For the record, the Ugly American was a stereotype (and a book and movie) from the effect of the modern tourism industry of the nineteen-fifties. Not all Americans fit the stereotype then or now. The standard American tourist back then was rich and acted like it. They flaunted their middle class wealth around the world and generated resentment by being arrogant and obnoxious. And they were loud doing it. The American tourist knew little of different cultures and didn’t care to. As a consequence, they were not well regarded by the populace of other nations. Not for a long time. But that was then. This is now.
Or is it?
I don’t like Trump.
I thought that my reasons for disliking him were based on facts and knowledge. His ‘position’ and descriptions of Muslims and Mexicans, his ‘laws’ he was going to impose. The ‘brilliant businessman approach’ that he was going to bring in to make America great again. All the lies and false claims he makes. The insults. The bullying. And, there is more. Much more. They were and are all incredibly stupid and so I rationalized that I didn’t like him, you know, from a logical, objective, fact-based point of view?
But that is not the truth. The truth is I just don’t like him as a human being. He’s a boor, a bully and a spoiled brat. And I really HATE the stupid comb-over. I also viscerally react to the faces he makes, the pouts, the grimaces, the big-open-mouthed hollers. He’s loud in every way. The decor of his home is nauseatingly rich-pimp-and-brothel. Sculpted silicon manikins haunt the hallways. And he’s so obnoxious, I want to punch him in the face. Once would not be enough. He’s pressing all my lizard brain buttons. I have to confess: I hate him for being rich, too.
That’s not right. Really rich people can still be good, can’t they?
But since I am obviously descending visceral in this, I have to point out that his ‘style’ is clearly and factually divisive and that bodes poorly for a world in turmoil. Doesn’t bode too well for a nation divided either. Is this man a leader? I do not think so.
That is what I think, anyway. So, is that ‘gut feel’ or is that a fact? Lizard or Dave talking?
You’d think my thinking process would mean I default to Hillary. But, seriously? She’s rich and walking the Wall Street walk, too. She seems to have dodged more than a few legal bullets from the S&L debacle to private e-mails. She’s steeped in the establishment that has spawned this unholy mess. She smells wrong, too. And it is NOT like she is making courageous and heroic speeches, making good healthy promises, nor is she showing any kind of leadership except for a desperate desire for the Oval Office.
She’s ambitious, I’ll give you that but so is Trump. My lizard does not like her very much either.
And that is what brings me to my point. I don’t like either of them and my guess is most Americans don’t either. In fact, I haven’t liked many of those who contend for leadership in a very long time. Anywhere. Stephen Harper, Christy Clark, Boris Johnson, Erdogan?
The thing that blew my mind was that, of all the GOP candidates, Jeb Bush presented as the most sane and likable. JEB bloody BUSH! Why, the hell, is that? Are ALL politicians simply really BAD people?
Or have they just been reduced to pablum-people by the system and no longer even hint at being real or human or compassionate or caring? Could that be it? We don’t like ’em because they do not demonstrate any of the humanity, morals, values and feelings we have?
And, if they do (Trudeau and Obama), it seems to amount to nothing…………..
And is that the Donald’s appeal? At least – and I mean at the very least – he seems sick and sadly, pathetically human. He is ugly, ignorant, divisive and narcissistic. He is stupid, biased, selfish and a bully-boy. Trump is an All American Pig of the first order.
But, given their culture, their history and their education system, maybe a lot of Americans can still relate to that?