Monday, September 5, 2016

The Charlatan

Good piece from Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post - The GOP's coronation of a charlatan 
"(Trump) lacks the knowledge, curiosity, temperament, wisdom, compassion and resolve to be president. The GOP is about to formally endorse a charlatan for the most important job in the world."
noun: charlatan; plural noun: charlatans - a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill; a fraud.

Any other candidate would be long gone.  He won't release his taxes, he's flip flopped daily on issues, his statements are beyond the scope of common sense and decency, not to mention reality.  He really is someone who lacks the knowledge, temperament, and wisdom.  He is nothing more than a cheap con artist, a manipulator, a con man.  He blatantly lies and often the lies are based on his lizard brain need to be loved by the people in front of him.  If he did a rally in front of democrats he would change all of his positions on every single issue. And, of course, he has no earthly idea what pathological means.  Along with being a pathological liar, you can't read the definition of someone with Nacissistic personality disorder, without recognizing it fits him to a tea:
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others' feelings.[4][5] People affected by it often spend a lot of time thinking about achieving power or success, or about their appearance. They often take advantage of the people around them.
And he stands just less than a 50/50 shot at becoming President of the United States.

Why? How?

In part, I suggest it's 25 years of the Rush Limbaugh and Fox News convincing poor whites that they are victims of the liberal elite and that the only media they can trust is conservative media.  So, it doesn't matter what the New York Times says, or Eugene Robinson writes in the Washington Post - they're on the 'other team'.  It's us against them and we must hunker down and support our own. 

The other piece, which I've suggest many other times on this blog, is that people are really really scared.  They don't understand the economy, education was the answer but now nobody is really sure what school is for, they are worried about their children, and their retirement, and their communities, and they just want someone to fix it.  And Fancy Donnie says that he'll fix it.  They're willing to bet it all that the charlatan can fix it.  They saw him on tv in that show, and he's got a plane and fancy things, maybe he can fix it, maybe he will bring those jobs back, and Make America Great White Again.  For nearly 50% of the population, who apparently I don't understand at all, it's worth the risk that he can.

And how powerful are these two things?  We end up with Trump,  an east coast, New York city billionaire, who has become the voice of, and for, the white working class.   And he's not just a New York City billionaire, he is an obnoxiously fancy one.  He went to fancy schools, sent his children to fancy schools, lives in fancy houses, has fancy wives, wears fancy clothes.  Poor whites don't like fancy.  They picked on fancy kids who wore izod shirts and penny loafers.  But, Trump they like.  And they also want to vote for 'someone they can have a beer with, but Fancy Donnie had never had a beer or an alcoholic drink of any kind.  Much less a smoke or a chew of tobacco.  And yet, the hold is so tight they ignore all of that?  But, at least he's a christian?  Not even close.  He's never opened a bible in private in his life and everybody who has paid any attention to him knows it.  A narcissist like Fancy Donnie believes he is god and damn if he's going to worship someone else.