Tin Soldiers and Orange Man’s Coming, We’re Finally On Our Own

An angry, orange-tinted man is yelling on TV. He has just accepted the Republican Party nomination to run for President of the United States. He says our country is at a moment of crisis. Terrorists are attacking our police and our cities. Elect him, and safety will be restored. We cannot afford to be so politically correct any more. Homicides are on the rise. Illegal criminals and immigrants are roaming free and killing people. He says we are sacrificing our children on the altar of open borders. These are all lies from a serial liar.de_evo

As a Republican, he has ridiculed the disabled, he has insulted anyone who dares question his lack of details to back up his incessant boasting of qualifications, he has lied about virtually every aspect of his life or those who opposed him. He is the most despicable person in a party that consists of despicable people.

He is an orange colored narcissist who has plagiarized Richard Nixon’s campaign, is a serial liar, is the most unrespected nominee in U.S. history, a bigot, a fascist would-be dictator, with no plan to govern, has no respect for the the 1st Amendment, much less any other part of the Constitution, and, if elected, could send in the National Guard to shut down any institution, newspaper, college or individual that dared to defy him; just like Richard Nixon did when he too thought he was above the law because he was President.

According to his white, gullible acolytes, our country is suffering international humiliation. This is mostly the fault of Hillary Clinton, even though she has been out of office since 2012, and not one shred of evidence in twenty-five years of intense scrutiny and millions and millions of dollars wasted by countless GOP-led congressional committee investigations has ever been uncovered. Yet, this one woman is responsible for all the problems of the Middle East. Her legacy is death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.

The truth is, our allies and enemies alike think that the U.S. has lost its collective minds in even letting this juvenile sociopath get this close to the Presidency. If we elect him, it could truly be the downfall of thi country as we know it.

He says the system is rigged by big business, elite media, and major donors. Corruption has reached a level like never before. He will rip up trade agreements, NATO alignment and our enemies will attack us at will. He will build a border wall to stop the gangs and violence that by any metric available is at its lowest point in America in decades.

“Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” he says.

Donald Trump’s dystopian vision of the United States capped the most bizarre presidential convention in memory – shambolic, embarrassing, pathetic, and yet riveting in a train-wreck sort of way. There was very little in the way of uplift, no appeal to people’s higher natures, no evocation of the values that make America great. Even Republicans refused to go to this would-be dictator’s convention.

His message was that the country is at war – with the thugs, the criminals, the crooks, the Islamists, and all the other bad guys who want to bring America down. Only he can restore order. Of course short of declaring Marshall Law, there’s not a damn thing anything any President can do about police methods at a state nor local level, but if you think for a minute that Donald Trump wouldn’t assume that he can do that at will, well, I’d like to tell you about the great education available at Trump University.

In the past, all presidential candidates invoke the party greats. In past Republican Conventions you would hear at least a dozen references to Ronald Reagan. Not with Trump. After all, this is not the Republican Party any more. It’s the Trump party. His role models aren’t Lincoln or Reagan, but Putin,( who is financing his campaign and is the only place he can still borrow money for his bankrupt, scam operations), Saddam, Kim Yung Un, Mussolini, and yes, even Hitler. Laura Ingram actually gave him the sig heil from the speaker’s podium. I’m not kidding. And yet, he still has a chance of winning.

In fact, most of the Republican leadership stayed away from the convention. The ones who deserve a special place in hell were there; Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, and the most despised Governor of his own state (other than Sam Brownback of Kansas or Bobby Jindal of Louisiana–also not in attendance), and Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, whose own state can’t wait to get rid of him, and is the willing sacrificial lamb to run on the ticket with Trump—all C-list Republicans at best.

