Fear And Horror, And Donald Trump!

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted May 28th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 may go down as another one of those days that may live in infamy.trump yelling

It is the day that cable news channels in both the United States and Canada broke into their regularly programming with the announcement that Donald Trump had stopped being funny and had become the nightmare come true at least some of us have dreaded by winning over enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s candidate for what is still one of the most powerful offices (if not the most powerful one) in the world.

The only reason I am calling it, for now, a day that “may” live in infamy rather than one that “will” is because there is still a slim chance that Trump may crash and burn come final voting day this November if the Democratic elites stop fixing the nomination for Hillary Clinton and all of her tattered old baggage, and let Bernie Sanders run against him.

In yet another major poll, released shortly after the infamous news, showed Sanders leading Trump in a national race by double digits compared to Trump and Clinton statistically tied at a time when Clinton’s rankings with eligible voters for popularity and trustworthiness even lower than they were a month ago.

But the fix appears to be in and America’s mainstream media is reporting as if a Clinton coronation at this July’s Democratic Convention is already a given.

If that is the case then what seemed incomprehensible a year ago – a Trump presidency – may very well be the reality show of reality shows, even making Ozzy Osbourne look as tame as Ozzie Harriet from the 1950s Nelson family TV sitcom, by this time next year.

It got me thinking of lines from my favourite writers and lyricists, starting with this one from an early Bob Dylan song for all those out there who still don’t get why so many millions of people have had it with what has passed in recent years for politics as usual.

“Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”

Something happening, alright, and that leads me to a few lines from the late Rolling Stone magazine correspondent and self-titled “gonzo journalist” Hunter St. Thompson after he cited the same Bob Dylan lyric in his end of the last century book of essays, ‘Kingdom of Fear’.

“We are living in dangerously weird times now,” Thompson wrote in a November 19th, 2000 essay titled ‘The New Dumb’. “Smart people just shrug and admit they are dazed and confused. The only ones left with any confidence at all are the new dumb. It is the beginning of the end of our world as we knew it. Doom is the operative ethic.”

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The “new dumb” may be all those “under educated” people Trump claims he loves so much and that show up at his rallies in the thousands to cheer his promise of even higher border walls.

Then finally, I turn to a few lines from a David Bowie song called 1984, titled after the George Orwell hellish novel about living in a fascist state.

“Someone to claim us, someone to follow. Someone to save us, some brave Apollo. … We want you, Big Brother!”

I turn off my Bowie record and turn on the cable news, and there Trump is again. No escape. The orangy yellow comb over, waving his arms around wildly while hurling one liner invectives at “crazy Bernie” and “crooked Hillary,” and at Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who he’s taken to calling Pocahontas as a way of mocking her for saying in a 2014 memoir that she has some Native American blood.

Once again, a few words come to mind, this time from Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’.

“The horror. The horror.”

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3 responses to “Fear And Horror, And Donald Trump!

  1. Linda McKellar

    To quote Bertrand Russell…..

    “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”


  2. pat scholfield

    Much as I like Bernie, I still say I think he would be a great running mate for Hillary. I truly believe she agrees with a lot of Bernie’s policy, but she has enough experience to know what is achievable. They will be a dynamic duo!


  3. How about this view of history to explain Trump:

    After the British had conquered the French (1763), then lost the Indian War against Pontiac, they passed the Québec Act of 1774. This confirmed the right of the conquered French in Québec to their language, law and religion. It also acknowledged the Aboriginal land of their allies to the north and west of the 13 colonies.

    This was the main cause of the American Revolution. After all, the colonies were mainly Protestant and had fought for 100 years against the Papist French and their savage, native allies. These people wanted their land and Britain had prevented them from taking it.

    At the time of the Revolution, there were 3 personality types in the colonies:
    – the Loyalist, rule-of-law people
    – the Apoliticals (take what you want, just don’t burn my farm!)
    – the Rebel bullies

    In 1784, after the war, the Loyalists were evicted to what became Canada a century later. Here, the Loyalists Protestants learned to get along with the French papists. Perhaps our personality has been a bit too trusting of authority, but we work hard to avoid war.

    The dominant personality of the 13 colonies was now that of the Bullies who governed the Apoliticals. New immigrants adopted this as they came to the USA, as they adopted a differs personality in Canada.

    Look at how the USA has treated its neighbours for the past 230 years, beginning with their attacks on Tecumseh, then Canada in 1812, Mexico in the 1840’s, conquest of the western aboriginals, conquest of Puerto Rico, Panama, and control of banana republics and support of puppet dictators in South America, than around the world.

    Mulroney found the Yanks to be so bullying that he negotiated the Free Trade Act to force them into an enforceable rule of law. (NAFTA came later when Mexico was added.)

    In 2016, there are many Americans who lost homes and jobs in the Crash of 2008, while the Wall Streeters who caused it were saved and protected. These folk are furious and Trump is appealing to their Bully nature. They want revenge and action. (Bernie Sanders appeals to the same thing on the Democrat side.)

    Trump has shown an America first, isolationist nature, reminiscent of the 1930’s. Wait til Trump zaps NAFTA and ‘negotiates a better deal’ to see how much Canada & the world relies on trade. We should start looking now for better friends and trading partners.


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