Mar 13, 2016
Reaping the Whirlwind of Donald Trump
For years, the Republican party has sown the wind with hate and now it's reaping the whirlwind of Donald Trump. (Not that the Republican party is going to take any responsibility for that --- they're Republicans.) Years of encouraging the Tea Party, the racism of birtherism, the erosion of women's rights and voter's right, religious bigotry, the defense of torture, etc, etc, etc and what do you get? You get Donald Trump. Call it what you will: reaping the whirlwind, karma, lie down with dogs get up with fleas, chickens coming home to roost, you made your bed now lay in it ------ it's all about actions having consequences. And in this case the consequence is the blowhard Donald Trump and his blowing may damage the Republican party for years to come as their "bigger tent" approach of widening the Republican party's appeal is left in tatters by the Trump tornado. Excuse me as I laugh my head off for just a moment ----- until I think about the fact that it's not just the Republican party that's experiencing the whirlwind that is Donald Trump. It's all of us.
Donald Trump is the consummate salesman saying what his audience wants to hear because he knows what's in their hearts. So his audience believes the political equivalent of a snake oil salesman. Gullible because they are so pleased, no, angrily delighted at what they're hearing, they believe him to the point they may make him the Republican party's candidate for president of the United States and there's even talk of Trump making it into the White House.
Now do I think that Donald Trump is going to be the next president of the United States? No, not really. I just don't think there's a big enough pro-hate, angry white people voting bloc. But, on the other hand, if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, Hillary's such a lousy candidate that she'll lose votes that another Democratic candidate would have gotten. (Including mine, and I say that as voter in Florida, one of the all-important swing states that actually does decide who's going to be President.) So given a choice between two such lousy candidates (or as South Park would put it, a choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich), maybe Donald Trump could win. Though I doubt it.
But even if Trump did win, I'm not going to panic at the idea of a Donald Trump presidency. One man, no matter how incompetent, no matter how big a buffoon, can destroy the United States of America. George W. Bush's presidency taught me that. This was the president who didn't take seriously the memo titled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US." So 9-11, the worst terrorist attack in US history, happened on his watch or, to be precise, his lack of watch as Bush failed to take Bin Laden seriously. And speaking of failing to take Bin Laden, Bush failed to take Bin Laden. After vowing to take Bin Laden "dead or alive" President Incompetent didn't do either, and months after 9-11, Bush in a show of typical political ass-covering, was reduced to saying of Bin Laden "I just don't spend that much time on him." So getting Bin Laden --- dead --- was left to the Democratic President Obama to successfully do what President Incompetent utterly failed to do. Instead of focusing on getting Bin Laden, what W decided to do was to invade Iraq in a war based on lies about weapons of mass destruction that did not exist. Thereby, not so incidentally, putting the US's international reputation in the toilet and flushing the widespread sympathy the US had after 9-11 down that toilet. So Bush failed to keep the United State safe. He got us involved in an unnecessary war. Instead of FDR's inspiring, "The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself," Bush's administration constantly pushed an attitude of be-afraid-be-very-afraid with regular terror alerts issued. And the resulting fear was used to justify torture, spying on its own citizens and secret courts. (The latter two continuing under Obama.) Then there's the economics. Economically, Bush, who had been handed a budget surplus by his Democratic predecessor, ran up record budge deficits (which continue to this day). And, then to top off his incompetency, on Bush's watch the economy collapsed and, unlike during the Great Depression where the government focused on helping out individual citizens, this time the government bailed out Wall Street who caused the economic meltdown in the first place. As for Trump being an embarrassment as president, I can recall W holding hands with Arab royalty (male, not female), not being able to open a door (among his other gaffes) and speaking movingly of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's heart and soul. I facepalmed my way through W's embarrassing actions. If I have to, I can facepalm my way through a Trump presidency. Because I really don't see how a Donald Trump presidency could be worse than the eight years of George W. Bush.
A part of me would even enjoy a Donald Trump presidency. I'd enjoy watching The Donald fail. Again and again and again. He'd fail to implement his policies. Not that Donald Trump would ever admit that he failed. He may not be a Republican in other ways, but Donald Trump is 100% Republican in that way.