These pitiful few, who sold their souls for a shot at power, were there. Some were under the illusion that they could persuade their candidate to be rational. They obviously never heard the fable of the scorpion and the frog. Betrayal, deceit, bullying, stupendous grandiosity – he can’t help it. It’s his nature. As is a compulsive lying. He displays all the signs of the onset of dementia. And the KKK has embraced him and are so emboldened by his bigotry, that David Duke just entered the race for Senator from Louisiana citing Trump as having set the stage for the return of white supremacy. Look it up. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to.

Mr. Trump did do one thing out of character on Thursday night: He stuck more or less to the script. He spoke in reasonably coherent sentences and paragraphs and skipped the compulsive references to himself. This made his speech less entertaining than usual, but more scary. It means he must have meant every word of his Julius Caesar-esque embarrassment of celebrating his supreme oneness as the sole hope for a floundering of America. He had to. He rambles, sometimes incoherently, at his rallies.

“I am your voice,” he pledged, seeking to appeal to the voiceless masses who believe they’ve been excluded by the fancy-pants elites from Harvard and Yale, the Wall Street plutocrats, and the social justice warriors who are responsible for all the evils of the world…and who see through him and will not loan him money any longer because he does not pay them back.

Mr. Trump’s vision of the presidency is singular, which is no surprise. According to The New York Times, he sent his son, Donald Jr., to sound out Ohio Governor John Kasich as his running mate. Mr. Kasich was told that as vice-president, he would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy. What, then, asked Mr. Kasich, would Mr. Trump do? Mr. Trump, he was told, would be in charge of making America great again.

What’s striking about Mr. Trump is that everything about him is a lie – his unparalleled success as a business tycoon, his executive abilities, his artistry at deal making; all easily verifiable lies. “I put lipstick on a pig,” Tony Schwartz, the actual author of Mr. Trump’s memoir, The Art of the Deal, told The New Yorker in an article published this week. What’s stupefying is that, despite such a mountain of evidence, so much of the once respected and admired U.S. media has been treasonously silent on at least just reporting what the actual facts are regarding the huge amount of evidence to the contrary. It’s no wonder that the citizenry can’t see that the emperor is naked.

I suppose to be fair, some do. Only 38 per cent of Republicans say they’re satisfied with Trump as a candidate, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. Big donors have stayed away. The convention was largely a dispirited affair. There was little of that big-game excitement that inspires people to work their hearts out for their guy. But the real reason so many Republicans simply go along to get along is because they themselves created this monster. They have shunned any attempt at fairly treating the average citizen. Fox News, the Republicans very own network, blasts 24/7 about the hidden agendas and democracy-killing Democrats and redefining liberals as communists, lazy, or anything else that will keep bringing their white 68 year old white viewership to keep their ad dollars rolling in.

Meanwhile, the formidable Clinton machine is staggeringly well-funded. If organization, money and expertise count for anything at all, the lunatic with a detonator doesn’t stand a chance. But then this is the same citizenry that just under half believes that somehow Barack Obama has done nothing for them, despite bringing them back from the brink of economic destruction despite the gale force headwind of a Republican Party whose stated purpose was to bring him down, not act in the best interest of the American people.

Mr. Trump displays a unique combination of desperate insecurity, paper thin orange-tinted skin, and boundless narcissism. When asked this week by The New York Times what he thought people would take away from the convention, he said, “The fact that I’m very well liked.”

In fact, he’s the most loathed nominee in history. The fact that he’s the Republican Party nominee is truly terrifying and offers more insight to the depth of desperation that has befallen the white privileged class in the U.S. and the damage that has been systematically nurtured by a media more concerned with access and profit shares than with their responsibilities as the standard bearers of what the world used to view as the gatekeeper of freedom of the press.

I’m not sure which is more depressing and destructive to democracy and the once admired and respected American Dream; that one of two major parties in America could make such a shambles of their party that a con man demagogue like Donald J. Trump would be their choice as a Presidential nominee or a press corps that used to consist of Huntley, Brinkley, Cronkite, or Murrow having fallen to the depths of comic caricatures resembling little more than carnival barkers.

Harvey A. Gold