The Insanity That Is Donald Trump

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“He is saying what we all what to hear,” is what his supporters are preaching. Really America? Are you asleep at the proverbial train track crossing? Or has the train become so deafening you can no longer hear what your new engineer is saying?

I am not a political columnist or pollster or analyst. I am your average 40-something mom with a house full of of temperamental teenagers, a hard working husband, a few younger kiddos, and we’re all just trying to get through another day in  suburbia. I do, however, often write snarky parenting humor. My pieces are mostly essays about the insanity of this life in which I lead, which ironically enough, just may qualify me as the perfect person to write about the political anomaly that is one Mr. Donald Trump.

Heck, if all the pundits and professionals and all their advanced political science and public policy degrees continue to be baffled by the success of this goofball, imagine what the average American is thinking? Or, according to the most recent polls, probably NOT thinking at this point. I mean, this is DONALD. TRUMP.  Did you catch that? A casino-owning real estate mogul slash reality TV star,  sporting a wickedly awful toupee and a gaggle of trophy wives is running for POTUS.

Digest that for a second.

A man, who in all seriousness sat straight faced at the head of a conference table and shouted to one of the Desperate Housewives of Beverly Hills,  “You’re fired”  is running for president. As if running a meeting at The Apprentice is the same  as negotiating a NATO treaty. The highest, and at one time, most respected office on the planet, has the potential of being occupied by a dude who has  scored the bathing suit competition at the Miss Universe pageant. And then he bought the pageant franchise, because what better way to self promote your penthouses than with a six foot exotic beauty to do it for you. Wait, from a conference table filled with “D” grade celebrities, to a stage covered in bikini clad South American babes, to a joint chiefs of staff meeting, where he will be going tat for tat with the likes of five star generals and the most highly educated foreign policy experts and authorities on the planter? Yep. Sounds about right.

Am I living in the Twilight Zone?

I will say to Trump’s credit, however, that I can think of no better mouthpiece for good ol’ family values  than a thrice-married, narcissistic nut job famous for building golf courses and skyscrapers, and who keeps his bible “somewhere” and believes he doesn’t need to ask for God’s forgiveness for anything. I mean, sounds like just the type of guy to have a sit down with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right?

This country is on currently on high speed runaway train to who knows whats-ville, a nightmarish place full of citizens who are painfully divided, have been told they are all racist, have no right to practice our religion outside of a Sunday morning gathering, have been stripped of holding and living out a personal right of conscious, our own firearms, and our own fundamental beliefs if the do not coincide with the collective. And the best guy we have to turn this train around appears to be a train robbing cartoon bandit who is ready to hop aboard and plow us into insanity mountain, because heck, he must be what we need because he’s the only guy brave enough to give the media the middle finger.

“He is saying what we all what to hear,” is what his supporters are preaching. Really America? Are you asleep at the proverbial train track crossing? Or has  the train become so deafening you can no longer hear what your new engineer is saying?

Can you take a minute and listen to this guy for once? And I mean really listen?

Presenting the “BEST OF TRUMP”:

“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” — The Daily News, 2004

“My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.” — Twitter, 2012

“I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.” — on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in September 2015

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her… wherever.” — Trump of GOP debate moderator Megyn Kelly during a CNN interview in August 2015

“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” — of John McCain at a Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, in July 2015

“The line of ‘Make America great again,’ the phrase, that was mine, I came up with it about a year ago, and I kept using it, and everybody’s using it, they are all loving it. I don’t know I guess I should copyright it, maybe I have copyrighted it.” — Trump, claiming that he was the first person to coin the phrase in March 2015. Ronald Reagan used the slogan over 35 years ago during his campaign.

And some totally acceptable one liners, sure to grace the halls of the White House one day, but only if we include a giant gold glittering capital “T” next to them.

“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”

“My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”

“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”

To the electorate out there, please, I beg of you, do your homework. Do not become the lazy audience member watching a bad talent contest, trying to decide who is the least worst of the worst. Research him. Deeply. Learn about his domestic and foreign policies, not just his brazen one liners and distracting quotes. The vital and long standing importance and respect demanded of the highest post in the land depends on you. Our republic depends on an educated voter electing a qualified  new leader of the free world.  It need not depend on a disgruntled and easily wowed over voter, who may inadvertently be electing a clown, who is all too ready to bounce into a very dangerous rodeo he has zero experience being at.

