The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope

Posted on April 25, 2011

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For anyone who gets the title‘s reference, the Nineties called: they want their dignity back.  But since we don’t have it to give, they’re just SOL.

I’ve been on hiatus.  That is to say, I’ve been a slacker.  Which is why I haven’t posted for so long.  Which is also why I started a series of posts, then scrapped them.  But I’ve had time to think, to reorder myself, and to reconsider why I’m doing this in the first place.  So enough of this self-referential existentialism.

There’s been many topics of late that have piqued my interest.  One of them has to do with politics and intelligence.  I know, I shouldn’t be using those two words in the same sentence, let alone in the same piece of writing, but when this sort of thing happens, I just can’t sit back.  I have to put forth my two cents, which is this: WTF mate?

Really, Donald Trump is not an idiot.  The man is worth millions, if not billions, of dollars, most of which he’s built through savvy business connections and decisions.  He’s articulate, intelligent and educated.  And he seems to have a good grasp on public opnion, assuming that he pays any attention to the ratings for his own show.  At the very least, he has access to advisors who can (and probably have) steer him in the right direction.

So why in the blazes would he go and say something so utterly, unforgiveably stupid?  A simple Google search returns this, this and this.  The search took me all of five minutes, and the information contained within is enough to destroy the most persistent of conspiracy theories.  As a final test, consider this: would our government really allow a non-citizen to become president?  Would the CIA, the FBI and the Secret Service not investigate a candidate’s background to ensure their eligibility, if not to learn what risk they might pose to our nation?  Really, does Trump (and others like him) think that our government is so fraught with corruption, or so incompetent, that something as critical as this would go overlooked?

Really, if it weren’t for this blatant disregard for the electorate’s intellect, I would have considered voting for Trump.  He’s the kind of person we need to fix our economic problems and get us moving the right direction.  Unfortunately, this tactic will do nothing more than make him into another Ross Perot.

Relevance: intellectual honesty.  Trump has proven that he’s willing to let go of any integrity when it comes to political debates in order to smear an oponent or to garner publicity.  Sure, this will help his ratings, but that’s it; he should consider his reputation trashed.  What really matters, though, is that there are people who will believe him simply because he’s on TV, because he’s a celebrity, or because people are stupid.  When a person has that kind of power available to them, they owe it to everyone to use it responsibly.  Trump has failed to do so, and so should lose our respect.

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Posted in: Philosophy, Politics