Sunday, August 30, 2015

Muddy Reflections on a Dope: Donald Trump and the Fall of the American Empire

“I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come to look for America” – Paul Simon

“He must be from Krypton.” – Chris Matthews

"You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] writes as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."  – Donald Trump

I tackle this onerous topic with some trepidation. What Trump desires more than anything else in the world is attention and promotion, continued and constant celebrity.  Whether that camera and microphone time results in positive or negative notoriety is irrelevant, the search for the ceaseless spotlight is the sole objective; a pathological need fitting his spot-on profile as a sociopath, which Trump irrefutably is.

And surely, he suffers not for lack of exposure, frequently featured as the singular subject of uncritical conversation on Chris Matthews’ “Hardball," viewers nightly suffer through Matthews' unrequited affection and adoration for the Donald as seen through the twinkle in Chris’s eyes and the girlish giggle on his lips, whenever covering his newest heartthrob. Donald is to Chris as Davy Jones is to Marcia Brady (cue the animated hearts around his head.) And Trump is almost as often propagandized on the entirety of the MSNBC 24 hour schedule (by design of new management, gradually morphing into a Fox News clone) with the possible exception of “Lock Up.” However, should the SEC ever conduct a proper and thorough investigation of Trump’s business dealings, that programming possibility could arise, as well.  

"When Mexico sends its people … they are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime and their rapists." – Donald Trump

I hesitantly join this non-stop Trump publicity machine for although he has indeed been exposed more than a Jenner/Kardashian posterior, Trump’s own posterior has been habitually bussed but seldom disparaged. The, too often, under-served voter needs to see not just the tactless, boorish, yet entertaining carnival barker, but also the genuinely egomaniacal, megalomaniacal,  monstrous and potentially dangerous demagogue that lurks  beneath the unparalled and colossal comical comb-over.

This pathetic, self-serving, circus act of a man in Chinese manufactured, self-labeled polyester, who speaks and acts only in service to his own glory, a man who never met a mirror he didn’t like, who considers the biblical passage “you shall have no other gods before me,” a reference to himself, has been an incessant, international embarrassment to our country, our democracy and our electoral system.

"You make me feel brand new. 'Cause God blessed me with you."

Trump had Jorge Ramos, a highly-respected, Latino-American journalist man-handled by his security and physically removed from a press conference, and not a single other reporter spoke up or departed in a show of solidarity or protestation. “White Power” has rung out at his rallies, and the most prominent neo-Nazi and White Supremacist groups are endorsing his campaign and Presidential aspirations, for as so many of his supporters spout, “he is one of us.”

“I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day.” – Donald Trump

“I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” – Donald Trump

In this ugly age of Trump, there are few answers, but myriad, shameless questions. If he is correct about the current character of the American citizenry, if the vociferous voices of those who back and boost his unbearable beliefs are an accurate indication of where we now are as a nation and of how far we’ve morally fallen as a people, the vision and dream of our founders is truly doomed. Could it possibly be that admiration and respect for such worthy leaders as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King has been superseded by a veneration for the likes of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Pat Robertson, those of little decency, integrity or intelligence who wish to lead us down a path of societal destruction through self-aggrandizement?

“You have to treat ‘em (women) like shit.” – Donald Trump

Are we really the intolerant, ignorant, childish, petty, hateful, vindictive people that Donald Trump believes us, wants us and ultimately needs and is counting on us to be? A five time draft dodger, he demeans those who have served and suffered for it, and a nation applauds.  He refers to women as bimbos, pigs, ugly, disgusting, whose proper place is on their knees in front of him, and his polls rise. He blames the poor, the powerless, the disenfranchised, those with the least, for the relatively, non-existent problems of the wealthy, the powerful and the advantaged, and gathers praise. Although betrothing two women from foreign lands, he ridicules the accents, manner, traditions, behavior and customs of minority communities and recent immigrants, labeling them as rapists (an offense for which he has been accused) and violent criminals, and assures himself the Republican nomination. And, should he ever move on to the comical condemnation of the physically and mentally handicapped, the only remaining population he’s yet to scorn, will the American public still continue its mindless and cruel affirmation of Trump’s animosities?

A Moe and a Larry in search of their Curly

"He's (John McCain) not a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured."– Donald Trump

Are we no longer the free and liberty-laden land of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Voting Act? Are we now a nation of full rights only for the privileged few, the country that Donald Trump envisions? If so, I would wish to be no part of that U.S.A. Yet, as tempting as it might be to make the melodramatic and usually empty threat of future expatriation, as was so common among the Conservative corps surrounding both of President Obama’s successful elections, the practicality is questionable. Rather than true Americans departing for more amenable shores, we must use our voices, our pens, our ballots and our rights, while they still exist, to battle this unseemly wave of Right Wing detestation, xenophobia and chauvinism, and this preening peacock of a little man who arrogantly symbolizes only the worst of who we are. Impeding the further advancement of Donald Trump is not a choice, but a necessity, for the health, the legitimacy, and the very future of the United States of America.

“… she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” - Donald Trump

The Decline of Democracy. The Ascent of Idiocracy.

“Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together
I’ve got some real estate here in my bag
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner’s pies
And walked off to look for America” - Paul Simon

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