Beware Of Darkness, Beware Of Donald Trump

“Watch out now, take care, beware of greedy leaders. They’ll take you where you should not go. … Beware of darkness.” – from the George Harrison song, Beware of Darkness, 1970.

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted July 22nd, 2016 on Niagara At Large

On the final night of the Republic National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this July 21st, Ivanka Trump introduced her father, billionaire blowhard and wannabe U.S. president Donald Trump, to the podium as “a generous and compassionate man” – all while the late George Harrison’s original Beatle recording of ‘Here Comes The Sun” swelled up in the background.trump get out

No so generous though – if you could find an ounce of generosity in the man for anyone but himself at all – that the Donald would give any thought to asking those who own the rights to a musical composition for permission to use it in his campaign, much less pay a penny in royalties to use it.

Not long after the last chords of ‘Her Comes The Sun’ rang out at this Trump-fest of a convention, representatives of George Harrison’s estate circulated the following message on Twitter – “The unauthorized use of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ at the RNC is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate. If it had been ‘Beware of Darkness’ (a song from Harrison’s classic solo album ‘All Things Must Pass’), then we MAY have approved it! #TrumpYourself,”

This was hardly the first time that Trump, who is one for giving the impression to the mobs who adore him that he is so wealthy and strong that he can say and do anything he wants, has appropriated classic pop songs for use in his campaign. Examples include Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Start Me Up’ and Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’.

In virtually every case, the rightful owners of the music followed up with a note warning the Trump circus’s ringmasters to “cease and desist.”

Trump, who has also taken to calling Hillary Clinton “crooked Hillary” every chance he can get as supporters he “loves” to call “poorly educated” chant “lock her up” and “Hillary for prison,” appears oblivious to the fact that these songs are someone’s intellectual property and that using them for advancing one’s own fortunes without the consent of the song’s owner is a criminal offence, subject to penalties up to and including … well … prison.3-photos-of-donald-trump-holding-up-a-hillary-clinton-for-prison-sign.png

Having said that, if the Donald had to appropriate a song for his closing address at the Cleveland convention, George Harrison’s ‘Beware of Darkness’ or any one of a number of apocalyptic opuses recorded by Black Sabbath over the years would have served as a perfect lead in.

To listen to Trump’s address at the Cleveland convention, the United States of America is a declining power in the country with weak and stupid people in charge and streets dangerous to walk down. The country is literally crumbling to the ground and on the verge of an economic meltdown so devastating it will make the Great Depression of the 1930s look like people were just a few dollars short of getting some steaks for dinner instead of settling for chicken again.

I find it little curious that people claiming to be so patriotic and wearing shirts and hats dolled up in red, white and blue would cheer while Trump’s standing up there at a podium yelling about what a bad joke the U.S. has become in the eyes of the world and as he declares, as he did at a number of his rallies earlier this year, that “the American dream is dead.”untitled

I’m just sorry he didn’t trash talk the country enough during his Cleveland address to cause the value of the American dollar to fall closer to that of the Canadian loonie. I need to buy some American money for another  trip I’m planning to visit friends in Massachusetts.

But it’s not all bad news in Trumpland.

David Duke, a Ku Klux Klan leader from Louisiana and darling for the white supremacist movement, reported this July 22nd that he was so “overjoyed” with Trump’s address and what he had to say about protecting Americans from immigrant hordes and returning to old fashion Christian values that he has decided to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate this fall.

Beware of darkness!

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4 responses to “Beware Of Darkness, Beware Of Donald Trump

  1. Again, simply to balance the table and quell the paranoia, I leave a wise word nobly expressed by senior statesman and veteran columnist, His Lordship, Conrad Black… >> http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/the-genius-of-trump

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  2. Linda McKellar

    Funny that the GOP calls “Murica” a cesspool while at the same time the greatest nation on earth. Which is it?

