Tuesday, June 21, 2016
TRUMP, THE APE WITH A COMB OVER
The five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with what we’ve lost.
Maybe that’s the formula for coming to grips that a major political party will nominate an ape who wears a suit and comb over could be favored for the Presidency by millions of his fellow simians who voted for him in the primaries.
Perhaps this is an exaggeration since this particular baboon with a tie is following another primate, the crook Richard Nixon, who won the Presidency by formulating the “Southern Strategy” whereby he convinced non-educated white males to leave the (formerly bigoted) Democratic Party and vote for the GOP (read collection of assholes).
Too, they both claim(ed) to represent the silent majority, attack “media elites,” “the establishment,” and are/were fake populists.
The more I ponder this, the realization strikes me that comb over Trump is also following in the footprints of “Bedtime For Bonzo” Reagan, who as part of his 1980 presidential campaign, made an appearance at the Neshoba County Fair where he gave a speech.
Reagan's choice of location for the speech (the fairgrounds were about 7 miles from Philadelphia, Mississippi, a town associated with the 1964 murders of civil rights workers) was evidence of continuing the Nixon Southern Strategy. So Trump is just really another racist GOP knuckle-dragger who wants to be a GOP President.
Too, Reagan, as the New York Times Magazine pointed out, “. . . single-handedly made the word gaffe a permanent fixture in America’s political vernacular. He confused Pakistan with Afghanistan. He claimed that trees contributed 93 percent of the atmosphere’s nitrous oxide. . . He said the federal government spent $3 for each dollar it distributed in welfare benefits, when the actual amount was 12 cents.” Like neanderthal Trump, he had a difficult time in telling the truth.
Maybe we don’t have to learn to live with what we’ve lost. Could be, that with the Ape with the comb over we haven’t really lost anything. The five stages of dealing with a huge lost? Never mind.