Well folks, Donald Trump rolls on toward obtaining the nomination of the party of Lincoln while his two main rivals Cruz and Rubio continue to split the Trump opposition between them.
Now I consider Rubio, our junior Senator from Florida to be an empty suit. Cruz is just plain creepy with a creepy face.
Trump, on the other hand is the ultimate demagogue, defined as those “relentlessly advocating action, usually violent—immediately and without deliberation. Demagogues appeal directly to the emotions of the poor and uninformed, pursuing power, telling lies to stir up hysteria, exploiting crises to intensify popular support for their calls to immediate action and increased authority, and accusing moderate opponents of weakness or disloyalty to the nation. While all politicians in a democracy must make occasional small sacrifices of truth, subtlety, or long-term concerns to maintain popular support, demagogues do these things relentlessly and without self-restraint.”
Two thousand years ago in Rome it was Marcus Licinius Crassus.
Crassus was the richest man in Roman history. Indeed, he is considered one of the richest men who ever lived. He made his money in real estate (smiley face) – He was a shrewd acquirer of real estate, especially when it was on fire. Rome had no fire department; fires were left to burn themselves out. Crassus organized some 500 men and, when there was a fire, he would show up and offer to buy the property for a song. After the beleaguered owner sold out the burning buildings, Crassus would call on his fire department to put out the flames and then restore the buildings.
One might call it the art of the deal.
Crassus however never had enough. He always wanted more. After all, one is not remembered very long for simply making money. The other great men of his time, Pompey and Julius Caesar over shadowed him; Pompey was already Pompey Magnus while Julius was off conquering Gaul. Crassus felt like a third wheel. He needed to do something which would add power to his enormous wealth.
He decided to become a general. He equipped his own army to put down the Spartacist slave rebellion but couldn’t get it done without Pompey’s help and his legions. In the end Crassus had only made a lot of money and defeated an army of slaves.
Crassus doubled down and picked a war with Parthia in present day Iraq. Parthia was no push over. Crassus suffered one of the greatest defeats in Roman history and saw his son’s head on a Parthian pike. He himself was killed but not before molten gold was poured into his mouth and his severed head presented to the Parthian king. Everyone knew of his avarice and in Parthia it was considered a fitting end.
Crassus was not happy just being rich. He wanted power. He wanted glory. He wanted to be remembered.
Donald Trump is not happy simply being rich. He too wants power. No one will remember a real estate tycoon who did nothing but build apartments for the rich, run casinos and reality television shows and make a lot of money for himself – remembrance will come however to someone who becomes the most powerful man in the world.
Trump wants to be able to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say to himself “I am the most powerful man in the world”. He has no vision for America. He has no program; he simply wants the title “President”.
He is a demagogue of the first rank – relentlessly attacking Mexicans, Muslims, the press, women, the Pope, his rivals for the nomination. His manner is crude, more in line with Howard Stern than say Mitt Romney. His detractors are light weights, stupid, fat, ugly, low energy, ignorant, liars – a top tier bully more like the richest frat boy at college than a serious Presidential candidate. And he has encouraged violence, praising his supporters who beat up protestors at his rallies.
Yet there he is – out in front, telling big lies to the ignorant and those with closed minds who want to believe.
Why does he want to be President? Just to be able to say “I am the President!”
How crude is he?
“Months after Diana was killed in an automobile accident in 1997, Trump told Howard Stern he thinks he could have slept with her, saying she had “supermodel beauty.” In a different interview in 2000, Trump said he would have slept with her “without hesitation” and that “she had the height, she had the beauty, she had the skin.” He added, “She was crazy, but these are minor details.”
“He said of Nicollette Sheridan: (of Desperate Housewives) “A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.” When he got to Marcia Cross, (the prosecutor of O. J. Simpson) he asked Stern, “Would you go out with Marcia Cross or would you turn gay, Howard?”
He reportedly said of his ex-wife Marla Maples, “Nice tits, no brains,” and more recently, he has called Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly a “bimbo” and a “lightweight” and said she had “blood coming out of her wherever” during the first GOP debate.
Trump also discussed his involvement with beauty pageants. After purchasing the Miss USA pageant in 1997, Trump said he would make the “bathing suits smaller and the heels higher.” In 2005, when promoting the pageant on Stern’s show, Trump said, “If you’re looking for a rocket scientist, don’t tune in tonight, but if you’re looking for a really beautiful woman, you should watch.”
You can hear the audios here:
In the movie “Gladiator” the character Gracchus says it all: “Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they’ll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they’ll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it’s the sand of the coliseum. He’ll bring them death – and they will love him for it. ”
And what is the likely alternative? A continuation of the Clinton neo-liberal dynasty.
In the week before Valentine’s Day, United Technologies expressed its love for its devoted Indiana employees, workers whose labor had kept the corporation profitable, by informing 2,100 of them at two facilities that it was shipping their factories, their jobs, their communities’ resources to Mexico.
The president of Carrier, owned by United Technologies, gathered the Indianapolis factory employees, skilled workers who earn an average of $20 an hour, and informed them that the corporation planned to kick them to the curb but expected them to perform to the highest standards until Carrier opened a new plant in Monterrey, Mexico where the workers will be paid $3 an hour.
Carrier President Chris Nelson told the group, “This was an extremely difficult decision.”
Such difficulties for poor, poor United Technologies! It was making a nice profit at its Indianapolis and Huntington factories. But it was not the big fat profit it could pocket by paying Mexican workers a mere $3 an hour.“This is strictly a business decision,” Nelson told the jeering workers. It wasn’t because of anything they had done. It was just that Mexico allows corporations to exploit its people in ways that America does not. Its minimum wage is 58 cents an hour, while the United States requires at least $7.25. For now, at least. Some GOP president candidates (like Trump) have said they think that’s too high.
We can thank he Clintons for NAFTA; TPP will make it worse and of course Hillary never met a war or military action she didn’t like. And she’s taken millions from Wall Street in remembrance of the demise of Glass Steagell. Obama has simply been the continuation of the neo-liberal Clinton agenda. With TPP our workers will be competing for jobs with forced and child labor in Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. Tell it to the 55,000 +guys on the black wall in Washington.
So much for the Republic.
“If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal.”