The Watering Hole; Thursday December 3 2015; Trumpery

He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow —
The Broad are too broad to define
And of “Truth” until it proclaimed him a Liar —
The Truth never flaunted a Sign –
(Emily Dickinson)

Courtesy of Dictionary.com:

trumpery
[truhm-puh-ree]

noun, plural trumperies.
1. something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff.
2. nonsense; twaddle: His usual conversation is pure trumpery.
3. Archaic. worthless finery.

adjective
4. of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy.

The Republican Party is, apparently, on the verge of panic. Their problem is that in the latest polls, Donald Trump has once again surged to a commanding lead, to the point where his support now stands at 35.1%, just 2.8% short of the combined sum of support garnered by his three closest challengers (Carson, Rubio, and Cruz) who stand at 13.9%, 12.6%, and 11.4%, resp. The result is that the establishment G.O.P. is finding itself out in the cold, a long way from even the barest hint of a warming fire. They realize, in other words, that if the Presidential race comes down to a contest between the likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and their own Donald Trump, it’s pretty much all over but the shouting; the next President elect will be a woman, a Democrat — and who knows the consequences of the size of her wake in re Senate and House contests.

Their fears are clearly well-founded, although it’s extremely doubtful that Cruz or Rubio would change the dynamic all that much. The only close-to-genuine “establishment” Republicans in the mix are Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and maybe John Kasich, but with their support currently clocking in at 5.8%, 3.1%, and 3.1% resp., combined they barely outpace fourth place Ted Cruz’s current 11.4% — hardly room for any optimism.

Along those lines, then, here are a handful of comments from different Mass Media sources — each and all of which are specifically directed at Trump, but which can also be used to reasonably describe most any of the currently visible Republican candidates AND the G.O.P. Establishment’s legitimate electoral concerns.

First, from the Washington Post Danielle Allen writes:

The shenanigan king of casino land has a genius for one thing only: branding things with one word slogans. “Loser.” “Moron.” “Trump.” He attributes the bulk of his wealth to the brand of his name, and Forbes confirms that he’s prospered through his casino corporate bankruptcies because it would have been too costly for his creditors to rebrand the gambling houses. Of his many corporate bankruptcies, he says, “Basically I’ve used the laws of the country to my advantage and to other people’s advantage.”

Also from the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker:

Donald Trump, insulter extraordinaire, was bound to cross a line too far. Two days before Thanksgiving, he made many people feel nostalgic for the merely obnoxious Trump when he mocked a reporter with a physical disability, displaying a level of cruelty and meanness heretofore only suspected. . . .

Trump’s display was reminiscent of Rush Limbaugh’s similar mockery of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease. Like Limbaugh, who accused the actor of exaggerating his symptoms for effect (yeah, playing Parkinson’s is tons of fun), Trump has argued that Kovaleski, who writes for the New York Times, is using his affliction to grandstand. . . .

It is hard for many, including yours truly, to fathom Trump’s success as a presidential candidate. What sort of people abide — even applaud — a man with such a gargantuan ego whose sole accomplishment is having made a bundle of money with lots of help from strategic bankruptcies and a rather lavish loan from his father? . . .

 He’s the ultimate personification of a variety of vices (greed, intemperance, gluttony, wrath, pride) that we have embraced as a culture with the certitude of the forgiven — or of the be-damned, anyway.

From the Miami Herald and Leonard Pitts, Jr.:

Over the course of just two days last weekend, Donald Trump spewed bigotry, venom and absurdity like a sewer pipe, spewed it with such utter disregard for decency and factuality that it was difficult to know what to criticize first.

Shall we condemn him for retweeting a racist graphic on Sunday filled with wildly inaccurate statistics from a non-existent source (“Whites killed by blacks — 81 percent”)?

Or shall we hammer him for tacitly encouraging violence when an African-American protester was beaten up at a Trump rally in Birmingham on Saturday? “Maybe he should have been roughed up,” Trump told Fox “News.”

. . .

Trump is a whack-a-mole of the asinine and the repugnant. Or, as a person dubbed “snarkin pie” noted on Twitter: “Basically, Trump is what would happen if the comments section became a human and ran for president.”

