Monday, May 9, 2016
The Donald....idiot or savant?
Donald Trump will be on the Presidential ballot this November, fact. Many people love him, while many loathe him. Many people think he's brilliant, while many others think he's an idiot. I'm one of those who likes many of the topics he brings up, but don't understand how he gets away with saying what he does without telling us HOW he's going to do it.
After considerable thought, though, I've come down on the side of those who think he's brilliant. Think about it....due to his show biz background he knows exactly how to get the attention and support of the "30 second sound bite" generation. It's straight from Marketing 101: "Sell the sizzle, not the steak."
Or to use another foodie metaphor, people today don't want to know how to bake a cake, all they want is to lick the icing off it.
But credit where credit is due, he and Bernie Sanders are right about one thing: "the system" is broken. House Speaker Ryan said he is not ready to support Trump until/unless The Donald comes around to supporting the traditional (orthodox conservative) Republican Party agenda. Trump says he doesn't need Ryan's support as "the people", based on the ballots they've cast, are who he answers to.
Ummm...yeah. I suppose that's the way it works, or at least the way it's supposed to work. Ryan seems to represent the tail trying to wag the dog.
I recently saw former Speaker Newt Gingrich on the tube talking about one of Trump's vanquished competitors (Graham? Rubio?...can't remember) who has publicly stated he would not support Trump's candidacy. Newt said shame on him, he owed it to the party to fall in line.
So the candidate and the card-carrying party members are just supposed to do whatever "the party" says?
This reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live skit....
Customer: "I'll have a hamburger, fries, and a Coke, please."
Burger flipper: "NO! Cheeburger, chip, Pepsi."
I'm very confused....do the people owe something to the party, or is the party, either party, just a support mechanism for the people's will?