Thursday, September 10, 2015

Is Donald Trump the New Ronald Reagan.......With More Money and Less Class?

A lot has been said by die-hard Trump fans about the parallels to him and Ronald Reagan.  Let's see, Trump was a trust fund baby, never struggled in life. As far as I know, Reagan never screwed the stock holders of bank stocks out of millions to advance his personal fortune, and Reagan's political evolution was slow, carefully thought out and because of deep seeded beliefs. Reagan never made a point in public to criticize his party or insult his parties candidates, and spoke about opponents only in terms of policy. The list of differences goes on and on....

Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan, and he's not a politician either. But as we all know, good leaders aren't always politicians, and as we have witnessed these last seven years, politicians aren't always good leaders.

As America looks for it's next leader, faced with a job losses and it's industrial base, a growing underclass, racial disharmony and the most uncivilized and barbaric outside threat to the civilized world since the middle ages, what do we see as choices?

On one side is a wing-nut socialist leftover from the sixties, spouting a combination of populism and failed Marxist socialism, and next to him a compulsive liar and criminal with name recognition, and soon maybe the present Court Jester will throw his hair plugs into the ring. On the other end of the spectrum we see a few capable patriotic men and women, who have tired of witnessing our country become something a large portion of the citizenry do not even recognize anymore. Standing tall at the head of this line is Donald Trump.

AND DONALD TRUMP SCARES THE BEJEESUS OUT OF THE LEFT. But Trump has a personal habit that may not endear him with some on the Right, and voters in general. Trump has a way of shooting his mouth off, then backing away from it saying that's not what he meant. Are we to believe he really means what he says? Case in point:
"Bleeding from you know what" ....and.... “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?  I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not suppose say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
And in the new Rolling Stone interview published today, Trump makes this comment about his own daughter:
"Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren't happily married and, ya know, her father…"
The Donald has already weaseled out of the 'Bleeding from you know what ' comment, and is  Trumping back the comment, he made about Carly Fiorina , insisting that he was “talking about persona, I’m not talking about looks,” but admitting that yeah, he probably did “say something about Carly, in a jocular manner.” Besides, if anyone gets upset about this, it proves Donald Trump is the victim of a double standard:
"I say that about a lot of people – ‘look at that! That’s not going to be the president? When I get criticized constantly about my hair, nobody does a story about, ‘oh, isn’t that terrible, they criticized Donald Trump’s hair...."
I'll say this much, Ronald Reagan never made excuses for his words or leering jokes about women and how he’d have loved to do his daughter. But then, Trump is much meaner. A Reagan for a much meaner, dumbed-down America, (thank you teacher's union).

That said, wasn't the very idea of Ronald Reagan becoming president only slightly less laughable in 1979 than the idea of President Donald Trump seems today? After spending 10 days following Trump around and trying (and only occasionally succeeding) to get a straight answer from him about anything, Rolling Stone Author Solotaroff concludes:
"What I saw was enough to make me take him dead serious. If you’re waiting for Trump to blow himself up in a Hindenburg of gaffes or hate speech, you’re in for a long, cold fall and winter."