Friday, April 29, 2011

Trump and our worship of the (perhaps) rich...

I suggested below that as a culture we worship the rich. Look at the ratings for the Royal Wedding from this morning, but perhaps there isn't a better example than "the Donald"... Here's a guy who's daddy owned a bunch of real estate in NY, Trump inherits it and all of a sudden the Donald is someone that we should admire, look up to, learn from, and perhaps even vote for as President of the United States.

David Remnick in the New Yorker this week -

" Let’s say what is plainly true (and what the President himself is reluctant to say): these rumors, this industry of fantasy, are designed to arouse a fear of the Other, of an African-American man with a white American mother and a black Kenyan father. Obama, as a politician, is clearly not a radical; he is a center-left pragmatist. If anything, he believes deeply in his capacity to lead with subtle diplomacy and political maneuvering, with a highly realistic sense of the possible; in fact, to many he is maddeningly pragmatic.

The one radical thing about Barack Obama is his race, his name. Of course, there is nothing innately radical about being black or having Hussein as middle name; what is radical is that he has those attributes and is sitting in the Oval Office. And even now, more than two years after the fact, this is deeply disturbing to many people, and, at the same time, the easiest way to arouse visceral opposition to him. Let’s be even plainer: to do what Trump has done (and he is only the latest and loudest and most spectacularly hirsute) is a conscious form of race-baiting, of fear-mongering. And if that makes Donald Trump proud, then what does that say for him?"

I don't know whether to suggest Trump could read Remnick's piece and have absolutely no idea what it means, or if he may actually understand it, but perhaps he realizes nobody who would watch his reality show (which I suspect this presidential run is all about) would understand it or give a damn, thus he should ignore it and act like it doesn't exist.

Trump is the ultimate carnival barker who was blessed to grow up in a time when his schtick is an easy sell...

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