Don’t be the Emperor. Be the child who announces his nakedness.
Don’t be the King. Be his fool, who speaks the truth about him.
You are a showman. You are a canny negotiator. You are accustomed to playing the fool. Play him.
Think of it as a crushing, maximal, appalling opening position. Your adversaries don’t know the first thing about negotiating. They won’t respond with a counteroffer. They’ll just convulse on the floor, bite their tongues, weep, gibber, and soil themselves.
So, why not go for the whole enchilada?
Never have Americans been so desperate as now to know that he who leads them knows and speaks the truth. Speak it now, on every score, without a jot of reserve. The chattering class, who want desperately to preserve their illusions and their sinecures, will hate you for it. But they already hate you, as much as is humanly possible. What then have you to lose?
Upend it all. Your people will love you for it, and history will smile upon you, as a simple honest realist.
Never since Caligula has the Establishment Narrative been so completely divorced from reality. Never therefore has it been so wonderfully poised for a catastrophic fall, and a wonderfully refreshing and salubrious, a rejuvenating and encouraging recovery. So let Humpty Dumpty fall. Give him a little push.
He’s a bad egg.
Never have Americans been so desperate as now to confront the truth, and to deal with it honestly. If you do not now step up and speak the truth, ruthlessly, simply, charitably, gently, implacably – then will your countrymen be yet more desperate for it tomorrow, and yet more the next day, and even more the next. When then the truth inevitably makes itself known, as inevitably it must, their vengeance will be terrible, the toll horrific.
Make the truth known now, and act upon it, and urge us all to act, while there is still a chance that the ensuing adjustment may be peaceable, and orderly, so as to preserve our Union.
Now is the time. As usual, among us mere men.