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Quite a contrast between Iraq elections of a decade ago and those today in America.

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Who’s responsible for the rise of Trump?

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Reason for Trump

Donald Trump is storming through the Republican primary to the surprise of just about everyone.  It seems as though the worse the behavior, the bigger the following.  We discussed this in an earlier post so we won’t replay that here.

But who’s to blame for Trump’s rise?

If you look at recent editorial cartoons, Frankenstein’s monster is the latest metaphor used to explain it.  Just check out the examples below.  The Republican establishment and Fox News appear to be popular.  But we think there’s a simpler explanation.

Mike Luckovich

The best explanation is to look no further than Obama.  A huge segment of the population isn’t pleased with the direction this country has been taken.  It’s not just the policies, it’s Obama’s childlike qualities, and we don’t mean an honest, doe-eyed innocence.  We’re speaking of his callow actions as he attempts to build a legacy.  A legacy that has more in common with a petulant toddler than the leader of the free world.  Check out this ever expanding list:

Childlike

 

Voter’s want something the opposite of what we currently have.  Unfortunately with the pendulum having swung so far in one direction, the kinetic energy during it’s reverse course will swing us too far along an about-faced bearing.  Trump is the anti-Obama, but not in a good way.

 

How do you like them apples?

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I’m a wanna-be apple farmer (photo below).  If I ever get a crop…here are the possible effects on me based on the outcome of the election.

Apples

Newman Farmer

 

Too big to squish

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Raid

If the Republican party ever wanted to implement their own kind of honor killing it may be now.  That is, taking out a member of the family for bringing shame or dishonor upon the household.  Many even outside of the GOP establishment consider what he’s doing an embarrassment.  Spewing foul language, talking down to opponents, and belittling those who disagree; all part of his collective poke in the eye to the PC culture.  Refreshing in some respects, but only if it’s from a reality TV show moderator.  Conduct that’s particularly far from presidential behavior.

Of course, he actually is the host of the latest reality TV craze that’s playing out daily in front of live audiences everywhere, it’s called Groveling for Vice Presidency.

 

The Medium is the Message

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The media

In his 1964 book “Understanding Media: Extension of Man” Marshall McLuhan coined the term The Medium is the Message.  There’s no more obvious example of this than Donald Trump’s historic rise through his careful, crass, and damn-the-torpedoes-full-steam-ahead approach to getting his coiffed hair in front of every media outlet possible.

Print, radio and television – especially television – have put Trump in his most natural environment.  The actual spoken message matters little.  What matters is the image, and more precisely, his image, in as many places, in as many forms and as often as possible.  The more rude, boorish and lowbrow the actual message, the more the media will hover to catch every insult; the more bleeps required the better.

We’re going from a President who curtsies to every foreign leader he meets, friend or foe, to the possibility of a President Trump, who’s sure to start delicate foreign relations discussions with “pull my finger.”

 

Hillary’s a woman; who knew?

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Woman

Hillary’s message is starting to get sharpened.  She’s just about given up trying to be different that Bernie.  Who can compete against free stuff unless it’s just to equal his extensive list.  But now the difference between the two Democrat candidates is beginning to come into focus.  The divergence in these two candidates is in their genders.  Guess what?  Hillary’s a woman.  No argument there and we’re all very glad that’s been settled.  But her biggest difficulty seems to be admitting that it’s her main vote-getting strategy.  She goes around saying that you shouldn’t vote for her because she’s a woman but then seems to be quick to remind everyone that, yes indeed, Hillary Clinton is a woman.

“Don’t you someday want to see a woman president of the United States of America?”

“I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had.”

“44 boys is too many.”

“Folks want an outsider in this election. Who can be more of an outsider than a woman president?”

And of course there was the Madeleine Albright now famous quote, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”  So it’s not only our duty to vote for Hillary but any women who doesn’t fall in line is also risking eternal damnation.

Here’s a thought though that can put this whole let’s-finally-have-a-woman-president campaign strategy to rest.  If Bill Clinton was the first black president, didn’t we already get our first woman president when we elected Barack Obama?

The haunting of Hillary

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Ghosts with captionHillary’s quick to point out the amount of experience she brings to this campaign.  To go along with that self-identified worldliness there’s an expectation that all she has to do is have her name on primary ballots and it’s a mere formality to get from there to her coronation.  That experience left a legacy of trampled bodies and issues on her way to her crowning.

Trustworthiness:  Bernie Sanders 91%,  Hillary Clinton 5%

The good news is that the voters are starting to catch on.  During the New Hampshire polling it was identified that Hillary’s trustworthiness was shockingly low compared to Bernie Sanders.  From the NY Times, voters who care about honesty in a candidate said that Bernie carries the trust factor by a whopping 91% compared to Hillary’s 5%.  5%!?  We’d be willing to go out on a limb and say that at least 5% of people think the moon’s made of green cheese and Elvis is there right now, living out his retirement years.

Some might call Hillary’s current troubles another example of chickens coming home to roost, but that only brings back unpleasant memories of Reverend Wright disparaging America.  Instead, let’s just say that New Hampshire was Hillary’s fright night filled with ghosts of transgressions-past.

So Hillary and Bill, with your campaign faltering due to ghosts from your power hungry ambitions …. who you gonna call?