BY RAUL CAMINO
We live in a time more conscious of multiple forms of discrimination. Of course, what is known “political correctness” draws criticism from bitter baby boomers and Gen-Xers who claim that the world has become “too” sensitive. This notion itself deserves a separate piece, but for now, I’ll focus on what that has to do with Donald Trump.
A lovely little right-winger named S.E. Cupp, writing for Townhall.com, called to attention the notion that the rise of Trump should be blamed on meddling liberals and their stupid political correctness. In an article, subtly titled, “Blame liberals for the rise of Trump”, Cupp makes blunt statements about how sensitivity has jaded the U.S. public enough to elect the physical embodiment of human rights violations.
With no real evidence, and a prose that crumbles under the weight of its own ass-hattedness, Cupp poses this notion. And judging by the polls, it could, maybe, possibly, be a valid argument. The U.S. public seemingly has no other explanation for the rise of Trump.
What does it say in our time, one of progress, when a bigot with an atrocious hairdo is thrust to the forefront, above most candidates, for the position of United States president? Are we really that jaded? For those sipping the rancid Trump punch, I offer an attempt at clarity through analysis.
The subject of this analysis, besides Trump himself, will be his adopted catchphrase. The reason being, I feel that what we have with this man is a dog with more bite than bark.
“Let’s make America great again.” What does one even make of such a vague statement? If “great” means affluent, then let’s address Trump’s plan to “pump” a lovely sum of money back into the economy. Fantastic! Only, from which orifice of his body would Trump pull the funds it would take to kick out millions of people and build a giant wall? It could cost $400-600 billion, and over two decades of valuable bureaucratic time, to deport all 11 million undocumented-immigrants. Add to that, the cost of a wall to keep any more immigrants from entering could be upwards of $49 billion.
Let’s not stop there. If “great” means lack of civil unrest, then, to our prospective candidate, the United States would find itself at peace without the threat of 11 million “rapists” and “drug smugglers”. Say Trump, with a wave of his toasted orange palms, successfully got rid of all immigrant souls and fortified the country. Surely, then, that would settle all the qualms of White America. Idyllic! Except, what becomes of the existing, systematic, struggle that plagues the United States’ own citizens? I’m talking about the hateful, racist paradigm under which Black Americans have to live, and which has become heritage in this country. I’d like to see Trump try to sweep that under the table. The fire ignited by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X is still burning. And in an enclosed space, full of citizens with a history of civil unrest, there would be nothing but ardor.
It is evident that the United States has an array of social and economic issues to attend to. And there are groups I have omitted for the sake of this piece. However, the things I’ve addressed have not been discussed by Trump himself, nor any of the Republican candidates. Even the Democratic Party just recently decided to treat the Black Lives Matter movement as a valid political talking point.
But I digress. The center of this piece, of course, is Donald Trump. And blatant sarcasm aside, his sensibility is the product of a pampered upbringing, coupled with the privilege of being a white cis-man in the United States. It has recently been reported that Trump is taking his candidacy more seriously, instead of steering it in the direction of a side-show circus. Yet, one has to question this newfound restraint. It has all the markings of cunning strategy, not sincerity. One must not forget that Trump, above all, is a celebrity. He is a television actor. And this country has already bought, and paid for, a thespian presidency. The last time the United States put an idealistic actor in office, the nation suffered a dose of Reaganomics, and has been treating the ailment of its lingering effects ever since.
So, even though it may seem too soon to discuss the validity of his presidency, I urge anyone with a waking consciousness to be aware of the dirty rug that Trump is attempting to pull off of his head, and over the eyes of the U.S. public.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, let’s lay the formidable Trump machine to rest, and pray it never rise again.