About once a month, I meet a group of retirees with whom I once worked for breakfast at a local diner. Although we are of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, we are all social conscious and all tend toward liberal political positions. After a sufficient number of “u-u-‘s and ah-ah-‘s” were made over the latest pictures of grand babies, the conversation turned to the present list of presidential hopefuls. Instead of discussing the platforms or the specific planks in each, we discussed the manner in which a few candidates presented themselves in public as shown or described in the media.
None of my former co-workers were pleased with the public presentation/performance of Mr. Donald Trump. The general consensus was that Mr. Trump began his campaign by saying anything that would attract attention. When a significant number of American voters seemed to identify with his utterings, he made flamboyant outrage part of his “appeal”. Mr. Trump did not have to offer any solutions to any problems, he just had to say outrageous things about them. The media jumped on the process and those voters who, for their own personal anger at perceived or real injustices committed against them, jumped on Trump’s bandwagon.
One of my former colleagues had an idea that I thought she should share with the Democratic Committee to Elect the President. She said, in effect, that if Donald Trump were to be the Republican candidate for president, the Democratic committee should make a compilation of all to the sound-bites that Trump uttered about women, immigrants, the Pope, medical care, taxes, peace negotiations, wives of other former candidates, and a few sub-rosa remarks. The purpose of such would be remind the public that the person who would become president ought not to sound as if he was auditioning for the Jerry Springer show.
After due reflection, while originally I thought the sound-bite concept excellent, my enthusiasm has waned. My new fear is that the reminder would bring out the worst in portions of the public who vote, but who feel underappreciated and economically by-passed by life, but who blame their current problems on the government, ie, those currently in political power, those whom they consider “the establishment.”
All of this makes me feel like Snoopy, “Sigh …”