Melissa Fenton is freelance write and adjunct librarian. Find her writing all over the internet, but her work mostly on the dinner table. Find her at 4boysmother and at Facebook.com/4boysmother.

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  • I have a feeling his Bush-bashing may cost him the South Carolina primary. Not to mention that his kind of New York Yankee-speak doesn’t necessarily go over that well in The South.

  • wynotme307

    To the author:
    Apparently it is you, Ms. Suburbia, who has fallen asleep at the wheel. Instead of offering up a candidate that can solve the problems you mention, you carry on about ‘our’ choice of candidates. So let us examine what you will be facing in the next four years and examine the best to candidate to accomplish …. Something.

    Russia is in an alliance with China to provide them with natural resources. This has caused cities in Europe to become bankrupt, and slowed and stalled most if the growth in the Euro and the dollar. Russia also has been courting the OPEC nations to manipulate the prices of global oil by cutting production. Putin has gone around the world, including South America and Cuba, setting up trade pacts with many countries. They are behind the power industries in Africa and the Far East. They have established a means of currency adjustments through the BRIC nations to further trade, and on VEDay they held a lengthy parade of military force attended by no less than seventeen nations from every continent except North America and Europe. China participated in the parade with large numbers of military.
    The USA could very well be sanctioned by the other members of the UN Security Council ( Russia and China) for intervening in foreign countries and causing government conflicts and nation building. (Russia was invited into Syria by the recognized government. The USA/NATO has no invitation and no UN mandate).

    Next we have a credit crisis. When 2008 crash occurred we sold our bonds to China. No one will by US Bonds today, but none the less, the federal reserve keep printing the bogus things. By giveing them to bankers and stock brokers, the bonds remain as digits in the computer and not monetized. (That means the money is not circulated). This creates a one percent population that has digital money, but they can’t/won’t spend it because they know it would cause severe inflation.
    Also, they can’t spend it because we make nothing, compared to what we used to make. Bill Clinton declared we were a service economy when pushing NAFTA and preferred trade partnerships with China in the 90’s. We have become more and more consumer driven, while the rest of the world has become more and more manufacturing driven. Who do you think will survive the longest, consumers who produce nothing, or the makers and growers that utilize the consumers?

    Shall we examine the total seperation and division we see in today’s world? States defying the federal government with marijuana legislation. Students defying college administrators. The public defying the police, sometimes in open rebellion. While the federal government injects itself in the operation of city governments ( Baltimore, Ferguson, etc.) and in operations of county clerks (gay marriage licenses) and the taking of property from Indian reservations and ranchers in most of the western states, as well as the watersheds in the east. I could go on with other agregious acts now occurring.

    The democrat candidates think all is well. It just needs more fee stuff and more taxes to fix all the problems. Which is ludicrous to say the least.
    That leaves the republican candidates. One of which would call his dad and brother for advice if a nuke was headed toward our shore. Two who would flood the country with more consumers and call it economic growth through government spending. And I have no idea what Kasich would do. He is just an idiot that wants power. He has no grip on anything and no principles to flaunt.
    That leaves Trump. The only candidate that says he will talk to Putin and be best buddies and share in his trade world. He will end the strife by stopping arming rebels that fight against their own government. And the USA and Russia will rid the planet of ISIS and get those refugees back home and rebuild the countries. The USA should not bare the expense. It could be shared by all nations, and trump could do that. The other candidates would create WW III in a heart beat because they have no grip of what has happened and will happen.

    You better vote for Trump if you want to keep this country we love and honor. Or you should offer up a candidate that is more in tune that we all can rally behind. It could be we are at a point of “Irreconcilable Difference” and a DIVORCE maybe imenant.

    Just a regular country guy who also loves the USA and calls it home, although the land of the free and home of the brave stuff has long since flew the hen house.

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