Donald Trump is ruining my blog. I can’t stop myself from ranting about him. Part of me envies the people who can just tune out this huge, absurd and scary spectacle of an election. The other part of me believes it is my and everyone’s civic duty to add their dissenting voices to the choir. So here I go again . . .
Logic dictates that people living in a diverse society and committed to the principle of collective self-rule will also need to exercise self-control if the system is to work.
While binge-watching the fallout from “P***ygate” and the second debate, something dawned on me. There is a common denominator in ALL of Trump’s statements – even before he was “unshackled”: To hell with self-restraint!
Before he got off that bus, he basically admitted that he needs to control himself around beautiful women. No, scratch that. As a star, he can get away with anything. Now where are those Tic Tacs?
Then there is his general disdain for “political correctness” which simply means demonstrating a bit of empathetic forethought in one’s choice of words. He can’t be bothered. He justifies his constant stream of uncontrolled, insulting utterances by claiming he is “saying it like it is” – as if what emanates from his mouth is somehow refreshing – no Tic Tacs necessary!
Let’s see . . . what other examples of his lack of restraint can I think of? That’s a tough one . . .
Are protesters at a rally annoying you? Punch ‘em in the face! Iranian soldiers are making obscene gestures? Blow them out of the water! Terrorists are infiltrating western countries? Nuke ‘em! Eleven million immigrants without documentation? Kick them all out! Joe Blow in Kentucky tried to vote twice in 1996? Armed vigilantes at every polling station! Someone disagrees with you? Counterpunch! Bully! Belittle! Journalists and Muslims scare you? Ban them, ban them all! – and toss out the First Amendment along with them! The opponent is doing better in the polls? Lock her up! (or worse, someone shoot her!) . . .
This, ALL of this, it is not a breath of fresh air. It is the same stale stench of fleshy fragments left to decompose in a bunker after 1945. Now resurrected for our entertainment.
There aren’t enough Tic Tacs in the world for a President Trump.
And how would we Americans be as a people with such a person at the helm?
Great again! Stars! Unrestrained! Armed! And unregulated!
What a thought.
Logic dictates that people living in a diverse society and committed to the principle of collective self-rule will also need to exercise self-control if the system is to work. History and Irony dictate that those capable of self-control now let loose and rant their dissent.