Wednesday, September 16, 2015
At What Cost?
Recently, I was a participant in a radio show.
The topic was Donald Trump.
I heard many give their support for Donald and I heard others give their reasons for why he should go away.
I got to thinking about this, and started focusing on Trump's appeal, instead of his presentation.
Years ago, there was a great Peter Seller's movie called Being There.
In the movie, Seller's character is a man who has grown old, but not up.
He has been raised in the home of an older wealthy man, but with little personal growth, watching television always, and upon the death of that man he is put out on the street.
Due to some good screenwriting, he ends up in the home of another wealthy old man whose younger wife (Shirley MacLaine) becomes enamored with him.
Chance the Gardener is the true tabula rasa. There is nothing there. But he is Being There.
Some time that's all it takes.
The extreme is when Shirley starts coming on to Chance. Chance watches TV while she sees to her own "enjoyment", after which she exclaims what a great lover he is.
Her political friends read great wisdom in Chance and he's off to the presidency.
Everybody sees in him what they hope to see.
Like Donald Trump.
I'm not denigrating Trump, but what is happening, I believe, is that people are so longing for a strong leader with no PC restraints, they see in him what they hope to see.
I fear however, that many of his "conservative" supporters who applaud his America First stance, are willing to see him disregard Constitutional restraints on the presidency, as long has he puts America on the course they want.
"Obama has broken the restraints."
"We need our own strong man."
I challenged that approach and was told the train has left the station.
We are not that country anymore.
Heck. I myself wanted a military coup at one point, but this is different. This is not fix the system.
This is "Make the trains run on time"
It leaves me with concern.
I don't know what Trump is.
I fear what his supporters might be.
I was on Bill Bennett's Show this morning with Steve Hayward (of Power Line) and Peter Wehner, talking about this.