecting liberal democracies around the world. I think its a compelling argument. And one people of all political viewpoints ought to consider. Many of my liberal friends hold out hopes that the Mueller investigation is going to somehow magically undo the results of the 2016 election. That's not going to happen. But my conservative friends have some soul searching to do as well. How did a reality TV/carnival barker become the leader of the party of Reagan and Eisenhower? (Concerned about budget deficits and the debt? Seen the latest numbers from the CBO? Are you happy now?) Donald Trump will disappear from the US political scene in either 2020 or 2024. (Bit of an assumption here..) The question is: Will the disease that spawned his rise and Presidency be under control by then? Or will Trump's frankly incompetent authoritarianism be replaced by something even more malignant? Because if that disease it is not contained, then the United States - as the leader of the world's finance capitalist liberal democracies - is doomed. Those, my friends, are the stakes.