I'd Like To Sing A Little Ditty For You
Prelude To A
Listening to Melania Trumps speech at the Republican National Convention
made me feel both sad and uncomfortable as I kept envisioning Eva Gabor as
Lisa Douglas in Green Acres even if borrowing script dialogue
elements from Petticoat Junction, as it turned out. The thing
is, Eva was likable and one shouldnt be conjuring her image,
prompted by Melania, when Zsa Zsa was clearly the cheaper of the two sisters
as the more appropriate associative connection to The Trump
Collection. Still, in America, cheap had increasingly become the new
elegance and Donald Trump, its Patron Saint.
Trump stands as the poster child manifestation of one having all of the wealth
and none of the breeding as one who possesses some pricey real
estate while he, himself, reeks of low-rent. His manner. His
tortured use of even elementary language with a smattering of Tourettes Syndrome
(despite Trump's claim of having the ability to use - quote - the best
words). The lack of poise. The complete absence of sophistication,
in both demeanor as well as in his staggering inability to understand
concepts beyond the most primitive and binary. His gestalt, in short.
Born of New York, but 'smelling New Jersey, even his generally vulgar
displays of opulence find themselves in the triangulated crosshairs of the
gaudy, the tacky, and the garish. Its really only one ascension-step
away from Jake winning the Power Ball jackpot and adorning his new Cadillac
with gold-tone rims and hood ornament. Not that a large share of Trump's
followers would notice, mind you. Their own principle relationship to breeding
is one of inbreeding.
Much like Zirconia diamonds on the Home Shopping Network where a sizable
swatch of the population have become accustomed and comfortable with fakes
enamored of them, even Trump offers the cheap and cheesy, shiny
object appeal ... if in poorly tailored, ill-fitting suits. The kitschy lounge
act of American politics one who plays to the room. Moreover, within
that room, he principally plays to the cheap seats. And, in America, the
cheap seats are the furniture outlet knock-offs of La-Z-Boy recliners with
integrated cup holders the inferior-decorator leisure
appointment of choice for those who yell at their television screens, expecting
the Liquid Crystal Display to hear their Miller Time displeasure, their
And yes, many xenophobes and bigots have seemingly found a comfortable, adopted
home in the Trump candidacy because, no its not the
Bull Connor days anymore. But I do hasten to pose the question, does this
mean that Trump, himself, is a racist on a personal level?
As what many might regard as a surprising answer
not at least not in the traditional sense. I cant
be entirely sure. As drop-jawed as many readers may be with this
suggestion, read on
In the course of my adulthood debatable in its existence Ive
come to encounter those of the Trump profile
in part. The truth is,
as those who've had the resources to spend the entirely of their lives in
the rarefied air of self-imposed sensory deprivation tanks, safely quarantined
from the street below, they seldom encounter or even much consider
minorities, outside of their utilitarian nature. And even here,
they most commonly have go-between buffers to help facilitate the utility.
Yes, it can be argued that this, in itself, is racism but it isn't
consciously so. Its a genre I refer to as the inadvertent
racist, of which there are many inclusive of those on the liberal
side, I should add just with different manifistations. After all,
one often cant feel' good or bad those
theyve never touched
or for those unable to touch them, in kind.
Their relationship to the great unwashed is founded far more
in facility than familiarity. Said another way, outside of existing as remote
dont much exist
for them. They dont have to.
This, I hasten to add, is not necessarily true of all who find themselves
advantaged from the moment of their birth. The Rockefellers would generationally
evolve in time, as would the Roosevelts. But the Trump family has proven
to be far too schticky nouveau riche to have experienced much - if any -
evolution. Its hard to completely and accurately assess. They may have
been lighting farts just a generation ago, for all I know. With this, Donald
Trump would cite one of the presidential debates as being (quote) very
elegant. This, because, in Trumps world, such would be regarded
elegance. He doesnt have the breeding
to make more acute distinctions.
This, in a related way, is precisely why the Trumps come across as being
so uncultured and as an ironic choice of words
classless ... not that some of you reading this would ever see
it, I know. For others, they note a profound disconnect between Trump
Juniors canned performances and the same Trump
Mini-Me in extemporaneous interview. At least the son wears better
suits .. even if trying to bring Brylcreem back into the mainstream
of popular culture.
But back to that glitzy room, it may surely be argued that playing to the
bigotry of others may well be worse than actually being a racial sectarian,
yourself. The Lounge Act knows the crowd-pleasers and uses that very
crowd to assure their continued engagement especially for the
season'. The sentiments, the phobias
the songs hitting all
the right notes, ringing Pavlovian, ushering the assured response.
Trump as Lounge Act: Id like to sing a little ditty for you.
I think you all know it ... Feel free to sing along.
Still, the Trump-O-Bots cite potential Commander in Chief credentials based
on Trump having owned 500 businesses. But it wouldnt be
unusual to amass such a number or entrepreneurial entities when the lions
share of them celebrated an operational shelf-life of a Bic disposable lighter
500 businesses isnt a mark of someone with self-assured leadership
abilities; its a real-world demonstration of someone aimlessly throwing
things at walls to see what sticks and on other peoples dimes.
