In an unprecedented action in American politics, the Republican nominee from the last election spoke about the inadequacies of the Republican front-runner in this election. Mitt Romney spoke today on national television to make the case against Donald Trump. He referred to Trump as a “phony” and a “fraud”. Trump fired back, calling Romney a “failed candidate”. Is it possible they’re both right? Could the nation be anymore divided? Is all of this making it almost a certainty that a year from now we will have a second President Clinton? It’s not a stretch to imagine the answer is yes to all of these questions. The biggest question is, what has happened to the United States of America?
I blame the Kardashians more than anyone else. Well sort of. I’m kidding to some extent, but let’s face it. We now live in a reality TV culture. Whether it is scripted or not, people like watching a show that pretends to be real life. Personally I prefer comedies and dramatic TV shows I know to be rehearsed fiction. The culture of the Kadashians has lead us to a fascination in all that is Reality TV. Donald Trump, king of all apprentices, is as much part of the Reality TV culture as anyone else. As a matter of fact, “The Donald” was somewhat off the radar till he became a hit again by declaring to many unfortunates, “You’re fired!”. Now he is running for president, putting on a show, and the American people, myself included, are engrossed by the entertainment of it all. I can pretend to be above the fray, but the truth is I’m excited about tonight’s debate. Not like I would be about a fascinating documentary, but more like I would be about an ice hockey game between two teams with bad blood. Why? Because I know there will be a fight. As a matter of fact, this election cycle is looking more and like the WWE or the WWF or whatever the most popular wrestling organization calls itself right now. Wait, I just remembered what they call themselves. The Republican Party.
This falls very much into the category of, if it wasn’t so tragic it would be funny. You have John Kasich, a decent man, with strong credentials and adult behavior languishing at the bottom of the pack not because he doesn’t have a good message, but because compared to “The Donald”, Cruz Control, and Groucho Rubio, the Governor of Ohio is just too plain boring. Meanwhile, Dennis Miller, someone who I seem to remember as once being funny, thinks he’s a rip when he says, “If the ballot is between Hillary or Anyone but Hillary, my vote goes to Anyone but Hillary.” I get it Dennis, you hate her and you think you’re still funny.
The unfortunate and very frightening thing about all of this is, that as we enter a time when our leadership may be more important than ever before, and our enemies will do everything they can to see us flounder, we are most likely going to have a president too hated by too many people for anything good to get done. People need to realize, and realize fast, that when watching the Kardashians, if what you see goes all wrong, only one family suffers. If however we translate that mentality to presidential politics, millions of families will suffer. Is it worth all this “entertainment”? I think we all know the answer to that one.
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