America went down the "rabbit hole" in 2016, and is struggling to get back out into "the real world," after Trump's emergence as our first wannabee dictator.
In Alice in Wonderland, a classic novel by Lewis Carroll, there was a character, the Queen of Hearts, whose trademark phrase was "Off with his head!" which she uttered at the slightest dissatisfaction with a subject.
Which quickly brings to mind Trump's version of Wonderland; a swampy world where he rules like a King, and can silence his detractors using the president's bully pulpit and ignoring laws.
In his world, Trump can call for his perceived enemies heads without rebuke. Without consequences. When courts go against his draconian attempts to divide this country he lashes out like the Queen of Hearts.
In the book, the Queen is so cold-hearted at one point she orders her Cheshire Cat to be beheaded. When the executioner complained that it was impossible to behead the cat when all that could be seen of him was his head, the Queen was furious.
When Trump realized he couldn't get away with stopping the Russian investigation, under special counsel Robert Mueller, with threats and intimidation, he became furious. His tweet storms have increased in intensity in recent weeks.
One of the highlights of Trump's swamp world was when he visited Saudi Arabia and was literally treated like visiting royalty. If there's one country on the planet Trump really likes it's Saudi Arabia.
Beyond the corrupt business ties Trump established with the Saudis, and with the help of his son-in-law Jared Kuskner, he has turned his head away from the human rights violations that the "Kingdom" constantly flouts.
The most recent example is the possible beheading of a female political activist, Israa al-Ghomgham, who goes on trial in October. Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz bromance was no accident.
Trump's admiration for complete power and the King's methods of beheading detractors, fits nicely in his swampy wonderland.
Saudi Arabia remains “one of the most prolific executioners in the world”, beheading at least 100 people in 2017 alone, according to Amnesty International.
Trump continues to bide his time with verbal attacks, hoping the day will come when he can get away with calling for Mueller's head, and it's carried out by his minions in the swamp.
Time for me to walk on down the road...