Keeping the customer satisfied, giving the people what they want, is the fundament of sound business. More effectively than anyone in recent memory, Trump has transferred that principle to politics. Problem is, it turns out that what a large portion of the Republican faithful wants is racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, the validation of unrealistic fears and the promise of quick fixes to complex problems.

And finally from MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell summarizes Donald Trump’s impact:  ‘He’s Turning People Against People’

But it’s not only that that didn’t happen, “200,000 Syrian refugees are coming.” It’s not only that the facts are wrong. It’s that what he is saying is so emotionally and, you know, politically powerful. He is lighting fires. He is turning people against people. He is misstating the facts of what’s happening domestically, what’s happening with Muslims. The kinds of facts that he is misstating are so . . . Inciendary . . . . Because he pays no price for it with his supporters.

So that’s a quick summary as to how corners of the mass media view Donald Trump, and likely how the G.O.P. Establishment sees him as well. Still, however, the burning questions remain: is Trump different from the rest of the Republican candidate field? Does Trump’s “Trumpery” stand apart from the entire of the Republican Party?

A:  NO, and NO!

Just over two years ago — well before the current G.O.P. candidate list showed up — I offered here my own attempted summary of the essence, the policies of the G.O.P. Establishment as well as of the various other factions of said Republican Party, including it’s overall governing philosophies, its fundamentalist basis, its goals. I titled the post SALIGIA et GOP, and if it clarifies anything at all, it’s that today’s “Trumpery” descriptori.e. something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff . . . nonsense . . . worthless finery . . . of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy — defines the entire of the G.O.P. candidate slate and NOT just the one little egomaniacal pelt-coiffed tidbit that currently sits atop the popularity polls!

In the final analysis, therefore, it’s clearly not fair to besmirch only Donald Trump, as he is clearly not alone in the Trumpery department. Still, he has managed to brilliantly clarify the hate, fear, and greed politic that has come to define Republicans everywhere, so, on behalf of the G.O.P. Establishment and all or their sympathetic minions, here’s a big and well-deserved YeeHaw! to their very own MASTER of Trumpery . . .

THE DONALD!!

because

his usual conversation is pure trumpery . . .

A.K.A.

instruction in the fine art of spreading rubbish; trash; and worthless stuff!!

Or maybe, via an alternate ‘view,’ all hail to . . .

The Donny Llama e

The Donny Llama?

(Offered with sincere apologies to llamas everywhere)

******

Simplicity fled from his counterfeit presence
As Gold the Pyrites would shun —
What confusion would cover the innocent Jesus
To meet so enabled a Man!
(Emily Dickinson)

OPEN THREAD

43 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday December 3 2015; Trumpery

  1. The fact that TrumpDuck is still the R’s favorite in the polls, even this far ahead of the election, demonstrates what an absurdly bankrupt political process we have to rely on to select leadership in this nation.

  2. The single most horribly awkward meeting of this century that I can imagine and hope never happens.
    The Dalai Lama meeting Donald Trump.

      • “Buddhists love me. I love Buddhists. They’re tremendous people. I’ve employed tens of thousands of Buddhists and they’re fabulous people. But we definitely need to keep an eye on their temples. . . .”

    • Maybe Dally L will go finally lose it and go all kung-fu on Teh Donald and deliver the cock-punch we all know that fascist deserves.

      • I’d love to see him as a recipient of a good ol’ cock punch, one that would knock his comb-over loose from the glue.

  3. ” He’s the ultimate personification of a variety of vices (greed, intemperance, gluttony, wrath, pride) that we have embraced as a culture with the certitude of the forgiven ”

    ‘Tis the beauty of being true christian. 1. you’re always right, because you’re one of god’s chosen. 2. no matter what you do, you’re forgiven and will go to heaven, because god’s son died for your sins, so you don’t have to.

    As a result, christianity has come to represent, and hold as virtuous, greed, intemperance, gluttony, wrath, pride.

  4. Taking A Stab At Our Infatuation With Guns

    Guns. Everywhere guns.

    Let me start this discussion by pointing out that I am not anti-gun. I’m pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife.

