I was thunderstruck — brought to a speechless halt — by a thought I had last night while hanging out with friends and (as required by urgent social custom these days) the talk turned to the candy corn-colored bag of GOP chickens come home to roost.
The thought suddenly that occurred to me: We might actually end up being very grateful for Donald Trump for the very simple reason that Hillary Clinton might well be losing against any reasonable, and sane, GOP candidate!
We might otherwise have been looking at strong odds on a Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio presidency (and, no, poor Jeb! never had a chance; he just doesn’t have the right stuff).
The problem is that Hillary Clinton… is the problem. She’d likely make an excellent president, but she’s been a pretty shitty candidate. She’s such a political wonk that she constantly makes unforced errors.
Plus, she’s so clearly precisely and exactly a Washington politician, something the public has lost its taste for. We want someone like Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, who breaks the mold, but not those actual guys.
You know, someone like them, but sane, reasonable, and capable.
Or someone like Gary Johnson or Jill Stein… but, again, you know,… sane, reasonable, capable, and — perhaps most importantly — moderate and middle of the road. Someone who has elements with universal appeal.
In a country with over 300 million people, how hard can it be to find a truly representative, capable, intelligent, educated, moderate, sane, articulate, clever person to run for president?
(And, yeah, I assume such a person, if found, wouldn’t have a chance.)
But with the email issues and the Clinton Foundation issues, plus Hillary Clinton’s massive unpopularity in her own party (not to mention the bitter, blind, unthinking hatred Republicans have for her), were it not for an orange goblin opposing her, this race might be trending a very different way.
But the gods of politics have thrown different dice.
So different that even prominent Republicans (the smarter, saner ones) are, for this election, dissociating from their candidate (except for the political whores who’ve hitched their wagon to the monster).
So just think of it.
Donald Trump, for all the horror show that he is, might actually be exactly what Hillary Clinton needed this election cycle. That is some very weird-tasting food for thought!
Speaking of weird, over the years, after starting off as a huge fan, I became disenchanted with Penn & Teller. Their cable show, Bullshit, a supposed debunking show, actually seemed to contain some oddly bullshitty things at times.
Like the time they tried to sell me on the idea that global warming wasn’t caused by humans. That it was volcanoes that did most of it. That was a lie.
Or the time they tried to sell me on the idea that fast food wasn’t that bad for you. (In small doses. Not a lie, as such, but that episode really came off as a paean to fast food and made me wonder.
Then there was all the times they seemed to come down on the right-wing side of things. I’d always thought (well, assumed) they were liberals (you know, like most sane people). I was shocked at some of the right-wing stuff they seemed to support.
This video has me re-thinking my opinion:
He seems very thoughtful (and certainly very intelligent — always a hit with me). There’s a longer version of the interview you might want to watch if you like this piece. (I’m going to assume you can find it on your own.)
An article I read recently (sorry, no reference) mentioned an interesting thing:
Usually, especially at the convention, when a candidate’s spouse gives a speech, the intent of that speech is to humanize the candidate, to give some insight into what makes them a wonderful spouse and person.
For example, Bill Clinton spun a long tale about how and why he fell in love with Hillary. Or think of Ted Cruz’s wife and her input to their campaign.
Melania Trump’s speech… didn’t do that.
We got so caught up in the plagiarized aspects we didn’t notice that.
Consider this: If Donald Trump really is a psychopath, or a sociopath, or just a very broken personality, the people who live with him have to be in a very strange and artificial relationship with him. (Oh, how often I’ve wondered what goes on behind the scenes!)
Is it possible that not even his own wife can give us a reason to love the man? Is it possible that not even his own wife can humanize him?
My answer: Entirely.
And I have to ask once again: How is it possible I live in a world where someone like Donald Trump can become a presidential candidate?
What terrifies me is the rising global sense of nationalism.
China has issued rules prohibiting Western values (like cleavage) in Chinese films (which has Hollywood concerned about its partnerships with Chinese film studios).
France seems to be a growing hot-bed of nationalism, and they’re famously trying to legislate the requirement of bikinis on their beaches. Germany might not be far behind (at least they’re not starting it this time 😀 ).
Briton, also, is experiencing rising nationalism (as seen by Brexit and the growing number of anti-immigrant incidents).
And we have Trump and the wave of “alt-right” assholes he’s turned out of the woodwork. That fucking waste of skin David Duke is running for office (and yelling “Go Trump” from the sidelines).
Given my deep-seated and abiding misanthropy, part of me is laughing my ass off because: [A] All this shit proves my long-standing points about the value and importance of education; and  I love a good karma joke.
The only problem is that I’m stuck living on the same planet.