Nevertheless, Trump - himself - would cite consultations with
himself and watching the shows as his night school, General
Equivalency Diploma that should rightly gain him entrance into The White
House. And why shouldnt he be granted such access. Trump, after all,
(quote) "knows more about ISIS than the Generals. Silly Generals. They
clearly werent watching the shows.
I can advise you this: Anyone who cites any of Trumps collective, Hobo-Stew
experiences as being in the least bit transposable into governing a government
no less as Commander in Chief may be safely dismissed without
fear of missing something in their counterfeit wisdom or counsel. These are
the people who otherwise conduct current affairs summits in donut shops and
country bars. Talk Radio participants, in short. They dont reason,
they imagine with the socio-political acumen of a 5 year old.
Moreover, the Trumpophiles clearly dont know how their government works
seemingly no more than the candidate of their adulation. Trump, as
one who claims, I, alone, can fix it of course
cant. Im not the one saying this, mind you his
own website does
.. or did. Now, gone are the words that previously
appeared, such as this will require an act of Congress
and Congress must act
, along similar statements
in the fine print of Trumps own campaign website. At some point,
Team Trump thought it best not to rely upon the naive assurance that few
of his followers would actually read the website, anyway or, for many,
would possess the ability to read at all. With that, his online promotional
presence would get the Truncated-Trump treatment.
As to his off-line presence, his frothing fanbase doesnt have to wait
long for the sedatives to wear off, administered by his management in an
effort to manage the innately unmanageable Trump.
Still, in a more recent American air, permeated with an
anti-intellectualism mood, a fairly sizable portion of a dumbed-down
country would be wet n ready' for the Trump dialect as the preferred
alternative to intellect. The precursor, of course, could be found in the
Tea Party movement principally comprised of the unlucky-in-love,
unlucky-in-life embittered malcontents dissatisfied with their lots in life
most commonly at their own hands.
But while the Tea Party believed it could seize conservatism - if with its
own virulent strain - simply by co-opting some of conservatisms mantras,
one part of the conservative treatise they seemingly couldnt adopt
was that of personal responsibility instead looking to
place blame on others for their personal misery, no matter how internalized
the sources. How convenient. Still, if only as a social function, the Tea
Party did manage to bring together people of like-mindless with a
festive, Costume Ball flair.
THE GOOD NEWS for both liberals and, far more significantly, Republicans
who remember a more noble and dignified conservatism is that weve
been here before. And NOW, whether Donald Trump wins of loses, is the opportunity
for the Republican party and by extension a conservatism more
true to itself ... to purge' - just as it was forced to do in the past
THE PURGE AS CONSERVATISMS NEW OPPORTUNITY
Father Charles Coughlins last radio program would be in 1939
as Coughlin would frequently use his syndicated weekly program to warn people
of the money-changing Jewish bankers while advancing the merits
of Hitler ideology or at least parts of it. Both Democrats and the
days Establishment Republicans were the godless evil entities
that had given us the depression, among most other social ills
with the Jews, of course. He enjoyed a listenership, relative to the days
population of the 1930s, larger than that of Rush Limbaugh. Once a Roosevelt,
New Deal enthusiast and labor rights spokesperson, Father Coughlin
had seemingly begun to drink just a little too much of the sacrificial wine
where the blood of Christ had inadvertently produced the early prototype
mind of Mel Gibson. He soon became, in short, an extremist and one
with a sizable following. It took a World War to purge him
and his mass of followers were soon distracted by that very war ... if for
only a time.
But by the mid to late 1950s, conservatism had become
weird. It had
managed to attract the wicked-stupid and the omni-phobic. Should you think
that this is simply a liberal assessment, it would be to his credit
William Buckley Jr. who endeavored to bring back (or perhaps in its
premiere form) intellectualism to conservatism and, by association,
the Republican Party additionally giving it some renewed dignity in
the bargain. Buckley, as a notable example, sought to purge The
John Birch Society among other wack-job entities from the ranks
or what it had become. John McManus, President of
the John Birch Society, in kind, authored a book and pay attention
here entitled, William F. Buckley - Pied Piper for The
Ring familiar, boys and girls?
Fast-wind tape some decades later
to 2010. With the emergence of the
Tea Party, in what was then described as a post-Buckley era,
conservatism had become
weird again, of surrealistic proportions.
The CPAC conference would now enjoy ... The John Birch Society as a sponsor.
Indeed, the Tea Party more than any other halogen-lit showcase of
emotional illness had successfully managed to spark a national
conservative environment that allowed the previously forgotten fringe lunacy
of The Birchers to raise their ugly heads
yet again, in comfort
and 'go mainstream.
Which brings us full-circle back to Donald Trump and his candidacy as the
new apex of conservatisms long-acquired contaminants.
Now is the time even independent of the guilt-by-association, Republican
party when conservatism, itself, has become so degraded by its toxins,
its reached a point of critical mass that ushers only two feasible
paths as found in only two possible words ...
Purge or Dirge.