The Trump Card, and the Rest of the Hand
Like all of us, I’m scanning the debates, interviews and random comments with the presidential candidates. I was wondering what the Founding Fathers would be thinking of the people who aspire to the office of president, and I shudder to think of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and the others hearing the cacophony and vulgarity that poses as aspiring leadership.
I had BBC on the other evening and experienced the British Parliament commenting on the esteemed Mr. Trump, getting a good laugh at his expense. British humor is a crackup…dry and sarcastic, but it hits a nerve.
Yes, we are disgusted with business as usual. Profiteering, dishonesty, deals that have just about wiped out the middle class in our country. The top 1% of the population owns 60% of the wealth. I don’t think they are giving up the rules that got them there any time soon. But does this warrant turning the country over to a living caricature? A three dimensional, and possibly dangerous, cartoon?
Someone told me recently that there is a Facebook post ridiculing Donald Trump’s hair. Apparently someone had superimposed a tiny surfer on his forelock. If we take exception to anything about his presentation, his hair is the last thing to be concerned about.
Seriously, resorting to mocking and ridicule, half-truths and dancing in the shadows isn’t what we need in a complex world. Please Mr. Trump, show us some depth and wisdom, some mastery and thoughtfulness!
The alternatives seem dour and uninspiring. On the Republican side we have a cast of thousands like little birdies in a nest craning their necks to get “the worm.”
On the Democratic side we have the beleaguered Mrs. Clinton who sports the “scandal de jour.” I won’t even go into the number of allegations and misdeeds she has on her doorstep. Maybe it gives her a head start on her husband who had to wait to get into office before thoroughly embarrassing himself.
Mr. Sanders seems like a sincere man, but there is something very “un-compelling” about his presentation. His shoulders don’t look broad enough to hold up the burden of office. If young men have withered under that pressure, where will Bernie end up?
I frankly don’t know what to do about all of this. Our poor country. Are these individuals reflections of our devolving consciousness? I’m going to look in the mirror and take that question to heart.