July 23, 2016 By Jack Jodell.
The Republican Party, infested as it currently is with extremists, reactionaries, and government-hating Tea Party kooks, has been, for many months now, filling its clown car to the White House with wackos, much as it did in 2012. As so many potential candidates are swelling its ranks, this is no longer a clown car – a semi load may be even more accurate. Political commentator and comedienne Stephanie Miller has begun to refer to it amusingly as “the Republican Douche Canoe.” But whether a car, semi, or canoe, it is surely poised to capsize into the Potomac long before it ever comes even close to the White House! In this post, I resume the intermittent series which features the declared and / or desiring wannabe GOP candidates who will be making a bid for the presidency in 2016. Never in our entire history have we been so besieged with so many undeserving, unqualified, and unfit candidates for this most important of positions. Today’s focus will be on the current Republican front-runner, the extremely vain, arrogant, snide, racist, and utterly bombastic loudmouth who calls himself Donald Trump.
This far too pompous goofball is a leading candidate already for Santa’s Bozo of the Year Award, which will be given out on this blog in December. He is also the front-runner for the nomination among Republican voters right now. It is beyond me as to why this is so. The man is so full of hate and scorn that I couldn’t possibly imagine him actually working with Congress on behalf of the American people for much of anything – his galactic-sized ego would certainly cause great friction between he and they. His idea of compromise is clearly submission to him by all those around him. Is that what is meant by working with Congress? Hardly.
Trump will say or do almost anything to get public attention. He projects extreme confidence, but in my 60+ years on this planet, I have seen many a personality like his used as a subterfuge to conceal a huge underlying insecurity. I don’t trust anyone who blows his own horn as loudly or as often as Trump does. It shows a severe character flaw when a man craves respect and attention the way Donald Trump seems to do so often. He is constantly only thinking of himself, and apparently never bothers to think of others. Why isit that today’s Republicans seem to be so full of these psycopathic types?
Trump apparently has mo real empathy. This is obvious when one considers his ignorant dismissal of the suffering Sen. John McCain endured during his long years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, or the fact that Trump has denounced Mexicans as being rapists and murderers, or that he has been married 3 separate times since 1977. His behavior during his tenure on the TV series The Apprentice is also proof of this, wherein he would take great delight each episode in telling would-be job applicants or employees “you’re fired!” Oh, my – aren’t we the tough, dashing, all-knowing executive type, Donald? PATHETIC.
This insecure bully came from a wealthy upper middle class background as the son of a New York City real estate developer, and and attended several elite schools, including Kew Forest School in Queens and the Mew York Military Academy. The reason he attended the latter was due to his being dismissed from the former at age 13 for behavioral problems – are you surprised? I’m not!). He also attended Fordham University and the Wheaton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Real Estate. Shortly after graduation, he began working full time at his father’s real estate firm and demonstrated an ability to get revitalization projects done ahead of schedule and within, and sometimes even under, budget. After a time, he set up his own company and, by shrewdly wheeling and dealing, eventually amassed a fortune of $4.1 billion. (Of course, true to form, Trump has often overstated his true net worth, sometimes inferring it is nearly double of what it really is. This, too, is evidence of his latent insecurity, and a good reason that he cannot be trusted).
While inferring that he is a capable and very knowledgeable businessman, Trump has made many major business mistakes which have caused his companies to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy, not just once, but four separate times! According to a 2011 Forbes report, these were due to his over-leveraging of his hotel and casino businesses in 1991, 1992, 2004, and 2009. The regularity of these bankruptcies should cause great concern to voters. Their frequency is more symptomatic of a reckless Wall Street speculative banker than a supposedly responsible, conservative business leader. I wouldn’t trust Trump with my wallet for even eight seconds, so why should our country trust him with its finances for a full eight years?
I couldn’t even imagine Trump guiding our foreign policy. He is an expert at playing the winning through intimidation game, But his megalomania would never translate into effecting sensitive negotiations or effective and lasting diplomacy. Bullies never fare well on the world stage. Bullies cause resentment among peoples which lead to war. Bellicose verbosity is NOT the answer for solving international crises, yet that is all Trump seems to have to offer. For this, and for many other good reasons I have detailed above, this blogger says, even before Trump is listed on the presidential ballot, “Sorry, Donald Trump, but you are FIRED!”
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