I took a large step back from politics for my own mental health and well-being for the last couple of years. Now that election time is upon us, I am having to pay attention, although nothing would make me happier than to look away from the train wreck before me. The GOP candidates are a bizarre lot of clowns that defy my sense of reality. I cannot believe that these are the best they could come up with and that the head clown, Donald Trump, could actually wind up leading this country.

When the first rumors of his candidacy began to trickle through my self-imposed exile from the political sphere, I welcomed the idea. “Yes!” I thought. “Bring it on. He will highlight the idiocy of the current incarnation of the Republican party.” But flirting with this type of danger may lead to a Trump presidency. The thought makes me shudder with fear, but I also feel a sense of inevitability. This is the logical direction of a country whose electorate has grown disillusioned, angry, and distrustful of government while being barraged by the increasingly extremist messages of the far right.

The Republican party has become home to a growing number of Americans who want to burn down our political and economic systems and hang our cultural elites. They’re tired of being policed by political correctness, often with the complicity of supposed conservatives. They don’t like Republican candidates who denounce them as “takers” with no future in the global economy. And they suspect, rightly, that the Chamber of Commerce will sell them down the river if it adds to the bottom line.-R. R. Reno, editor of First Things

This post could just be a rant against the state of American politics and The Donald, but I think he is just the candidate we deserve and have asked for. Ours is a prideful nation. American Exceptionalism is the law of the land: the United States, under God, is a divinely blessed nation, and that all of our endeavors are likewise inspired by a higher power. In-your-face, loud and proud worship of God and country-love it or leave it and if you’re not from here, get the hell out. We don’t want you here. Those candidates that have questioned these truths have suffered ignominious ends.

Trump has laid bare for the world to see just what values much of the United States hold dear. He is an unapologetic poster boy for all things ‘Merica. I hold no illusions that he believes most of the things he is saying. I think he is much smarter than that. Trump is giving us what we want.

A shoot-from-the-hip, belligerent show-off is the last thing we need or can afford.

So says Thomas Sowell of the Hoover institution at Harvard University. But not so long ago we had a two-term president that embodied that very description. I dare to say that Trump is a natural heir to the W.

Trump is loud, proud, boorish, vulgar, and speaks of himself in the third person. He builds monuments to his own manhood. He has no respect for tradition nor does he bow to the establishment. The Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and all of their like-minded brethren are outraged and disgusted, but Trump the Candidate embodies the fruits of all their labor. He is a veritable golem of their own creation: arrogance, wealth, megalomania, and certainty topped with a feathery wisp of ginger. The problem is that this is a beast that they cannot control. This is what comes as a result of their hubris.

“Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people.”

Trump has outmaneuvered the golden boys and beaten them at their own game. It matters not whether he wins the nomination, because all of the players have been drawn into the childish sniping and name-calling that have made the debates both entertaining and oh, so depressing.  Though not substantive on the issues, it’s somewhat refreshing to witness his utter disregard for politics as usual. If Cruz attacks his stance on an issue, Trump dismisses him as a Canadian. Jeb is a mama’s boy crybaby poopypants. I’ve coined a new word for getting dealt with by Trump: a TRUMPING. Those guys endured a serious trumping. I think he would like that.

Each time the establishment chastises him for dangerous and controversial rhetoric, Trump doubles down with something more outrageous and offensive, and his supporters ratchet up their enthusiasm exponentially. He has covered all the bases and hit all the right notes for those who are tired of beating around the bush. Bring on misogyny,  torture, racism, greed, and xenophobia-Make America Great Again (for the select few who deserve it).

“Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would! And I would approve more than that. Don’t kid yourself, folks. It works, okay? It works. Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work…And you know what? If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing. It works.”

Trump says we need to bring back waterboarding as an interrogation method, which John McCain has stated unequivocally is torture. The man who received four student deferments before finally beating the draft on a medical deferment for heel spurs dismisses his opinion and essentially called McCain a loser for being captured. What more could we expect from a man who calls a fellow candidate a “pussy?” I see similar debate tactics on Facebook daily.

“If you had more guns, you’d have more protection because the right people would have the guns.”

MORE GUNS. ‘Nuff said.

 “I am not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness. I don’t bring God into that picture….When I go to church and when I drink my little wine and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of forgiveness. I do that as often as I can because I feel cleansed.”

