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Monday, July 20, 2015

Donald Rambo

Donald Trump

The Donald got trumped last week by Huffington Post, who told its readers they would no longer cover Trump's supposed run for the American Presidency in the Politics section of the website because The Donald isn't about politics or the Presidency. The Donald is about The Donald, so all news stories about him will be in the Entertainment section, which he's provided for America for most of his life, actually.

Said Huffington Post: "Our reason is simple: Trump's campaign is a sideshow. We won't take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette."

"But he says what others are thinking and saying," some of his loyal defenders say. Honestly? So does a macaw. "You got to like him. After all, he speaks his mind." As does a braying mule.

His latest obscenity is a rip at Sen. John McCain, as viscous as it is idiotic. He said it right here in Iowa, at Vander Plaats's Family thing in Des Moines, in a venue begun with prayer, I'm sure. Most people believe McCain's military service record qualifies him for whatever highest honor America's military can afford. But here's Trump among the Christians in DesMoines: "He's not a war hero. He was a hero because he was captured," saith The Donald. 

Say what? 

And then the greatest obscenity of all. "I like people who weren't captured."

The Donald only likes Rambos who take out deadly pillboxes singlehandedly in a blaze of glory. He likes his GIs to handing out beau coup purple hearts to the enemy, not getting them. He likes his superheroes capturing the bad guys, not getting captured. 

McCain spent years in a Vietnam prison camp.

The Donald likes winners, not losers. McCain is a loser. 

What scares me is that many others are thinking what Donald Trump dares to say. Honestly? About John McCain? 

Probably not. About winners and losers, yes.

After all, Trump's comments are just a good tweak or two away from Mitt Romney's famous in-house speech to the super rich--the one in which he simply determined that 47% of the American people were Obama supporters because the government supported them. Romney likes winners, too, not losers. 

The bad news is that there are losers, and the Bible says they'll always be here too. Some people die in prison camps. Some people get hit by cars. Some people lose their jobs in corporate buyouts. Some kids get reared in homes where no one eats breakfast. Some boys grow up without fathers. Some kids don't have iPads. Some women get raped. Some chicken farmers lose millions to avian flu.  

I have friends who truly believe that the quality of life in any nation--or in any group of people, for that matter--can best be determined not by who has the most toys, but by how that nation or community loves those who have least. I think those friends are right.

Donald only likes people who weren't captured.

He must love Huffington Post. After all, they were certainly not captured by him. 

They did a Rambo on the Donald. I say, good for them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well Jimmy,
I did a little surfing and look what I found. I checked in with the Huffington [Puffington} Post's first cousin the Washington Post and look what I found. Seems like there is more than one politician suffering from "Foot in the Mouth Disease"....

"Pinocchio! Obama tops Washington Post’s list as biggest liar of the year.

It seems President Obama is going for a sweep of the liar awards this year. Washington Post just announced their Pinocchio Award for 2013 and to nobody’s surprise, President Obama tops the list with “If you like your plan you can keep it.” Obama’s hits also include “The Capitol Hill janitors just got a pay cut.” And who can forget, “The day after Benghazi happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism”? Barack Hussein Obama, ladies and gentlemen: President of the United States and Pinocchio of the Year."