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Donald Trump . . .why is he still a “thing”?

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I’ve been away for awhile. Awhile. Four months to be exact. I’ve been trying, more or less successfully, to deal with some “personal issues” which have made it pretty nigh impossible for me to be polite in mixed company. I’m talking (typing, actually) here about the continued presence of Donald Trump in the media. I first wrote about my feelings for this jackass back in August (which was, if anyone is keeping track, the last time I posted anything on this blog). Back then I likened the prevailing republican campaign atmosphere to that of the “Mad Tea Party” from “Alice in Wonderland”. Since then it’s gotten worse . . .much worse. And I have to ask myself, “Why?”

Why hasn’t anyone — the media, the other Republican “candidates”(I’m talking Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio & Jeb! Bush(league) — called this narcissistic a**hole out? Are they so afraid of losing their “base” they’re afraid to confront a demagogue who’s running roughshod over their party?  They’re afraid, terrified they may lose a vote; after all, if they don’t win the nomination they (Cruz and Rubio, anyway) have to go back to be being senators and they’ll need the votes to stay in office and continue being insufferable, obstructionist jerks on the public’s dime. And Bush will have to go back to being bush-league; an ex-governor and one-time “smarter” Bush brother. Somebody should sit these yahoos down and explain to them that they can’t hope to win anything if they’re not willing to risk everything. But they’ve convinced themselves they can win their party’s nomination by risking nothing, and thereby losing everything.

There was a time when the leaders — the supposed leaders, and the aspiring leaders — of political parties actually led their parties. That is no longer the case. The wannabe leaders of today’s Republican party have abrogated their right to be called leaders. They have relinquished that right (or any right they may have hoped to gain) to the ultra-conservative fringes of their party; instead of leading, they’ve chosen to be led and forced to jump through ever smaller, ever tighter hoops.

Of course, there’s still hope. Primary season hasn’t actually begun yet. No one has cast a vote, for or against anyone in the race. Polls can be manipulated — an outrageous claim spoken at the right moment and the polls swing this way or that — but voter tallies can’t be so easily manipulated (well, they can be but it’s unlikely anyone will try that particular trick anytime soon). Sooner or later, “The Donald” will be forced to make some sort of serious policy statement, take a real position on matters of national import instead of telling us what to be afraid of (gays, Muslims, “terrorists”, etc. . ), assorted ad hominem attacks on his competitors, and how unfair the media is to question anything he says.

Sooner or later (and the sooner, the better), the public is going to come to the realization the Trump “campaign” is a joke, and one not worth repeating.

 

 

 

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Written by stevewthomas

December 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Posted in changing careers

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  1. Thing is, with those that are supporting this jackwagon actually looking to vote and AGREEING with his misogynism, bigotry and overall plan to screw the US back to the Dark Ages, there is the possibility that his campaign could lead to a re-election campaign of more of the same. Trump has managed to make and lose billions without really losing anything of his own. He hasn’t had to have much in the way of intelligence or real knowledge to get where he is. To lead the Free World, you kinda need to know about the laws and how things actually work and WHY they do so. Trump leads a pack of morons. We can certainly hope that pack doesn’t win the day. As for my own hope for the upcoming election: FEEL THE BERN!

    scfaler

    December 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  2. Hi Steve!

    I am happy to hear you again! T’was about time, If I can say so.

    If I can use the example of my own country, the newspaper were very reluctant to take position against our own idiot. Even the day before the election, most national newspapers and editorialists were aksing us to vote him back in. I know Canada is a small little country of not much consequence (for your country’s citizens, at least), but things happen! People get a wake up call, they get fed up with the bull…t or just get to vote against the idiots! You never know!

    From a distance, your clown makes us laugh. It just can’t be real! Come on! They had Bush for so long, we say, they had enough, no? Had Obama done such a poor job that Trump is attractive? It can’t be!

    I am trying to follow the election campaign, but, I have to admit, I am more interested in the changing world outside north America to pay real attention. I am afraid that the rest of the world is not looking either.

    Keep me posted!

    Mrs. Street

    December 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    • Always good to hear from you, Mrs.Street. And always nice to have a different perspective. Sorry to say we don’t get a lot of coverage of Canadian politics in the US. We should, though. Unfortunately, some of the media outlets (mostly online) here only commented on how “Hollywood handsome” your new prime minister is. Which only goes to prove how obsessed my country is with “splash” and how little interested they are in substance. I agree that Trump is a joke, a particularly “off-color” joke which, if what we in the US believe is true of Canada — that you are an exceptionally polite people — most of you would find more offensive than humorous (I know I do!).
      I shall endeavor to “keep you posted” on happenings here. Next up: The Democrats.
      Be well, Mrs. Street. And may the holidays be full of good cheer for you and yours.

      stevewthomas

      December 22, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      • Thanks, Steve! And best wishes for the Holidays to you and your family. We’ll chat again in the New Year! And should I wish that the Force be with you?

        Mrs. Street

        December 23, 2015 at 7:05 am

  3. Hey Steve!

    I hope you had a nice Christmas!

    I was reading one of our national newspaper this morning and thought of sending you a comment that I thoight you might enjoy. A view from afar…

    Enjoy and I’ll talk to you in the New Year!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/obama-the-rational-heavyweight/article27946754/

    Mrs. street

    Mrs. Street

    December 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

    • Thank you so much for the article. . .pity no one (apparently) reads out-of-country (much less out-of-town) newspapers. The article was enlightening and an inspiration for my creativity . . .I feel another post coming one. . .See you in the New Year. -S-

      stevewthomas

      December 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm


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