Almost everything I have said about Donald Trump so far, is something that you would expect from me. I think he is a clown running amok.
Since I am slightly left on some things and slightly right fiscally, I have concluded that, politically, I am right in the middle. So, my opinion should carry some weight.
‘Course, Harper, Trump and, probably, Li-keqiang all think they are middle of the road, too, so who really knows?
But I know ignorance when I see it. I know bigotry. I know bombast. I know simplistic and I know when someone says one thing one day and the other the next. And, sadly, I am intimately familiar with arrogance and conceit. I don’t like Trump. He reminds me too much of me.
Of course, I am not as bad as Trump but I am pretty sure that is only because I am not as rich. If I had billions, I would lash out with opinion after opinion on all sorts of things I know nothing about. I already do. And, I think it is that very aspect of the Donald that is resonating with the vastly stupid, the abysmally ignorant and the rightly angry middle and lower classes. The Donald is channeling their anger and frustration with the establishment. For them, he does not HAVE to be right – he only has to be angry.
He seems a bit ‘outlaw’ because he rants and raves and does not speak mealy-mouth. He speaks stupid but it is NOT mealy. Ironically, a spoiled, billionaire from New York is coming across like a James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause), a Marlon Brando (Wild Ones). He is Sonny Barger in a suit. He is Rob Ford. He is Jesse Ventura. He is as close to a rebel-who-can-do-it as we have seen in a long time.
Which is really too bad. Because there is a large appetite for a rebel in a lot of places.
I am all for rebelling, myself. Honest. I would invest in berets and bandoleers in a heartbeat. I’d call myself Commandante Cox. Maybe carry a machete. Or an axe (it is Canada, after all). And, Oh God! It would be great to put out a little red book with quotes! I can see the giant posters now. I would likely feature huge posters of my butt, tho. It is my best feature.
But I digress. What I am saying is that as stupid as he is – and he is – he is closer to ‘everyman‘ than is Hillary. He is closer to ‘everyman’ than any of the other idiot Republicans. Sadly, he is closer to ‘everyman‘ than even Bernie.
The USA is in trouble in this regard because of ever increasing income disparity. There are a helluva lot of poor, ignorant, angry ‘everymen’. And they are everywhere in the country; east, west, north, south and, after Iowa, centrally as well. They are, collectively, the most ignorant 1st world population on earth.
A recent poll conducted by some Ivy League University discovered that over 40% of their student population did not know when, where or who fought the Civil War. Half of those didn’t know that ‘civil war’ meant within one country! Americans are, by design, ignorant of the rest of the world and, seemingly, even their own. Except for celebrity. Those same stupid students knew everything about the Kardashians.
That does not bode well for a majority of ‘everyman’ to vote well. In fact, it is the perfect recipe for ‘everyman’ to vote for a ‘celebrity’.
And the one thing TRUMP is, is a celebrity.