So, where were we? Well, let’s not dilly dally. I’m ready to jump right in to another (ugh) political post. This one will be a little different, as I discuss what appears to be Trump’s overarching “strategy”. Near as I can tell, it basically amounts to lying and crying.
Yes, yes, I seem to be a bit harsh today. But, really, I’m not. In fact, I’m feeling so upbeat, how about we set this blog to some toe-tapping music of yesterday. Sound good? Just click on the image to enjoy the tune!
So, just like the headline, we’ll examine lying and crying in that order.
This one’s almost too easy. So many lies. Little ones, big ones, and ones in between. I’ll admit, I’m just choosing from my own personal peeves. You can go get your own blog and pick your faves!
“I will be a great unifier for our country.”
This was what Trump said before he was elected. What in his history of personal interactions allowed him to draw this dubious conclusion remains a mystery.
In that same interview, he trashed Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Barack Obama and Democrats and Republicans, in general.
Since then, he has insulted women, Mexicans, blacks, Muslims, law enforcement, immigrants, world leaders and members of his own hand-chosen cabinet.
He uses race-baiting language, suggested Nazi demonstrators are “good people” and perpetuated racial and ethnic stereotypes, as his needs demand.
“Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully or write poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals.”
The geopolitical world, it turns out, is not like big business. All those “stupid” politicians who only made bad deals maybe weren’t so stupid. And all those countries who only made deals to rip us off maybe weren’t so selfish.
In fact, when you’re a great disunifier, it’s awful tough to make any deals. So, in fact, he has made none.
Not on Obamacare. Not on immigration. Nor on border security. And certainly not on international issues.
But, hey, he sure has unmade deals. Iran. Paris Accord. TPP. DACA. Because, any time he gets close to a deal that smacks of bipartisanship, he gets growls from far-right media personalities and FOX TV. Nothing makes more impact on Trump than media personalities.
By the way, where are the deals to replace the ones he got us out of? Oh, none. That’s like quitting your job before you have another one. A short-lived vicarious thrill followed by mountains of doubt and anxiety.
I think I’d rather he stuck to poetry.
“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our country, flag and national anthem.”
Just because you say it is so, doesn’t make it so. Even when you shout it from the loudest pulpit in the world.
Because Trump has a long history of racial issues with black people (all the way back to his real estate days), he already starts with a preponderance of disbelief on anything he says related to these issues.
But, isn’t this a nice red meat issue for good, god-fearing Americans against those overpaid thugs who earn way too much money and should just shut up and run the football (or dribble).
Racial inequality is real. Discrimination and bigotry are sadly too common. And an awful lot of unreasonable deaths of black people at the hands of (apparently) too nervous police deserves a voice and discussion.
And a protest. Which is as American as apple pie, corn fields and Ford trucks. Don’t like athletes kneeling in sports games during the anthem? Me neither. But it sure gets my attention.
All of this was accomplished without foul language, insults, picketing or vandalism. It is, in fact, the pinnacle example of a peaceful protest. All protests should be so benign.
But, Trump needs distractions and he needs to make his most ardent supporters to believe in something he could care less about: that somehow, the silent protests done by a tiny handful of NFL players amounts to a betrayal of our nation and our military.
Oh, press those hot buttons again. And look how many people fall for it. Sad.
And, in the classic manner of the finest prestidigitator, he has everyone “look over there!” while he and his cronies use their offices to line their already fat bank accounts.
What? You were too busy watching 7 players (yes, by season’s end, only 7 out of 1,696 players) kneeling to notice the swamp was actually more full than ever? Hmm.
Okay, that was fun, huh? Let’s move on to the second part of our Lying and Crying playlist. We now move to Trump’s favorite go-to role: Trump the Victim. Here are some Trump ditties I’m sure you remember.
“No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
Well, this one is really tough to say. I mean, even if I were to accept the idea that Trump is an authority on all the presidents in U.S. history, I would think this is tough to verify.
But, as a victim statement, it works. Feel sorry for me, Mr. and Mrs. America, for I am only trying to help and all these people are treating me badly.
By “badly”, he means anyone who (1) disagrees with him (2) criticizes him and (3) makes that public in the media.
So, he spends a sizable amount of his executive time sending whiny tweets to his base supporters pleading with them to understand just how all his potential criminal dealings and horribly insensitive statements are either fake or warped out of context.
Funny how those same rules don’t apply to all his unverified accusations across all spectrums against his critics.
“I told you TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite. They picked the person who is ruining Germany.”
Wah! They didn’t choose me. I’m only left with being the stinking president of the United States. I coulda been on the cover of TIME!
(As opposed, of course, to those fake TIME covers he put up in his hotels. That TIME told him to take down.)
Trump’s narcissism is always on display, but it’s at its height when the media, his love/hate relationship partner, makes a big deal about someone other than him.
It’s the reason he throws so many outrageous and outlandish statements out there. He wants to be the cover story of every magazine, TV program and social media feed.
And, when he’s not, he cries about it. As if having the title of leader of the free world isn’t big enough.
For him, it’s all about credit, real or perceived, and the amount others are notified that he deserves it. I’m not sure he is familiar with the word grace. Certainly not humility.
“If the Constitution prevented me from doing one or two things, I’d chalk that up to bad luck,” he said. “But when literally everything I want to do is magically a violation of the Constitution, that’s very unfair and bad treatment.”
Oh god, this.
Are you kidding me? Even you 40% core supporters? Seriously?
In the 242 years of our country, has there ever been a president who said that the very document our government – our country – is founded on is unfair to them because it won’t let them violate it?
What exactly needs to be done by Trump that he would have to violate the Constitution (which, by the way, he supposedly swore to God to uphold)?
There is one type of person who would find the Constitution a problem and an unfair restraint: A dictator.
A country is not a company. The head of the company gets to make any rule he/she chooses. A company is run for the sake of its owners.
A country must be run for the benefit of its citizens. All of them. Not the coasts or the prairies or the south or the north. And it has rules and laws. To protect us from the very things that Trump is often tempted to do.
There is no one in government who believes the Constitution is unfair to Trump (and Trump alone). If there are those in the country who believe that (because Trump told them so), they should actually read the Constitution.
Of course, they won’t. It’s long. It has a lot of words and reading is hard (just ask all the kids with their abbreviated text speak).
But no, no crying over the Constitution, please. It’s only the stuff and lifeblood of our very existence as the greatest nation on earth.
And no amount of lying and crying will ever replace that.