I had lunch with a friend the other day. His girlfriend is a conservative, a person I agree with on almost all the issues. When we got to politics, I discovered she had gone full “Trumpite” on me. When I say “don’t give a shit about the facts” Trumpite, I’m not kidding!
I want to use her as an illustration of what has happened here. Over at The Conservative Treehouse website, a great group of people, they also have gone lemming like in their blind faith in Trump. Normally, these guys and gals see conspiracy and lies more clearly than anyone, but when Trump showed up, they lost their collective minds! I honestly had trouble wrapping my head around a group of people who vet everyone and everything ten different ways suddenly ignoring Trump’s wart filled and offensive past as though Trump was a newborn the day he showed up with is bumper stick mantra “Make America Great Again!”
The sad thing about being older is having a memory. I followed Trump all through the eighties, even when he got mostly good press for being…well Trump. Once, during his bankruptcies, he had a quote that really made sense, but also showed his disregard for anything other than himself. “When you owe a bank money and can’t pay, you are in trouble. When you owe the bank a lot of money and can’t pay THEY are in trouble!”
He was right and he worked out his debt load over and over, by threatening banks not to pay at all, until he managed to worm his way out of his bad business deals. And as history is revisited, we get a look at the younger Donald coveting things, working deals, running hot, far out on the edge of business and I wonder if he learned anything at all. Here is a piece of a story about the purchase of the Plaza, a building he coveted for a long time, and mismanaged horribly when he got it.
Mr. Barrack was soon sitting in Mr. Trump’s office in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. The two had met a few times, because Mr. Trump had been angling to acquire the Plaza for years. Now that it was going back on the market, Mr. Trump didn’t want to miss out.
“How can I live without it?” Mr. Trump asked, gesturing to the Plaza, which could be seen from his window, just two blocks north. “It’s right in my backyard.”
“You should own it,” Mr. Barrack replied. “But you’re going to have to pay for it.”
Mr. Trump quickly agreed to a price of slightly more than $400 million, an unprecedented sum for a hotel at the time. Just a few years later, the Plaza wound up in bankruptcy protection, part of a vast and humiliating restructuring of some $900 million of personal debt that Mr. Trump owed to a consortium of banks. Never one for regrets, Mr. Trump today regards the purchase as a triumph.
“To me the Plaza was like a great painting,” he said in an interview in late December. “It wasn’t purely about the bottom line. I have many assets like that and the end result is that they are always much more valuable than what you paid for them.”
So how do the Trumpites react? They believe “the Donald” when he says he’s never lost- ever. Not once! When I point out examples like this, they turn their hate guns on me and blast away!
My best bet is Trump is a manifestation of the angry ID of America. They have been abused for so long by so many different ways, by so many different people all they want to do is punch something- hard. And Trump is the fist that they chose to do it.
I actually get that. My only problem with it, by being older, I know for a fact historically when you elect the strong man to go after your enemies you ALWAYS ends with that same man going after you eventually.
When I say Trump is a loose cannon, I don’t mean he might shoot an arch of twenty degrees to each side off of center but still generally pointed towards the enemy, I mean he’s the cannon that flips over on you or blasts the guy standing BEHIND the cannon or the one lighting the fuse when you are in FRONT of it!
How bad can it get? In one sentence I have highlighted why I worry about Trump and can’t get the “Trumpite” movement. We shouldn’t be asking the question how bad can it get when considering who you are letting occupy the presidency.
But the citizens of America and their political leaders have earned the Donald and Hillary show by acting as poor stewards of this nation. We get what we deserve.
To understand Trump’s seemingly effortless seizure of the public spotlight, forget about programs, and instead zero in on the one complaint that seems to unite all of the disparate angry factions gravitating to him: political correctness. This, more than anything, is how the left created Trump.
I am not referring here to the daily political correctness that became normal after the 1970s, the reflexive self-editing that we’ve all learned to do, almost unconsciously, in the name of being nice to other people. This early “correctness” was always awkward and artificial, but it wasn’t overly onerous. Richard Russo penned a satire of academic life in the 1990s called Straight Man in which one of the professors reminded his colleagues so often to include female pronouns that his nickname was “Orshe,” as in “he, or she,” and while that kind of person might be annoying, much of that stuff was actually rooted in well-meaning ideas about inclusive language.
Today, however, we have a new, more virulent political correctness that terrorizes both liberals and conservatives, old-line Democrats and Republicans, alike. This form of political correctness is distinctly illiberal; indeed, it is not liberalism at all but Maoism circa the Cultural Revolution.
The extremist adherents of this new political correctness have essentially taken a flamethrower to the public space and annihilated its center. Topics in American life that once were the legitimate subjects of debate between liberals and conservative are now off-limits and lead to immediate attack by the cultural establishment if raised at all. Any incorrect position, any expression of the constitutional right to a different opinion, or even just a slip of the tongue can lead to public ostracism and the loss of a job. (Just ask Brendan Eich.) There is a huge vacuum left by this leftist attack on speech, and Trump is filling it.
Excellent point, and the only thing I love about “the Donald” is his total NYC disregard for PC. I had a police partner who was like Donald in that respect. Hilariously funny all the time when he refused to submit to the bullshit bureaucracy and PC. “What are they going to do, fire me?” He would just refuse to play the game, and suddenly the paper thin threat of PC would just flutter away. If I could bottle that in Trump and inject it into Cruz, I would have the greatest President in fifty years.
But I’m not sure either would consent. Right now, the battle is on. I am convinced until that mess is straightened out, nothing will get better.
But when Trump or Cruz hits the general, both will be pummel HRC into next week because Trump has proven, finally, that PC protects only the elites and can be beaten and shredded. For that I owe “the Donald.”
But the rest…
He’s got a lot of work to do.
Update: I just received an email from a Nigerian prince who said if I send him some money, he’ll send me a million dollars! Wow! In a return email, I asked him if he wanted to run as President of the United States!
I mean, what could go wrong?
And now… you get my point.