American Embarrassment........Where in the world is Archie Bunker
Aug 29, 2015
American Embarrassment........Where in the world is Archie Bunker
From left: Ross Perot, Ed Clark, Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, George Murphy and Meg Whitman. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: AP)
If all you knew about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign came from commentary in the media, you would think it was unfathomable, stunning and unprecedented in American history. Trump, the Boston Globe announced, “is forging a new path in American politics.” A Guardian headline called Trump’s candidacy a “populist, celebrity-driven first.” Salon described Trump as taking “personality politics to a whole new depressing level.”
But, if you look closer at the historical record, Trump is not such a novel phenomenon; in fact, his outsize personality, outsider status, conspicuous wealth, gift for exploiting a hot-button social issue and TV fame have a long and checkered lineage in our national politics. He is following in the steps of such actors turned politicians as Ronald Reagan and Sen. George Murphy, R-Calif.; business executives such as Ross Perot and Meg Whitman, who claim nobody can buy them because they’re so rich; independent and libertarian voices such as Ed Clark, a 1980 presidential candidate, who spoke for other libertarians in his suspicion of Washington and political power; and other voices of protest who style themselves as political outsiders vowing to fix what’s wrong and “make America great again,” to use Trump’s slogan.
In fact, Trump’s rise to prominence is rooted in a legacy of political outsiders promising to break up the concentration of political power in the capital and destroy the corrupt stranglehold of political insiders. Trump’s ascendance, for all its showy in-your-face appeal, is actually less surprising in the context of our post-Watergate, post-Vietnam political culture than Republicans, Democrats and much of the media have acknowledged.
Trump is running on a plan to crack down on illegal immigration and reinterpret the 14th Amendment to ban birthright citizenship. His “make America great again” slogan evokes a mythic past in which the country supposedly didn’t have so many fundamental problems (though the era he’s talking about isn’t all that clear). His campaign is a blend of outsider appeals, attacks on the media and broadsides against politics-as-usual, boosted by his own offbeat brand of brazen showmanship.
Ronald Reagan after announcing his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor of California. (Photo: AP)
He draws on elements of actors turned politicians such as Murphy, who won his seat as a Republican in 1964 by “parlay[ing] public relations, speaking … and other skills he had gathered in Hollywood into a political career,” as the L.A. Times observed. Two years later, Reagan defined himself in his first political campaign as “a citizen-politician,” or, as his adviser Bill Roberts recalled, “Joe Doakes [the ordinary American] running for office.” Trump displays the same theatrical command of the political stage as his Hollywood Republican forebears. He acidly spoofs Jeb Bush by calling him a “low-energy person,” mugs for the cameras in press conferences and dramatic news interviews, and bashes reporters as elitists preventing Americans from seeing the truth about his own greatness and the country’s contemporary political decline.
American Embarrassment donald trump: Ricky Martin attacks 'racist, absurd and incoherent' Donald Trump...the guardian on the ronnie re
Latin superstar lays into presidential candidate after journalist from Spanish language TV station is thrown out of press conference.
Latin superstar lays into presidential candidate after journalist from Spanish language TV station is thrown out of press conferenceMartin has issued a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump, whose views he has called “racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant”.
The Latin superstar took Trump to task in a piece written for the website of the US Spanish language TV station Univision, after one of its senior journalists, Jorge Ramos, was thrown out of a Trump press conference when he repeatedly tried to question the presidential candidate about his immigration policies.
Trump has taken a hard line on immigration, pledging to deport millions of undocumented workers and to get Mexico to pay for him to build a wall along its borders.
Billboard ran a translation of Martin’s piece, which was written in Spanish. The singer said:
The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil.When did this character assume he could make comments that are racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant about us Latinos?From the beginning his intention was transparent: basically tell barbarities and lies to remain relevant in the public opinion, for votes or simply to stay on the media’s radar.”
Martin said Latin people had to show Trump that they deserved to be respected. “Let’s not allow a political hopeful to plant his campaign in insult and humiliation,” he wrote. “Let’s demand respect for those first generations of Latinos who came to the United States and opened a path for us. We have fought for every right that we have today.”
Another musician, however, has been taking a more sanguine view of Trump. Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider, a former contestant on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice TV show, said the tycoon had asked permission to use Twister Sister’s song We’re Not Gonna Take It at the end of his rallies, and he had been happy to agree.
“Donald Trump is a good friend and a great guy, and I support him turning the political system on its head. The song We’re Not Gonna Take It is a song about rebellion, and there’s nothing more rebellious than what Donald Trump is doing right now,” Snider told TMZ (via Blabbermouth). “Although [Democratic presidential candidate] Bernie Sanders can use it as well; he’s turning things upside down too.”
Snider said it was possible Twisted Sister would perform the song at a Trump rally, if asked.
copied from the guardian.com
is the donald handing the election to Hillary Clinton....your thoughts.......
- Ricky Martin attacks 'racist, absurd and incoherent' Donald Trump
- Jeb Jabs Trump at US-Mexico Border - Donald Trump Responds...
- Ana Navarro John Kasich SECupp: The New Republican Party
- Donald Trump: I'm going to go ahead and give the election to Hillary Clinton........
- Homeland Security Alert: Bebe Samba, better known by her housemates as Kitty, a.k.a. The Executioner
- Finding Bill O'Reilly: Russell Brand Howard Beale and Catholic Guilt
- The Rolling Stones Fire Donald Trump
- Excellent Show Today, Noam, Talking About Gov Christie
- donald trump: a very scary figure..........
- Karl Rove Talks Donald Trump: Digging A Grave For The GOP