Tuesday, May 31, 2016
My Facebook posting today...
Stephen Hawking, world's most famous living scientist, asked by The Guardian to explain Trump's popularity, said "I can't. He’s a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”
Trump's popularity, with apologies to Mr. Hawking, is no mystery. He's preying on our fears of the great unknown, our discontent over the export of jobs to cheaper labor markets, our disgust at the racism and inaction of Congress as it revolts against the first black President and one of the most popular men on earth, and our feeling of impotency as we watch our government being purchased by Daddy Bigbucks and his pals among the corporate elite at firms like Lockheed Martin, or along Wall Street.
Trump may be a spoiled-brat, rich-kid, know-nothing, but he can hire brains and take their advice, and he's good with words, like any successful con-artist would be. He may be morally bankrupt, and sometimes financially bankrupt too, but he's good at bouncing back. His weaknesses include political inexperience, and lack of sufficient knowledge of the international situation to be able to hold up his end against the heavy hitters out there who already know how. And let's not forget his hot temper which could prove completely disastrous for all of us with his finger on The Big Red Button. Sensible people are scared shitless by that scenario, understandably.
Stephen Hawking knows all this, of course. He's just too polite to meddle in others' politics. I'm not, because I don't want to live next door to a nation that has a Trump in the White House with his finger on The Big Red Button, because I don't trust that son of a bitch as far as I could throw him, and neither should you. He didn't get to be a billionaire by being kind to the homeless, the hungry, the poor, the disabled, or the veterans who kept his flabby ass alive and well while he ducked serving his country himself. So don't kid yourselves, Kiddies. He is not your Savior. He is using you for his own benefit.