THE CONSUMMATE BULLY WHO WANTS TO LEAD THE FREE WORLD
By Patricia Moloney Dugas
While the World Watches: For the 2016 election, there were several viable Republican candidates with a clear message for the country and the world, but they were blown off stage by the absurd onslaught of one Donald Trump. Because of angry citizenry who have been convinced by a hyperbolic media that The Country is Broken, the irrational, often bizarre declarations of Trump were hailed as the anti-political voice of a messiah.
Bullying His Way: The freakish narcissism exhibited by Trump as he belittles, mocks, and shames all other candidates with destructive adjectives — “low-life, stupid, racist, ignorant, little Marco, and his favorite, liar.” While everyone else is a liar, he then declares himself to be smartest, kindest, best, and the greatest businessman “ever!” – all indications of a truly unbalanced person. His grandiose social and economic promises, i.e., the great wall, halting China, the Iran treaty, romancing Putin, bombing the Middle East, ending Obamacare, could never be implemented. Pure bombast.
His Racism has no Bounds: Muslims, illegal Mexicans, Middle Eastern migrants are amongst those Trump has blatantly threatened to exorcise from the country when he moves into the White House. The voice of the reason remains silent.
Media Collaboration: The more Trump blustered, the more free prime-time coverage he received, to the detriment of all other more qualified candidates. The FOX news channel championed his antics to the delight of angry, rebellious citizens. The die was cast.
New Defense: Once the stage was cleared of most of the viable contenders, the remaining GOP candidates, in order to stem the tide, started using kind-for-kind personal attacks back at Trump. Like bullies in a school yard, they snarled at each other while the world looked on — shaming themselves and America. The voice of logic has been silenced by a media-driven side show.
Moral Decay: Alarmingly, there has been no public outcry – no moral stand – no disapproval of how destructive his out-of-balance tirades are. Instead of dismay – there is a resounding howling, shrieking approval from the audiences at the debates and rallies. The voice of reason remains silent.
Phenominon to Aberration to Embarrassment: Attempts now by the Republican leadership to stop the embarrassment of a Trump candidacy could potentially set in place a fire storm — releasing the public bitterness created by a biased media. As the possibility looms that we could end up, by mishap, with a bully candidate, we can only blame the misled, misinformed, hostile public that wants only to turn upside down the precarious stability achieved by president Obama who successfully brought America out of the 2008 financial disaster while the rest of the world economies are still floundering and failing.
America Has Lost Her Way: What a sad commentary. We have lost our nobility. The world is watching us make utter fools of ourselves – while they are waiting for leadership from America. We are turning our great nation over to the disillusioned and discontented rabble. Our Congress has failed us and promises to continue to do so should another Democrat regain the White House. More years of stubborn defiance from a failed Republican Party.
All this disillusions our nation friends while empowering our enemies. If America is to lead the world through the 21st century, we had better take this election process seriously.
Patricia Moloney Dugas, Freelance Writer, Palm Springs, California