Remember what I said about Trump's candidacy being a joke, and that he really did not ever intend to be a major contender for the Oval Office? (here)
Apparently, Michael Moore agrees with me.
And, from what he says, so does Trump.
Of course they did. I bin sayin' it for years--someday, the Republicans were going to reap the crop of anti-intellectualism (see this The Stupid Party column, which also says things I've been saying for a long time) and hatred they've been sowing for the last half-century. *
This Cohen column seems to accurately describe the condition of the world today, and goes a long way toward explaining what we're seeing.
As a casual student of history, I've read accounts of various kinds of mass hysteria that have gripped various cultures over the years. Sometimes these waves have been political, sometimes not.
(Although, I think the "end of truth" really started when FOX News successfully defended their position that, as a news outlet, they were not legally obligated to print the truth. But, of course, I've said that before. Often.)
Trump has been a political joke for decades, it being generally accepted that his frequent attempts to run for public office were rooted in his ego, a desire to see himself as the center of the world. No one's laughing now, are they? Especially not the party that built his platform.
Bear in mind that if the "hanging chad" debacle taught us nothing else, it reminded us that every vote counts. Mark your ballots clearly in November, people.
(And, if you're one of the unfortunates whose voting precinct uses electronic balloting, vote by mail instead, if you have the option. If you don't, it's not too late to stand up and demand safeguards and accountability for the electronic voting process.)
Never forget that today Trump is saying that Obama is the founder of ISIS and that Hillary Clinton helped. A couple of days ago he suggested that 2nd Amendment supporters might decide to take Hillary Clinton's candidacy into their own hands. This is more stupidity than even the Stupid Right should be able to swallow.
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* I've long thought--and I'm pretty sure I've said this before--that ever since the time of the "Industrial Revolution", the human race has been splitting into two major groups. Those who can cope with "progress" and those who can't.
There are a lot of Can't-ing voices (<--see what I did there? heehee) on the Trump bandwagon. (A similar group was responsible for the U.K.'s bewildering Brexit vote.) People who think they can somehow put the genie back in the bottle.
Reality doesn't work that way. The world has changed. Short of a major natural or man-made global disaster, it's not going back.
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Dear delusional Trump supporters:
No, your kids aren't going to get the highly paid manufacturing jobs you had back in the day. Get over it.
Instead of trying to bring back the '50s, why don't you stand up at a local school board meeting and demand that your kids be given an education that fits them for more than running a forklift or packing auto parts into cardboard boxes for shipping?
Your kids could be engineers. Scientists. Astronauts. Airline pilots. Software designers. Pro ball players (included for those who like that sort of thing) or movie stars. Concert pianists. Surgeons. Archeologists.
Parents are supposed to want better for their kids than what they had.
Embrace the future. It will be here tomorrow.