My problem with this is that if Trump is just acting crazy, he’s doing a hell of a job. He should not only get an Emmy, but also an Oscar. Maybe Queen Elizabeth can make him a knight. He seems to have decided that if there is any issue raised at all, such as with his sanity, it is a left-wing conspiracy and as soon as he is king/president, he’ll just outlaw it (or project it on his opponent as he is doing now) and that’s that. Do.Not.Ask.Questions. And his followers lap this stuff up.
At this point I believe that Trump is truly in the grip of megalomania. His skin is too thin for it to be an act. Plus, he’s a lousy actor.
Of course, this is also what Moore is claiming (which kind of disqualifies his headline): Trump got into it just to promote himself and help his show, got a whiff of the seemingly tremendous power of the actual office, and now has gone completely off the rails trying to get it for himself.
Maybe he never thought it would get this far, as Moore seems to be saying. Or else he decided early on that the rules did not apply to him and anyone who thought they did was an enemy not only of Trump, but of freedom and flag and apple pie and country. And white people. And guns. Let’s never forget the guns.
This brings me to the point: for all his puffery, Trump, with his ambitions and his possible insanity, is beside the point. His followers are also beside the point; crazies have always been crazies. They respond readily to Pavlovian stimuli. If it weren’t coming from Trump, it would be someone else.
Everything is beside the point except for this: how did Trump come to be okay enough for national attention, let alone the office of president?
I’ve heard some voices say that Trump is not the problem; his followers are the problem. I’ve also read that we are somehow all responsible for the rise of Trump. As for the latter, I have a serious problem with that. The population has been force-fed a steady stream of mediocrity for the past 30+ years, since Reagan bluffed and bumbled his way through the Presidency. For a while we thought it could get no worse than Bush Jr. (who at least had enough weak qualifications for the office that his followers could make excuses for him), but nooooo…
Palin was the first highly visible national symptom that the problem of heaven-blessed mediocrity had finally gone too far. She was unqualified, stupid and unashamed to be stupid. But the conventional and online media largely chose to ignore it instead of sounding the alarm — and we have to ask, why? Who paid them to do this? Who wanted to make a silly, shallow, unqualified lump appear to be a sterling standard of statesmanship?
But someone did just that. Thus set free, Palin attracted a rabid group of followers who still refuse to see through her to this day and think anyone who criticizes her is Satan. She continues to make a living off of her opinions, worthless as they may be. And people keep asking her for them.
By ignoring Palin’s shortcomings, and even pandering to them, the media made it okay. After that, the festering problem indicated by Palin just got worse, and now we have a Trump infection going around.
So no…the problem is not so much with all of us, or even with Trump’s followers — the most rabid of which existed all along, but were kept in check by social restrictions that have now apparently gone by the wayside. There is nothing they can do wrong anymore that they can’t brush aside merely by projecting blame for their actions on to the media, or to “liberals,” or whatever. They are, in their minds, the “patriots” and the heroes and are blameless and free of responsibility to society. This is the damage that has been done, letting these idiots loose on the rest of us.
And who did it? The people doing the force-feeding. The blame goes not to all of us, but to those who paid to create the problem. They did it to further their own aims, and the idiots-at-large are their pawns who don’t and probably will never realize it. Insert the old saw about a fool and his money here.
But, back to Trump, inconsequential as he may be in this general trend. Is he seriously trying to get out of the campaign? No, not anymore if he ever was. Is he crazy? Possibly. Is he a great actor? Not if his TV show was any indication.
Will he win? Probably not. But that won’t stop the next mediocrity from coming along. They will keep coming along until we tackle the underlying problem — and that is not Trump or his followers, but whoever it was who freed them.
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