I’d like to take a minute to impart my
ignorance wisdom about the current state of affairs insofar as the American Politico landscape is shaping-up. (I sound smart already don’t I?)
As much as I revere the American Constitution during election season (Twelfth Amendment) the electing of a President seems like an exercise in citizen torture.
*heads shaking up & down*
Now that we’ve all agreed, let me suggest why this particular season is a sweet change of pace.
Let’s talk The Donald: Pros & Cons
First, the sheer entertainment factor is value added so there’s that.
Is he ‘bombastic’? (I love that word). Yes, he is.
I’m thinking that’s maybe not such of an off-tune overture in a world of monsters. The past seven years of Peace & Love don’t seem to have gained America one iota of respect. (Could that be because the world is run by people that respond to bombast?) and am I happy that that’s the case? No I am not, but until unicorns fart rainbows, we are the Top Cop and the job sucks and the pay is terrible.
Secondly (and eventually) his ‘policy’ on any given subject will be from an economic point-of-view.
Is this fool hardy? Is he a one-trick pony?
Maybe, but what’s the real face of this ‘thing’ we call Globalization? Its’ not Doctors Without Borders. It’s not the Internet. It’s not Fair Trade produce at Whole Foods. They are but the beneficiaries of Globalization.
It’s money. Period. Those that have ‘it’, those that don’t. Those that want more, and those who don’t deserve it’s benefits. Doesn’t matter- it’s the Economy baby.
And Donald knows a thing or two about Money.
Yes- he’s had to bankrupt some of his projects along the way. No, he hasn’t been infallible, BUT he has known when to fold his cards and regroup. That’s not a skill that comes naturally to most governments and it’s a skill set that Washington tends to get massively wrong. Talk about people with the opposite motivation. People hang-on there fore-v-e-rrrrrr all sheltered in their special health care policies and retirement plans and special interest group luv.
Here’s the THING about Donald- he’s honest about who he is- yes, he’s in your face, but so many people in American politics (and the World) should be looked straight in the eyes.
Problem is… we don’t want a leader that will piss everyone off and only solve problems with economic solutions and threats. We want our country to be represented by nice people. People with hair we can understand, that can go to the negotiating table with reason and a respectful attitude and somehow, through their sheer goodness, bring light to dark places.
Donald scares us: He embarrasses us. He seems to lack finesse. He’s about as subtle as a 10 ton Elephant. He’s a master of conceit. He’s too aggressive. He’s not a great orator. yadayadayada [fill-in the blank].
We fear a Donald government that will wage war on anyone that disses him (personally) because he does seem petty. He takes personal affront to just about anyone/thing that challenges him. In the first minute he’s all Master of the Universe-like and in the next, he’s whining about someone making fun of his tie choice.
So, what’s happening here? Why is he soooo up in the polls?
Could it be that no one really-truly-deep-down believes America is great anymore? (Not like your grandfather’s ‘great’- more like Great lite?) and we’re not really-truly-deep-down okay with that? That we associate greatness with power instead of benevolence? That we are the products of a memory that can no longer be a reality? That the Greatest Generation was the last greatest?
Could it be that as so many find the American Dream farther from their grasp they long for a substitute for their disappointment in the form of a grandiose leader? One who can say what they can’t? [This just popped into my head (dangerous): Has our societal push for being PC in Every. Damn. Way. actually created a void of self worth?]
Could it be that somehow, somewhere along the way we came to believe that we should apply the same rules and expectations to running a country as we do to child rearing: Make nice. Play fair. Wait your turn. Don’t be bossy. Expect a trophy for mediocre performance. Eat your peas.
I don’t have a crystal ball (just goblets), but if I did, I see a future that may not include The Donald at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but one where your grandfather’s kind of politicking is back.