Friday, September 27, 2019

Clueless Leader

It's a strange world we live in, a world in which a sports website features better opinion pieces than the 'paper of record', but here we are... David Roth of Deadspin wrote a post which echoes a lot of what I've said about Vulgarmort. This particular paragraph describes the Commander-in-Cheese perfectly:

The more worrying part of all this is that there is fundamentally nothing to know about most of what he talks about. Every rank thought-chunk that clears his blowhole is either some legacy beef or bigotry or something Trump learns from his television shows, which feed him attenuated suspicions, a list of ominous what-abouts that hint at some sort of outcome but stop well short of it, and a bunch of leading questions that, by design, cannot be answered. All of this is supposed to shore up a worldview and generate specific political outcomes, but mostly it aims to create a mood—a coiled and claustrophobic sense of being under siege, by someone—more than it does to answer any of the questions it hints at. It doesn’t really add up to anything, but also it can’t; the game is to accumulate.

This is a guy who can never forget a slight, never let go of a grudge. He is still pursuing a quarter-century feud with Rosie O'Donnell, he still smarts from the now-defunct Spy magazine's 1980's caricature of him as a 'short-fingered vulgarian'. He is the perpetual victim, the spoiler child who believes that every time he doesn't get his way is an attack. He is now, for the first time in his life, facing the prospect of being held accountable for his actions. He isn't up against a small contractor who he stiffed, he can't run out the litigation clock by forcing his opponent to run up legal fees. Trump is pure Id, the living embodiment of all seven deadly sins. Things could take a turn for the (more) dangerous when this cornered beast decides to strike out, or stroke out. Hopefully, he'll be holding a grudge against Nancy Pelosi a quarter-century from now, while rotting in a cell in Leavenworth.


Ali Redford said...

Absolute concurrence from me. Another beautifully written blog entry. Thank you!

M. Bouffant said...

Perfectly-timed, too. I was thinking of linking the Deadspin item in tomorrow's Round-Up, but Deadspin's not exactly a "small liberal blog". Then you stepped up in full "two minds" mode.

P.S.: Let me know if you actually get any traffic.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Thanks Ali and MB.

Great minds think alike, MB... and so do ours! I always get traffic from the blog roundup, old chum.

Ed said...

This will happen when people are duped into believing that there is someone who is good enough to rule over them.
You can’t eradicate cannibalism by eating the cannibals; there is no better analog for what voting is.
The voting booth should reconfigure the ballot lever to a dildo and require the Helots to use their mouths to make the selection of their next master, it also provides a keen preview of things to come for the voter.
“A ballot is just a substitute for a bullet. If your vote isn’t backed by a bullet, it is meaningless. Without the bullet, people could ignore the election outcome. Voting would be pointless. Democracy has violence at its very core!” ~Muir Matteson, “The Nonviolent Zone”
"An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it." ~ George Bernard Shaw
"Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves." Herbert Marcuse
"Working within the system means to become a part of the system. When you go into the voting booth, the only meaningful significance that your action will have is to show that one more person supports the state". ~Mark Davis

Buttermilk Sky said...

In one of the Republican debates Trump went on for five minutes about how his hands aren't small or anything else, nudge nudge. After all this time he still doesn't know that "short-fingered" means cheap.