by Kung Fu Zu 3/26/16
The American political system is deathly ill. And although Donald Trump is not responsible for the sickness, his campaign is an unmistakable sign of national degeneration. It is a cancerous carbuncle which has finally surfaced due to the years of untreated corruption in the body politic.
This carbuncle consists of not only Trump and those running his immediate campaign operations. If it were only those people, the country would not be in such dire straits. Worse than those opportunists are many of Trump’s supporters who are dishonest, extremely vulgar, and ill-informed, yet they act like vicious sheep. They have no sense of honor, much less honor itself. They latch on to every rumor and lie about Trump’s opponents but ignore true criticisms of the Donald. They hold Trump’s opponents to a benchmark of perfection, yet turn a blind eye to Trump’s many moral and ethical faults. They claim Trump’s opponents are liars yet swallow, in amazing quantities, the dishonest ordure which Trump shovels down their throats.
Many claim to be Christians, but the amount of vile language, dishonest filth, and out-right lies which are part and parcel of this campaign, would offend true Christians enormously. Yet no one hears a peep from Trump’s Christian supporters.
Have you ever heard these Trump supporters suggest that he focus more on issues in order to improve himself as a candidate? Have you ever heard these Trump supporters admit that something Trump said might not be true? Have you ever heard these Trump supporters suggest that other candidates might have honest disagreements with Trump and are not corrupt? Have any of you ever heard these Trump supporters call him out on anything? No!!! In fact, too many of them are willing tools in spreading his dishonesty.
The actions of these people remind me of nothing so much as the mass insanity which developed around cults-of-personality in the last century. The Great Leader can be excused of anything. We must damn those who dare question him! When Trump stated he could shoot someone in the street and his supporters wouldn’t forsake him, he made it clear to everyone that there was something not quite right about these people. He knows the caliber of many of his adherents. One suspects he holds them in contempt, seeing them as useful idiots.
That a large portion of this country’s electorate could sink to such a level is shocking and a frightening manifestation of the sickness now upon us. What exactly gives Trump’s supporters the confidence that he would do anything he has promised?
He promises to build a wall and get immigration under control, yet has used foreign workers in his businesses for years. Do his acolytes really believe he is going to go after Wall Street in order to make things fairer? The man has huge real estate holdings in New York City, which would drop in value “big-time” should the financial sector be attacked.
Do Christians think he will support religious freedom or the right to life? The man has contributed money to LGTB causes including homosexual marriage. He has been, and still is, a big supporter of Planned Parenthood, the company which hawks baby parts.
Do workers really think he can bring back all those jobs to the United States? How can he do it? Sadly, a large percentage of those lost jobs have nothing to do with overseas labor. Rather they have to do with advancing technology. Those jobs are never coming back. Do people seriously think Trump can force American companies to stop building plants overseas and move all their production back to the USA? He cannot do this legally or practically. More and more U.S. based companies have large overseas markets which are very profitable for them. They are not going to give up these markets for the whims of Donald Trump. And by the way, isn’t Trump’s clothing line produced overseas?
More importantly, is Donald Trump going to tackle two huge problems which, unless solved, will continue to hold back the economy and keep a damper on employment. First, will he take on the welfare system which, in its present form, is a work-disincentive for many as well as a huge financial drain on the country? Will he take on the education establishment, which churns out millions of semi-educated graduates who are not fit for a job, certainly not for a job with any responsibility? I see no indication that Trump is willing to put the requisite energy into such ventures. I haven’t even heard him speak about these problems.
The country is at a crossroads. Our choices for the country’s leadership have come down to a communist, a criminal socialist, a disliked conservative outsider, and Trump. In the end, it might be understandable that one supports Trump, particularly against the communist and criminal socialist. What is not understandable is the complacent acceptance — No! the active praise — of the often dishonest, and frequently vile behavior which permeates Trump’s campaign, and which is on display by so many of those who back him.
Kung Fu Zu is a conservative prognosticator who has traveled widely and lived outside the United States. • (1992 views)