Either it’s just Trump self-aggrandizing, or it’s the #TyrantClass giving us a choice between who they want (Hillary), and someone who *appears* to be a populist, but whose presentation is basically insupportable in any factual way, it just articulates a right-wing under-informed rage at the *actual* inequities that we ALL face, but in a totally self-destructive and emotion based way.
In either case, Trump is a farce. A distracting and VERY DIVISIVE farce, but a farce nonetheless.
The problem is that in his articulation of that rage, he very adroitly focuses that rage on completely inappropriate and ultimately guiltless parts of our society, by using preexisting prejudices and fears and tying them in with childish delusional 14 y/o answers that could never work in the real world, but have GREAT appeal to the lower instincts of racism and prejudice and fear in some segments of our society.
And the problem with that is simple….by unleashing this tsunami of Ignorant/Stupid/Angry into the ballot box, we could actually get a result that no one credits right now, and that is to elect another Hitleresque leader onto history who is empowered to behave exactly as he said he would, and he begins to repeat a particular part of human history, taking us ALL down a dark tunnel into another time that is a sewer of the worst parts of ourselves.
By putting these horrific consequences out of their minds, and only focusing on the parts of his messages that resonate for them (the Fed, Central Banks, Mexicans taking our jobs, terrorists, vague and otherwise conspiracies of varying magnitude, etc etc…), those who vote for him based on these single issues disregard the other very powerful and also popular views that he holds; the undeniable racism, the ridiculous “solutions” to alleged “problems” that things like a Giant Wall would “solve”, bombing places in the world until they basically stop “bothering” us, and a whole host of ludicrous solutions that appeal to a part of humanity best left in the caves of our not very ancient human past….which is where they belong.
This Willfull Ignorance, this choice to only focus on the little flake of Fool’s Gold in this giant pile of excrement, THAT is childish and foolish. But that is EXACTLY what this farce plays to, that 14 y/o need to fix the “One Big Thing” in some simple bar-parking-lot-fight kind of way, whatever the cost is attached to it.
These folks who succumb to this better hope they don’t get what they ask for. For those of us who understand what is happening here, you people terrify us, because we can see that you BELIEVE in it, and that is truly frightening, because we have learned from history that this kind of thing can become real and profound, very quickly.
When I see otherwise fairly rational friends of mine, whom I know to be decent people, falling prey to this, I know it’s real, and it’s profoundly shocking and scary to me.
So yeh, in a current poll, (AFTER all his nutty statements about Mexicans etc), Trump has actually passed the GOP field and now has a lead in the polls.
So….he comes out and says the incredibly racist and fantastical things that he has, (so far, I’m sure there’s more in store), hasn’t filed his financials yet, (and please, wtf is up with the HAIR?!?!)…and his support rises up to, and then PASSES his fellow GOP presidential contenders?!?!?
All the while, he loses financial business dealings right and left, all the way from a coupla major tv shows to a relatively minor chef pulling out of a deal with one of his properties, all of which is likely causing him some financial pain.
Almost no one really thinks he fully intends to run, and even less likely he would win the nomination, and absolutely zero he would make the White House, yet his FANS are lining up behind him like sheep to the slaughter.
And THAT’S what I find interesting.
Who ARE these people anyway?
WE (reasonable/adult/thoughtful/humane people I mean) all know that he’s a complete clown, and he’s not going to succeed in doing much more than being a giant annoyance to the other alledgedly “serious” hopefuls, but there’s a whole GANG of hard core fans who seriously have found what he’s been saying to be EXACTLY what they’re looking to hear, and that’s really disturbing.
What this says about the base GOP voters that have swung to him in the face of his calling for big walls to stop Mexican “rapists, drug runners, and disease carriers” from crossing into our country is a little shocking, and kinda frightening.
As we learn more about what the NSA and it’s partners in private business and in the halls of Congress are doing to protect themselves and the #TyrantClass from the public (that’d be you and me for instance), as they shovel the public’s hard earned cash directly into the pockets of the very extremely rich; learning that there really IS a voter base out there that will fall lockstep behind someone with this kind of rhetoric is truly scary, because of the implications of this kind of thinking gaining traction in the larger GOP platform.
All I can say is thank goodness for Sanders doing the exact opposite to the Democratic side, cause this is a kind of crazy that ends up with some pretty dire consequences for our once free country, and could make a bad situation a whole lot worse in a very short time.