The Donald is the bad boy of American politics.
The thought occurred to me the day after the absurd comedy that was the alleged debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday night.
Yes, I laughed and laughed while I was watching it. OK, I had consumed a small quantity of cannabis edibles — legal here in Quebec, in case anyone cares.
So, the whole thing came off as a cross between an over-the-top SNL or Monty Python skit and the old propaganda film Reefer Madness — which people of a certain generation watched after imbibing some sativa and had a good laugh.
Joe Biden was right: Trump is a clown. And clowns make you laugh.
Of course, beneath it all, it’s no laughing matter for anyone who respects the political process in a democracy.
But it was the kind of performance people have come to expect from Trump, who seems to have little respect for traditional U.S. politics. He’s a rebel who is not afraid to give his many detractors the middle finger.
And that appeals to other rebels who have little use for politicians, i.e. “new boss same as the old boss.” Not in Trump’s case, though. He is one of a kind.
The coming election is not so much a vote for the presidency but a vote on the democratic process itself, I think. People voting for Trump are giving that process the middle finger.
Or else they’re stoned out of their trees and they want the laughs to continue for another four years.
It’s my opinion that Donald Trump will not win a second term. If it were to happen, it would be the beginning of the end of the Democracy.
I have faith in the inherent goodness and general intelligence of people who have grown up through the “American way of life” with all that it entails.
A Democracy is created from, operates within and continually maintains an overriding sense of hope in it’s citizens.
A court (any court), a single person (any person) nor any single cataclysmic happenstance will be able to diminish the hope that is inbred into all of the 33 million USA citizens.
In the end, it’s that inherent goodness, intelligence and overriding sense of hope that will take the lead.
Democracy will prevail, Trump will fail.
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I honestly could not stand to watch it. Ten minutes in and every instinct in me was screaming to leave. I think my wife made if for another half hour.
I think we have entered the age of narcissism and the Great Narcissist himself is the standard bearer.