    Trump scares me and I actually think he might win, especially since Clinton has just chosen a running mate who completely slaps the faces of Bernie supporters because he advocates stuff like deregulating banks. As a result, if Bernie’s millions don’t vote or instead chose a protest vote, Hitler…. I mean Trump, can win. His speech was so violent and vehement that I thought he would have a stroke. His face was scarlet. Sure, give him the nuclear codes. He has always been a con and a swindler and his investors always lose out while he sails along. He is a sociopath who doesn’t care about them, just himself. This is just another reality show to him. The problem is, this time his investors and contestants are the American people and, ultimately, the world.

    Wow, maybe our dollar can go up to equity! Nah, we, and every other country will circle the toilet bowl with the US. The empire is crumbling. How about a theme song like “Another one bites the dust”? Start learning Cantonese.

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  3. Hillary’s running mate seems to be an unknown, but maybe that’s just me. On the surface, though it’s not fair to say, he looks a bit like a huckster, with a smile which projects anything but reassurance. I still beg to differ about Trump, and find that most of the paranoia comes from not investigating the truth about people, and just going with the hearsay. Trump doesn’t need the Presidency. He was totally set without it. It appears to have evolved into an achievable goal, spurred on by a tidal grassroots movement of discontented people, formerly of the silent majority type. The status-quo evokes much frustration and maybe it does require a relative outsider regarding the political process to set things straight and put America back where it should be. Again, I give you another take on the Donald… >>
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-trump-clinton-kass-0724-20160722-column.html

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  4. Linda McKellar

    The co writer of Trump’s first book (Tony Schwartz) said he is a sociopath. Trump threatened to sue for claimed falsehoods but couldn’t name a single one. He has more lawsuits against him than I have socks. He has been bankrupt several times. He is an insulting, boorish narcissist who calls people like Elizabeth Warren “Pocahantas”. He mocks the “size” of his opponents physical assets (it would be tricky doing that with Clinton). As his background is German (Drumph), perhaps we could come up with a few nicknames for him. He constantly calls Clinton “Crooked Hillary” (true of most politicians – SURPRISE!).

    Meanwhile HIS “university” was a big Ponzi scheme that bilked money out of average citizens (one young war widow and mother who spoke last night spent $35,000 on a degree she never received. That was money conned from her child and his needs). His casinos went bankrupt and his investors lost their money. He uses bankruptcy laws to his benefit. He bought up a sensitive Scottish seashore area for a golf course against the will of locals and then bitched about offshore wind turbines spoiling the view. He thought the fall of the pound was “great” because more people would go to his golf course. He built a golf course in Dubai on the backs of Pakistani workers who were paid HALF of what they were promised and whose passports were taken until they finished their commitments. They couldn’t even afford to return home. He decries foreign investments but uses cheap foreign labour for the products he sells and employs Mexicans (no doubt rapists) to do menial, less than minimum wage work at his Vegas and California businesses.

    At his rallies he told his followers that people against him should go out on a stretcher and he would pay for the lawyers of those who assaulted them. Then he denied advocating violence. He declared he “loves the uneducated”. No kidding. He said there should be no minimum wage. He is going to fix all the country’s problems and still cut taxes for the rich at the same time. Great idea???? He said in the 2000’s that the housing bubble would be great and allow him to make lots of money while working people lost their homes and savings. He will defeat ISIS but wants to sever alliances with other nations that help supply intelligence. He “loves” women but has been married three times and, ironically, each time to an immigrant and insisted on pre-nups so none of them could speak ill of him if divorced. Nothing crooked or nefarious there! Just a few examples.

    Of course people feel they have lost control of their destinies. That makes them see anyone different as a pariah. They also are aware of the disparity in wealth but think it will be remedied by a man with gold faucets on his private jet. They are angry and he expresses their anger and USES it to his advantage. Her turns people against each other, immigrants, Latinos, LGBT, Mexicans, you name it. If he gets in, he alone will “Make America Great again”. What a guy!

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