This is American Christianity distilled. We go to church now and then, failing to contemplate the deeper meaning of spirituality. Nothing says American like our failure to be introspective. Why ask for forgiveness? What’s done is done. Those blights upon our history-the genocide of Native Americans, the hundreds of years we put people in chains, the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, carpet bombing Cambodia, eh…this gets tiresome. Forget about it. But when it comes to legislating morality, we are practically salivating to control each other’s bodies and behavior.

“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

Because Great Walls are awesome and we’ll just submit the invoice in triplicate. An amusing vignette to imagine is Mr. Trump sweating away, building the wall.  HAHA, hilarious.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”

He shows his magnanimous nature here. Because you can’t dismiss an ENTIRE group of people. SOME of them are ok. Who’s going to build the wall, after all? We are tolerant, we just don’t like “thugs” or “illegals.” Speaking of great walls, what does he have to say to China?

“Listen you motherfuckers, we’re going to tax you 25 percent!” 

 This is the blunt hammer version of foreign economic policy. There is the small detail that Trump manufactures goods in China, but he says he has to, because it’s a good business decision. China devalues its currency so much, he can’t afford NOT to send jobs overseas! That’s why WE shop at Walmart, after all. How can you not?

“We’re fighting a very politically correct war, and the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families. They, they care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.”

Whoa, now we’re talking about war crimes. But hey, we’re already ok with collateral damage. It’s not just the terrorists we’re bombing. It’s called acceptable loss and it’s long been supported by most of the American people in the name of fighting terrorism or protecting American interests.

My list of quotes could go on and on, but let me point out a theme here: NONE of these quotes are anything that the bulk of GOP candidates and current office-holders haven’t said or supported in deed. Trump’s delivery is brash, but it is not controversial among the rank and file Republicans. Here is the difference: Trump has not been bought and paid for. This is the distinction that appeals to some voters. He is proudly avaricious. He has a hot wife. He doesn’t apologize for who he is: a rich, confident, powerful man. Ayn Rand would be proud.

4 thoughts on “The Leader We Deserve

  1. Amaya, Trump is playing a game no one else is playing. What his fanatics don’t realize is they are the ones being played. He is not bought as he is the one doing the buying. This is all about Trump and not them, they just think it is.

    I have said often that the media is sloppy in reporting on the anger. Most are angry that Congress and the President cannot find a way to collaborate. Then there are those who are angry that it is not their way that is winning. The latter are the primary reason the former are angry. Cruz represents the latter, with Trump piling on.

    The other anger is demographic. More than half of the Republican voters have been voting against their economic interests for some time now, but had no idea. Now, they are sitting in rural America with fewer jobs and working part-time and are mad that we are not investing in their communities. The GOP is the banner carrier for rural White America.

    So, they have lumped their lot with the guy who barks the loudest and says anything. The real truth is everything that they need to know about Trump’s lack of veracity as a candidate is in his history. He exploits people and situations for money. He will make his and whether you make yours is less relevant. It still surprises me that his litigious nature and kicking people out of their houses does not turn folks off.

    Yet, when you add the fact he feels licensed by political incorrectness and has proceeded to denigrate, name call, label, and even lie. He has lapped the field in lying, yet says others are lying about him. But, none of that seems to matter. He was correct that he could shoot someone and people would still vote for him. The key, which is why I write about this topic, is people who can be more rational need to be so.

    They also need to coalesce around a legitimate candidate. It is not Cruz, who actually would be worse than Trump. And, it really is not Rubio or Bush. It is Kasich, who ironically was given a thumbs up by Politifact for his debate statement of turning Ohio from a deficit to a surplus.

    But, your points are all valid, Which makes it scary for us and the world. Keith

    1. I agree with you Keith. It is very easy to look at his past, look at his words, look at his deeds and discern that he doesn’t have our best interests at heart. His supporters either know and don’t care, or lack the ability to make those types of judgments. Or perhaps they think that ALL politicians are like him-they just don’t put it all out there. There may be some truth to that.

      1. Your last two statements speak volumes. That is why Bernie is so refreshing. He is saying what he thinks about issues of import and with closer proximity to the truth. I doubt Trump believes most of the BS he is saying, but his fans do and see him as very different.

      2. Oh, the theme of this post was going to compare the two: Trump and Bernie. How both of them illustrate the disillusionment of the electorate with the status-quo, but I decided to dedicate a future post entirely to Bernie. I like and admire him and I truly hope he wins the nomination and the election. “They” say he doesn’t have a chance, but even though the media continues to discount him, he is still very much in the fight. Even my conservative friends (who aren’t blind ideologues) believe he is genuine. The contrast between him and Trump is fascinating. It’s almost epic.

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