Clueless in New York

As if anyone needed any more proof that Donald Trump has no idea what he is talking about, there was last night’s debate — which also proved that we in the audience have no idea what he’s talking about.  What he presents is a blank slate on which his supporters chalk their fondest wishes, nothing more.

I’m sure he’s claiming he won the debate.  But he also said he lost it because his mike was defective.  Maybe the mike was adding sniffling noises to his gibberish, I don’t know.

As for those sniffling noises, Twitter is ablaze with arguments over whether the cause was illness, allergy, cocaine, or Adderall.  We will never know for sure, because we will never be sure of anything about Trump

All I know for sure is that he’s gotten as far as he has by regurgitating everything that was wrong during the Bush years as if Obama created those problems (he didn’t) and hasn’t corrected anything (he has).   And Trump’s true believers lap up this nonsense.  They get two things out of this: a paper hero, and a continuing excuse to hide from the truth.

And oh yes: he’s white and Obama isn’t.

What Trump gets out of it?  His name in lights, millions skimmed off his campaign coffers into his own companies, and possible Russian backing (they own him, after all) for his further business entanglements (you can’t call them deals) and maybe even in the Oval Office, should he get there.  Oh, and then there’s Deutsche bank.  And all the other stuff.

Let’s just say that it all looks like a huge scheme to bail Trump out of financial hot water, which he is almost certainly in, and keep his name in lights and keep him living in the manner to which he is accustomed.  (One right-wing fanzine site even posted a photo essay explaining why Trump could not live in the icky old White House…it’s not posh enough for him.)

What’s left out of the scheme?  Service and governance, two things Trump knows nothing about.

And no, they are not the same as “business.”  A lot of his supporters fend off criticism by claiming he’s a successful businessman.  See the paragraphs above; he is not.  As a further example, one bank estimated his worth at MINUS $250,000,000.  Even if that’s not true, the jerk’s a definite walking debt-bomb and is clearly looking to make some sort of “deal” by capturing the White House, to get his ass out of the fire.

Even if he were a business whiz, as the current governor of Illinois (a multi-millionaire businessman) is finding out, business and government are two different subjects entirely, involving two different skill sets.  Rauner is quickly becoming famous for stalemate and inaction simply because he is so confounded by that.  (He’s an asshole, too, but…)

Trump appears to have an aptitude for nothing but flim-flam.  He’s known to other billionaires as an empty silver spoon and a swindler.

He’s never even come close to holding public office, and he has no idea at all of what the word “service” means.  In the past 16 months I heard a lot from the right wing about how supposedly unqualified Hillary Clinton is for the Presidency.  Odd that I’m hearing it not at all since Trump got the nomination.  It’s as if the charge was ridiculous to begin with (and it was), and considering what the Republicans have now, no one dares mention it anymore.

Which is to say that Trump is not only patently unqualified, but clueless.  He would have done far better in some other country with “Prince” before his name, but maybe not even then.  Even princes seem to have more demanded of them than he has ever had.  All he knows how to do is maintain his lifestyle, no matter what the cost.

Personally, I do not want to be part of that cost.  I trust not many others do, either.

 

Some things are just wrong, but they aren’t anymore

Moore says Trump is self-sabotaging on purpose

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.