    In the first place, you have catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We’d turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don’t ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives.

    As a civil libertarian, I of course support the Second Amendment. And I believe it means exactly what it says: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Fourteen-year-old boys are not part of a well-regulated militia. Members of wacky religious cults are not part of a well-regulated militia. Permitting unregulated citizens to have guns is destroying the security of this free state.

    . . .

    “A well-regulated militia” surely implies both long training and long discipline. That is the least, the very least, that should be required of those who are permitted to have guns, because a gun is literally the power to kill. For years, I used to enjoy taunting my gun-nut friends about their psycho-sexual hang-ups – always in a spirit of good cheer, you understand. But letting the noisy minority in the National Rifle Association force us to allow this carnage to continue is just plain insane.

    I do think gun nuts have a power hang-up. I don’t know what is missing in their psyches that they need to feel they have to have the power to kill. But no sane society would allow this to continue.

    Ban the damn things. Ban them all.

    You want protection? Get a dog.

    Written in 1993 by Molly Ivins

  5. Nice Timing Dept.:

    Jay Dickey: Ex-Congressman Who Helped Restrict Research on Gun Violence Says He Has ‘Regrets’
    Former Rep. Dickey, R-Ark., released a letter that reversed his position and called for the government to fund gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  6. Just to go all political horse race for a second and not talk policy at all (which is what I scream at CNN is it ever appears in my sight – “What about the fookin’ policies? Who cares who’s ‘ahead’ – are they fookin’ fascist dirtbags or not? And Bernie Sanders is actually mainstream, you out of touch bastardos!”)

    Teh Donald’s hand is firmly pulling the entire Clown Car to the stiff-arm, jackbooted right-hand side of the road …. so much so they may all just careen into the ditch together….. Bill Clinton is a genius (for all his selling out to corporations).

    CNN showed a shot of him the other day – Confederate flags waving in the front of the crowd – who knows what else – cries of ‘white power!’…. Badmoodman’s career as an extra is coming back to all us – there are crap load of brownshirts up on that bridge these days.

    But I notice as in all American-perpetually-in-election-horse-race-no-substance-at-all – not a single vote has actually been cast for anyone … yet.

  7. Speaking of gun violence…

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/judge-scuttles-george-zimmermans-fantasy-of-buying-darren-wilson-a-new-home-by-tossing-suit-against-nbc/

    Zim won’t get to fulfill his fantasies after all. Feel free to reply to his tweet if you’re on The Twitter. A lot of other people did.

    • No one needs an arsenal to fight the “War on Christmas”. According to FAUX”News”; the only weapon needed for that “war” is a red coffee cup.

  8. When George W. Bush first met U2 frontman Bono, he assumed he was meeting Sonny Bono and asked what it was like being married to Cher.
    BONUS grammar gaffe: “However, Bush added that Bono soon one him over…”

    http://www.nme.com/news/u2/90106

  9. It’s NSFW but here’s what journalism is supposed to be. I realize that we have moved on to the next massacre but my guess is that TyT will bring the same passion and honesty to that story too; once the shock wears off and more facts are known. And, even though Cenk isn’t featured in this video, it is a glaring indictment of the MSM that MSNBC couldn’t get rid of him fast enough once they realized that he was going to be passionate and honest no matter what he was told.

      • I would say no, you are not a bad person.
        I would say that you are not living up to your potential for not wanting to cockpunch him.

    • And the best response to the most recent massacre is? The Daily News? Could there be anything more damning of the MSM? Can I write a sentence without a question mark at the end? Do I care?

    • I saw that on their Twitter feed. I used to buy that paper for my mother because A) she couldn’t learn to read the news online, and, B) I can’t stand buying the NY Post.

      • I used to wonder why that was. When I was about 12, I asked him to fix a tooth so I wouldn’t have to do the dentist thing. Didn’t work, so I’m guessing god hasn’t been answering prayers for at least 61 years. I quit trying right about then. Gotta wonder why politicians still do it — or maybe they don’t really, just like to say they do in order to get people to like them.

        I gave up on that part, too. I know, my bad.😯

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