Two Parties, No Leadership
Living in New York City, it was very convenient for Donald Trump to be a Democrat. When Trump saw no viable way to create a reform party, however, he decided to jump over to the red side of the realm. His hostile take-over of the Republican party made some people happy, but even though the insiders and old-line conservatives knew how risky he was, they remained silent. They deserve exactly what they got.
Trump found himself half-way around the world this week when tragedy hit a small Texas town. He dodged questions about gun control legislation by offering a position that if we had tough gun laws the good guy with a gun wouldn’t have been able to stop more carnage. Amazing how our great Orange Leader ignores the point that if we had better gun laws that were properly executed, we could have avoided the bloodshed in the first place. Of course, Trump doesn’t want to go up against the NRA. They buy ads for him. They have him in their pockets.
Analyze the words that have been coming out of the mouth of the 45th President of the United States during this “goodwill” visit to Asia, and you will think he is merely an arms salesman. And, of course, a good pitchman never tells the prospective buyer about the dangers of what he is selling.
Trump has no answer for gun violence in America and he has nothing new to say about how to resolve the North Korean challenge. He moderates in front of some audiences, while being all bravado and rude when addressing his base. Why would anyone believe what he says? One of the CNN pundits called him “vague,” which is code for he doesn’t say anything of value.
Like a true politician, the Donald thinks you will not remember his last lie if the new fabrication gets him re-elected. Like most soulless politicians, his inconsistencies are shadowed by the cult of personality effect. He tells his followers that elitists are bad, while being the ultimate elitist pig. Really, he gets two-scoops of ice cream, but everyone else in the room gets one.
Last night in Virginia and New Jersey, we learned that Democrats won their races for governor. It wasn’t because they were Democrats, as much as they presented a moderate choice against those Republicans who will never stand up to Trump. Local politics are local, and that means the personalities of those running matter most. Many people voted for Trump one year ago because they hated Hillary. Lots of Democrats are turning out in these state elections because they do not like Trump.
Americans are becoming complainers. We sit around and post our anger, angst and aggravation about the most banal and unimportant things online. We have the freedom to say whatever we want. Trump actually, in his actions and words, teaches people to speak out, act out and do stupid things. If Trump thinks he is getting too many negatives thrown at him, it’s his own fault. He’s set the bar and we are jumping over it.
As I have said before on these pages, all political parties use the same playbook. When in power, you try to ram through what you think is best. When the minority, you block anything the other party proposes. The dog chases its tail and gets hungrier doing it.
We know that both parties have elements of corruption and, if confronted will lie just like our President. In a perfect world there would be no parties, just people, but the infrastructure of government in this country has been shaped for a two-party system. Even Independents must declare with which party they will caucus. This forces independent thinking into a box.
You will hear the word “Repudiation” used to describe what happened in New Jersey and Virginia, but the real tipping point with Trump will come when Democrats win House and Senate seats. That is where the real power is but, so far, we haven’t seen the DNC make any bold statement or show any real marketing prowess. Donna Brazile’s book promotion may have created some more anti-Hillary sentiment, but she will never displace the top Clinton hater: Donald Trump. People have already forgotten her book.
What Trump tweeted once he knew that Ed Gillespie was going to lose in Virginia sums it up, “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for…” Only a low human kicks a guy when he’s down. But what makes this rather insolent is the fact that Trump recorded a robocall for Gillespie. According to Politico, it goes something like this, “If you let Ralph Northam be governor, he will be a total disaster for your state. Northam is weak on crime, weak on immigration, and as your lieutenant governor, Northam has driven your economy right into a ditch.” Wow, maybe Trump doesn’t remember he recorded that pitch for the loser.
Even Breitbart blamed Trump for the losses because he’s not getting more done with Congress. If the Bannon people bankroll Alt-Right candidates to challenge incumbent Republicans in 2018, that could the reason more Democrats get elected.
In the end, historians will write that Donald J. Trump was more destructive than Teddy Roosevelt when, in 1912, he created the Bull Moose Party and cratered the Republican Party. But Teddy Roosevelt gave us protected lands and a grand national park system, while Trump is attempting to sell off those same parks and destroy the environment.
The Democrats desperately need to find a strong moderate who is articulate, intelligent and can give people the feeling that we are all in this together. Without a strong personality to bring us together as a nation, Trump will get a second term. That is unless the Donald gets convicted of some terrible treasonous blunder. If only Nixon was alive and could walk him through it.
New Book about Terrorism
One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?
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