The Donald (Trump, not Duck) – Or, Can the Tea Party be Trusted to Vote Like Adults?
Much ado has been making the airwaves recently about Donald Trump, best known for weird hair and pompous self-promotion, and his maybe, sort of, possibly, thinking about consideration of potentially running for President. Yes, President of the United States of America.
I’ll wait until you stop laughing…or crying. Whichever seems most appropriate.
In these periodic posts of potential presidential ponderers and prospects, PGH will look at the serious, the not so serious, and the simply silly. Three guesses as to which category Donald Trump fits into. The Donald (one of the pet names he invented for himself) has suggested that he may be a candidate for the presidency on the Republican ticket. Never mind the tricky little disconnect with his previous non-candidacies as a Democrat, an Independent/Reform, or whatever political pseudoparty he makes up for that day. He’s played this game before, so transparent in its “playing the media/public for fools to promote whatever project he has going at the time” that everyone was prepared to smile and nod and move on to actual real potential candidates and their own political game playing.
But then something absolutely bizarre happened. Some people actually took Trump seriously. “Some people” meaning “the tea party.” The media, of course, played the whole charade up, but we know they are doing it merely for ratings and ad sales. That and sheer boredom because none of the legitimate potential Republican contenders seemed to be in a hurry to actually officially announce their candidacies (like it’s some sort of secret). So the media does what the media does. No shocker there. What is more incredible, in fact down right scary, is that a significant portion of the tea party actually seemed to not understand Trump’s game. They actually started tossing their support to Trump in not one but several straw polls. He actually comes out ahead of the pack in one or two. Donald Trump!! Seriously. I’m not making this up.
Which gets me to the point of this post. The tea party is not to be trusted with intelligent, adult decisions regarding our country. They have proven it over and over again, with this Trump thing being just one of many examples. They are so divorced from reality and logic that they have in turn bounced from Sarah Palin to Michele Bachmann to Donald Trump as people they consider to be legitimate prospects for the most important political position in the entire
country world. And they are serious.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some legitimate differences of opinion about the role of government in society, the amount of spending versus income, and whether some issues are best dealt with at the federal versus state level. But those legitimate issues are not being honestly presented or debated by those who self-identify as tea party. It is those who self-identify as Independents that are having, or at least trying to have, honest discussions with the goal of finding solutions. The tea party, on the other hand, is prone to hypocrisy, distortion, bigotry, and xenophobia.
Not everyone in the tea party, obviously. Which is why those who currently find themselves associating with the tea party because they thought the tea party was a mechanism for getting their voices heard should be running away from said tea party at great speed. The tea party are the crazy guy on the park bench yelling that Elvis is alive. For a while the guy garners a lot of publicity and news coverage (controversy sells ad space!!), but after a while you start to realize that he isn’t making any sense and might actually be a danger to himself and others. Then you start to pity him. [Or more preferably, find him professional help] In short, the tea party is destroying any credibility any honest Americans concerned with real issues might have expected could undergo discussion. Not gonna happen. If the tea party pushes it, it instantly has zero credibility, even if it isn’t one of the vast percentage of tea partiers who are birthers or bigots. [Aside – If you want to have an honest discussion of real issues, check out the Coffee Party]
Which gets us back to Donald Trump. The man epitomizes the fact that even vulgar buffoonery can’t stop you from becoming filthy rich (or in Trump’s case, building on the riches he father handed to him). That’s fine. Trump is one of those curiosities that we all get a kick out of, in part because we are glad we still have normal looking hair and wish we had his wealth and lifestyle. But while we might envy his wife-model of the month, we wouldn’t take him seriously as a presidential candidate.
The fact that the tea party seems willing to take him (and similar caricatures) seriously when they have some actual qualified candidates available demonstrates that they cannot be trusted to vote like adults.