Interesting; both candidates for President are set for life, no matter who wins. Aside from political ambitions, what other consequences can we think of? Speaking engagements, books, endorsements; contributions to “selected” organizations, trust, foundations?
I think that is why Trump keeps upping the ante. He is probably just as surprised as the pundits that he is the Republican candidate for president. He is geared to parlay events that favor him into big wins. But what if he does not want to win? Could he be testing the limits of our national appetite for trash talk?
And, what about his campaign team? In mid-August, Donald shrugs off the RNC “sheeps clothing” and resumes his “Wolf of Pennsylvania Avenue” regime. An experienced manager tries to get him to smooth public dismay, and assume RNC campaign strategies; Trump demotes him and resumes fraying the tightrope to the White House.
Back to the show without protagonists; it must be amusing and frightening to watch our silliness. All our military power, all our amazing creativity, dimmed by this imbroglio.
Timid, cowering politicians, showing everyone we have no cohesion, no clear direction, no acceptable answers to quell the “masses” who intuit the vacuum of power in our country. Since 9/11 we have been “dazed and confused;” what should we do, whom should we trust; whom should we fear?
Flaying with “Shock and Awe;” useless, ignorant “boots on the ground” in places rich in resources, but impoverished in modernity. We have shown our naiveté by superimposing our values and culture on 7th century tribal people. Iraq was not even a country before Churchill drew a line around three feuding ethnic groups and assigned a titular government. Afghanistan is the graveyard of many invading armies.
Donald Rumsfeld’s endorsement of Donald Trump is emblematic; the man who almost single-handedly emasculated Americas military, feebly blesses a novice in military affairs. Sad, sad, sad.
I always thought of America in superlatives; strong, honest, forthright, steadfast, resourceful, courageous, and blessed come to mind. Our moral infrastructure is in such disrepair, that we cannot stand for anything as a nation. We have such weak bonds with each other, that we waste our energy and resources on things of little consequence in the world. We blame each other for problems no one could create or solve. We are frustrated with the impotence of government to do what it cannot.
- Are we still recovering from the shock of a homeland attack?
- Have our imaginations and fortitude been diverted to virtual reality?
- Are we happy that we chose two weak candidates for President?
- Are we that detached from reality?
- Do we think this is just another show on TV?
- Is our decline that obvious to the rest of the world?
- Are Russia and China taking advantage of our frazzled reticence?
- Where are the serious leaders we need?
We need citizens to accept individual responsibility and to participate in the things that matter – the true threats and vital problems; not bathrooms and weddings.
As in the TV series House of Cards, the voters are not in charge of anything. If we remain the audience for a reality TV Show, it should be called Decline. You are never fired; in fact, you are stuck in a job you cannot afford to lose. We could wake up like Gregor Samsa in Kafka’s Metamorphosis; no control over, and less understanding of what is happening to us.
Saul Alinsky was an important personal mentor to Hillary; his books are modern, grass roots, activist versions of Machiavelli’s The Prince, and Karl Marx’s Manifesto of the Communist Party. Listen to the rhetoric of semi-incumbent,Hillary Clinton, and parse out the words that are not in Rules for Radicals. She does not have any answers that were not available to another Alinsky apostle, Barack Obama; how can anyone believe she can do what he could not? Not that Trump has any silver bullets either; but voting does not have to be rational; and so it is not.
Kizr Khan waved the Constitution on TV, but he must not have read the powers of the Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court. Had he read and understood Articles I, II, and III, he would know that all these sweeping promises candidates make are not within the powers vested in the Presidency. If they could have, they would have. Obama has stretched every possible executive power; what can any president do without Congress and the rest of the nation? Read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
But I digress. Just think; what if what Donald Trump never intended to become President. It has cost Donald Trump virtually nothing to become a famous world figure and a national icon. He definitely, upset the powers-that-be in the RNC. He awakened an army of citizens who have suffered too long from economic and government impoverishment. Even if the presidency goes to the second most unpopular, and widely distrusted candidate, both she and Trump are set for life.