A part of me would enjoy Donald Trump's failed presidency because it would be an object lesson, a great object lesson, to his lemmingheaded* followers. Because Trump wouldn't make America "great" again (his followers' version of great). But, the problem is that they are lemmingheaded. Meaning Trump's failures would be an object lesson his followers would fail to learn. You see, I live amongst the fetid waters of the pro-hate, angry, white people who almost all claim to be Christians. I know them. (I even like them, just not in the area of politics. Instead I try to focus on common grounds we share.) One thing I know for sure is that when Donald Trump fails, they won't blame Trump. They'll blame Obama. And if not Obama specifically, they'll blame the Democrats or (as they oh-so-intelligently-and-eloquently say) the libturds. They won't blame themselves or their chosen representatives or their chosen president. No, whatever goes wrong in this country, it's always some Democrat's fault.
Now does that mean I think they're too stupid to learn? No. Definitely not. I do live among them. I don't think these people are all stupid. And I know for a fact that some of them are quite smart. I think they can learn. It's just they won't learn. Not on this. On this they've built themselves massive bunkers of denial and most of them will die before they leave the bunker. And to the people inside that bunker, everything that goes wrong is always the fault of some Democrat.
The Republican party is already doing that. They're already not taking responsibility for Trump. Instead Trump is Obama's fault. I had to laugh when I read that. Of course, the Republicans would do that. It's what they do. It's what would make Trump such a classic Republican president --------- because the buck will never stop with him. He'll just whine and blame someone else while acting like he's great and hasn't failed at all.
But, as I said, I don't think that Donald Trump is going to be the next President of these United States. I think he's going to lose.
And by his own definition when Donald Trump fails to become president, he's a loser. He ran. He lost. He's a loser. Same as John McCain's a loser (to Trump). But, even if Trump loses, I think it's the rest of the country that's the loser (except the news media), because even as a loser, we're never going to hear the end of Donald Trump.
So in that sense Donald Trump wins. And wins big. Because what Donald Trump wants most is attention. And he's got it. For the foreseeable future, maybe even the rest of his life. Because if Trump's not president, we'll get a constant stream of what he would have done as president and how it would have been great. Every time something, anything, happens there will be Trump bragging about how he would have handled it. And there will be the news cameras continuing to give him all the publicity of his wildest wet dreams. I can only imagine the orgasms Trump must already be experiencing as he uses his stubby fingers to jerk himself off while basking in all the attention he's getting. (I can only imagine it because I sure as hell wouldn't want to see it.) Yet that is the future of this country even with a Trump loss. There's no getting away from The Donald.
Now you might think that answer to getting away from Trump is that Donald Trump Must Die. There was even a Facebook page about assassinating Trump. But I don't want Donald Trump to die. I really don't. Because I know what would happen. The single event where I realized that the American news media had sunk to a new nadir was when that balloon-breasted, prescription junkie, golddigger, Anna Nicole Smith died and the news spent an entire week covering it and proclaiming said balloon-breasted, prescription junkie golddigger to be "America's rose." (If Anna Nicole Smith was America's rose, then America's rose is the plastic rose that comes in a crack pipe.) After that, I thought I was prepared for how low the news media could sink, so when the admitted child-bed-sharing, prescription junkie, Wacko Jacko died, I braced myself for a week's worth of "news" coverage. Instead they covered Michael Jackson's death for an entire month. So, no, I definitely don't want Donald Trump to die. I don't want to see the news coverage for that.
I think the American public is stuck with Donald Trump. It's not fair. It really ought to only be the Republicans who are stuck with him...............after all, they made him and gave him their platform to shout upon. But that's not the way it works. As much as many people would like to Dump Trump, that's not an option. Instead of dumping Trump, we're going to have to Lump Trump. Now and for the future.
But if there's any consolation prize in all of this, besides the entertainment of watching the circus, it's knowing that it's the Republican party itself whose circus tent is going to take the most damage from the hate they sowed. Because now they have to deal with the whirlwind of Donald Trump ripping that tent to shreds in full view of the giant audience Trump has.
* When I use the term "lemmingheaded" I refer to the popular trope of lemmings mindlessly throwing themselves off a cliff to their deaths, not actual lemmings who don't do that at all.
Donald Trump caricature by DonkeyHotey (Creative Commons license) from flickr
based on original photo by Gage Skidmore (CC license)
Tornado image (public domain) from pixabay
When talking about Donald Trump, then Birthers come up. Here are my pieces on that topic, "Why 'Birthers' Are Idiots" (specifically mentions Donald Trump) and "No One Eligible to Run for U.S. President According to Birthers."
There's also "The Top Ten Dumbest (Political) Things Republicans Have Ever Said to Me."
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