On Thursday, 26 May 2016, Donald Trump, aka Little Donnie, aka da trumpeter, finally hit his magic 1,237 delegate count. And the nation, the world, yawned and said ‘ho-hum’. I mean, really, since his last two competitors, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, dropped out a few weeks ago, what was the alternative? There was none. So yes, he got his delegate count, and no, it wasn’t a tense or even particularly exciting moment; it was, in fact, rather anticlimactic. Filosofa says, “HO – HUM”.
Marco Rubio stutteringly released his delegates, all 165 of them, to da trumpeter. Ho Hum.
Once again, the GOP did too little, too late to stop a madman from destroying, not only the Republican Party, but possibly the nation as well. Reince Preibus and his cronies sat on their collective asses and thought, as did most of us, that Trump was a clown, a buffoon, and America would never be so stupid as to ….
So now, shall we sit on our collective posteriors and let this illiterate, megalomaniac, bigoted madman take over our nation, while we politely yawn behind our hands … ho-hum? Shall we sit back, enjoying our margaritas by the pool, and let this madman destroy our alliance with our neighbor to the south, Mexico? Shall we sit back, watching our kids play soccer, and let this second-rate businessman declare war on all Muslims, all 1.6 billion of them (approximately 23% of the world’s population), while we politely say ‘ho-hum’. Shall we stick flowers in our lapels and cheer for this raving lunatic for ‘keeping it real’, and ‘telling it like it is’? Will we go shop for swimsuits to enhance our summer tans as a maniac burns the earth with his ‘scorched energy’ platform? And shall we watch ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘King of Thrones’, while Herr Trump takes away the freedom of the press, murders innocent children simply because they may or may not be related to terrorists, and ‘bombs the shit’ out of innocent civilians throughout the Middle East?
It was inevitable, once all 16 of the other GOP candidates dropped, or were forced, from the race, if one can call it a ‘race’, that Trump would gain the Republican nomination. But as yet, it is not inevitable that he will win the election. Ever ask yourself why all the other candidates caved so easily? Look at Bernie Sanders, on the other side of the aisle. He has virtually no chance of winning the party nomination, yet he is not giving up, not giving in, he is committed to sticking it out all the way to the convention. Just days before dropping out, both Ted Cruz and John Kasich vowed they were going all the way, but almost silently they fell by the wayside. WHY? I am not a conspiracy theorist … au contraire … but something here simply does not smell right, especially in light of the Republicans who have sworn never to support Trump, yet now are endorsing him.
Never before in the history of this nation has there been a candidate less qualified to serve as Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Just as Trump’s candidacy was built up by unwarranted and excessive media coverage, I believe the media now has a responsibility to educate the people about this ‘man’. If a candidate who runs for president is racist (see his express views on Mexicans and Muslims), misogynist (see his history of disrespecting women), and is someone who has no experience in government, no experience or understanding of foreign policy, and a business track record that is checkered at best, then the media has an express obligation to report and comment on these facts as they are. Donald Trump does not get a pass because he has millions of supporters. He does not get to argue that the statements he has made are somehow protected from judgment because they are offered in the context of a campaign. And he does not get a pass because he says he is a billionaire.
Donald Trump is neither a statesman nor an innovator. He is not ‘the real thing’, but rather a cheap imitator, one who mocks Hispanics, women and the disabled. A vote for Trump is a vote against women, Mexicans, Islam, and America’s national interests. A vote for Trump is, in fact, a vote against both sanity and humanity.
I do realize that with this rant I am ‘preaching to the choir’, as they say, since I think all my readers are too smart to even consider a vote for Trump in November. I guess my hope is that a few will share these thoughts with their Trump-supporting friends, in hopes of at least giving them something to think about, maybe opening their eyes just a bit. Whatever those of us with social conscience and humanitarian values do, we simply cannot afford to sit back and say ‘ho-hum’. I have heard a few say ‘it doesn’t matter to me, nothing will really change’, but that is wrong … if Trump becomes president, I believe that over a four-year period almost everything that is good about this nation will change. Think about it.
And I promise I shall try … try very hard … not to rant for the rest of the weekend, though … I cannot guarantee anything.