America’s Caustic President

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What was once quirky political theater at its best is now becoming increasingly hard-to-watch TV.  I’m talking about Donald Trump’s campaign.  Who out there can honestly say, with a straight face, that they don’t cringe when they watch him open his mouth?  Or laugh; sometimes Donald cracks me up but then I get serious.

His accusation of thousands of Muslims celebrating the downing of the WTC on 9/11 in New Jersey is long on fiction and short on fact.  Despite his entreaties to the public-“everyone saw it”-the only acquiescence he’s garnered has been a rather tacit affirmation from ex-New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani who said it was a few and not a thousand.  Even Presidential hopeful and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has backed away from his earlier assent.

Trump’s latest lambast of a disabled reporter is very disturbing; more so for the fact that no one in his camp is willing to call him on it, preferring rather to toe their campaign line of Donald refusing to be politically correct.  Someone should ask them, what about showing respect? What about simply being nice?  It seems in the Trump camp such protocol is thrown out with the bath water.

No, their thing, his appeal, stems from his supposed strength.  Except, strength with no conscience quickly becomes abusive and such power in the hands of “the most powerful man/woman in the world” can only lead to disaster.  Many times, world conflict starts with bad feelings and mistrust.

For decades, historical accounts of World War II in the West routinely downplayed the contribution of Chiang and the Nationalists.

From Bad Manners: The seven-decade-old fight that still poisons US-China relations by Rana Miller

With our relationship often times rocky, few Americans today appreciate just how much China is owed for their contribution in WWll.  Such facts are hidden from public consumption; overshadowed by a long-standing distrust between the two nations, precipitated by the caustic relationship between the allies and the Chinese Nationalists under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek.  This was further provoked by discourtesy and the overall disrespect shown Chiang by the American chief of staff, General Joseph Stillwell, better known as “Vinegar Joe”.

If contempt can drive an historic wedge between two countries for almost a century then we must tread lightly in our consideration of Trump for President.  The reason; the man is all shades of caustic.

It’s his acidic avoidance of political correctness that endears him to a certain segment of the population.  But it’s that same scathing shoot-from-the-hip attitude the public finds attractive that will ultimately cause problems.  That’s because in the end, Trump is corrosive and seemingly incapable of uniting anything or anyone.

In today’s global climate, if you’re not a unifier then you’re (possibly) a destroyer.  And I, for one, am uncertain exactly which one Trump wants to be.  I’m just saying…

Photo from Gothamist.com, Video: Donald Trump Hatefully Mocks NY Times Reporter With Disability by Ben Yakas

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