“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. OK, just knock the hell … I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I’d like to punch him in the face, I tell ya. I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” – Donald Trump
When I first heard that Donald Trump was planning to run for President of the United States, I had a good laugh about it. The thought of that floppy-haired old man running the country instead of telling people they’re fired in between bankruptcies was seriously comical. I was looking forward to seeing how he was going to campaign because it would be entertaining for us all. But then, something unexpected began to happen. People started to take Trump seriously. Supporters started to emerge from the woodwork and proclaim that Trump was the hero America needed. That he would indeed make America great again.
John Oliver delivered a masterful piece on Trump, AKA Donald Drumpf. The custom hats are sold out, and the video of Last Week Tonight received over 20 million YouTube views in about 10 days. Oliver discussed the power of Trump’s name, how it is the cornerstone of his brand, but countered with how his “real” name, Drumpf, is much less magical. He drove a lot of points home, the key one being that we’re getting far too caught up in the name and the myth of instant success that is associated with Trump. We’re overlooking the fact that the man is, for lack of a better term, full of shit.
Trump’s run for President isn’t funny anymore. Our modern version of Hitler seems to have successfully brainwashed thousands upon thousands of people, enough to win state after state as he plows his way through the country. Weak-minded people, mostly white folks in their 40s and higher, are promising to vote for Trump during rallies as their hold their hands high in the air. His support system grows stronger every time he appears on TV to yell about immigrants or his “meager” beginnings with a million dollars in his pocket.
This isn’t a matter of not liking a candidate because I disagree with their views, it’s a matter of not liking a candidate because he’s a colossal dipshit who shouldn’t be allowed to manage a game of Sims, nevermind an entire country. Donald Trump is a confused little boy whose parents told him he could do anything he wanted when he grew up, not knowing that their little boy would take that to the letter as an adult and try to buy a country. He enjoyed fear mongering. He’s a racist, and a sexist. He doesn’t know dick about what it takes to run a country. Hey, neither do I, which is why I’ll never try to get that particular job. It isn’t for everyone.
We are a country obsessed with celebrities. We make nobodies famous through reality television and YouTube. We created President Trump because we have a fascination with idiots and memes and GIFs, and Trump makes for good entertainment. We care more about upcoming SNL skits about Trump than we do about the fact that he will likely burn down America within his first week. We created the Jersey Shore, we are responsible for the dozens upon dozens of Kardashian shows, we ruined MTV, and we continue to obsess over the frivolous while ignoring reality.
Our current reality is that Donald Trump has a damn good chance of becoming President of the United States. Luckily for us, a good chance is very different than a secured victory. We still have time to make this right. We can put a stop to this cartoon world and right the ship before this vulgar human gets anywhere close to swearing in. We need to save this country from becoming little more than a running joke. We need to give a damn about more than cat videos and face swapping and actually see how harmful Trump truly is. Time is running out; this train needs to be derailed immediately. We need to decide whether we want to live somewhere that we can be proud of or live somewhere resembling a preschool playground.
- “You know it really doesn’t matter what they write, as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
- “There was blood coming out of her eyes… blood coming out of her… wherever.”
- “Women; You have to treat them like shit.”
TRUMP ON THE MILITARY: “26,000 unreported sexual assults [sic] in the military — only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”
TRUMP ON FORMER PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATE CARLY FIORINA: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
I’ve been reading articles all morning about an immigration law in Georgia, including many editorials that are opposing this recent law as well as others that make the life of an illegal immigrant and those assisting illegals more difficult. http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/06/20/bridges.georgia.immigration/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
I’m a little familiar with the immigration process. I had family from Italy come through Ellis Island; I was able to find my quite great grandfather Domenico Aiello’s name in the passenger records. My mother was born and raised in Venezuela, allowed to stay in the US through marrying my father; I helped her with the test to become a citizen while I was in high school. After high school, three of my cousins moved from Venezuela to Florida to go to college and get a better education; they are now all US citizens. My relatives from Trinidad and Tobago moved to New York in the 70s on work visas and eventually became citizens. I could continue, but let’s stop there and just say that obviously I’m not against immigration.
It boggles my mind when people get upset that laws are being created and discussed that would crack down on illegal immigrants and penalize those who employ or harbor them. If my family lost our home, I wouldn’t be able to break into the Marriott and stay there by using the excuse that I was doing so to help my family have a better life. The problem with illegal immigration is right there in the description: ILLEGAL. Good intentions don’t matter when you’re breaking laws. It would be great if I could rob a bank and get off without penalty because I used the stolen cash to buy food for my son and to pay my rent, but that’s not how it works. Sure, it’s unfortunate that tough laws would mean that people’s friends or employees would have to leave our country, but that’s the end result when you illegally enter another country.
The article by Paul Bridges argued against the new Georgia law, saying “businesses will soon be deprived of reliable revenue provided by the workers — both with and without papers — who contribute to our economy. A farming couple in Graham is sleepless with worry about not being able to repay the federal loan to start their berry business. They fear they won’t have workers to pick their berries.” I sympathize with the people who will face troubles over not having illegals to hire as cheap labor, but I also think it’s a bit silly to worry about it. I refuse to believe that businesses and farmers are going to suffer irreparable damages by losing their illegal workers when the economy is in the crapper and unemployment is still high. When McDonald’s held the mass hiring event last April, they had about 30 applications for each of the 50,000 open positions. I get that it’s hard to hire good people, but if you chose a career that requires you to do so, you need to be prepared to do the work and the research.
Bridges calls these laws “shocking governmental intrusion on one’s private activities” and calls Georgia’s new law “unnecessary, unconstitutional and extremist.” Couldn’t disagree with him more, these laws are totally necessary; as a tax paying US citizen I was denied child care assistance from the state of Georgia due to numerous illegal Mexican immigrants taking advantage of the system, tying up the funds, and eventually locking funds while the state weeded out all illegals to allow citizens access to the funds they deserve. I’d hardly call this a shocking intrusion either, the intrusion happened when people decided to essentially break into our country rather than go the legal route. I realize it’s more complicated to do what my family did and come here legally, but I’ve personally seen it done as recently as four years ago and it’s not as difficult or as unattainable as illegals seem to believe.
Until the day comes when I can use the excuse of trying to improve the quality of life for my family to break other laws, I don’t want to hear that excuse for people immigrating to the US illegally. Until unemployment is non-existent, I don’t want to hear people whining over losing their cheap illegal labor. If families are broken up, that is a sad thing, but it’s also your own fault for thinking you could pop out a kid in the US and earn yourself a free pass to stay. I don’t want to hear claims that this issue is due to racism or prejudice; it’s a response to an ILLEGAL activity being carried out by people who are probably a different race than you. I fully support Georgia’s new law and I hope more states follow suit, not because I think these people are horrible and must be punished, but because it’s the right thing to do when someone blatantly violates the law right in front of you.