Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Response to Simpleminded Braying

(See: Just Above Sunset: Simpleminded Braying)

Once again, it was the ant versus the grasshopper — and as usual, the ant won. That tale has traditionally been a conservative favorite, but the truth is, its moral never really worked for them.

What’s more, the grasshopper should’ve seen it coming, since the story has been retold millions of times, the moral always being that the survivor will be the one who prepares for what-come-may, not the ignoramus who takes the easy way out by deciding ahead of time to burn his bridges when he comes to them. Or maybe this was the tortoise and the hare. Whatever. All these little life-lessons date back to the ancient Greeks, and as the old saying goes, he who doesn’t study his history gets his ass handed to him.

But Trump's bragging about what most people think should be shameful is classic Donald Trump.

For example, not paying taxes?
CLINTON: … we don't know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. 
Or maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax.  
TRUMP: That makes me smart.
Which gave Hillary a chance to come back with this:
CLINTON: So if he's paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. And I think probably he's not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are, because it must be something really important, even terrible, that he's trying to hide.
Which, when you think about it, makes good sense.

After all, he already has the votes of the people who don’t care if he releases his income taxes, and assuming there’s nothing bad in there, he can only win the votes of anyone who is holding back until he releases them, right? Which makes me wonder what awful stuff can be learned from his tax records that make him work so hard at keeping them secret, making him look like a tax cheat, putting him at risk of losing a good chunk of votes that just could put him over the top.

So to sum up? “Smart", my ass! He not only doesn’t support his country, he’s proud of not supporting it!

And he also doesn't pay his debts?
CLINTON: ... if your main claim to be president of the United States is your business, then I think we should talk about that. You know, your campaign manager said that you built a lot of businesses on the backs of little guys.  
And, indeed, I have met a lot of the people who were stiffed by you and your businesses, Donald. I've met dishwashers, painters, architects, glass installers, marble installers, drapery installers, like my dad was, who you refused to pay when they finished the work that you asked them to do. 
We have an architect in the audience who designed one of your clubhouses at one of your golf courses. It's a beautiful facility. It immediately was put to use. And you wouldn't pay what the man needed to be paid, what he was charging you to do...  
TRUMP: Maybe he didn't do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work…
Fine! Then return his work, rather than continuing to "put it to use”! By keeping the product, you confirm your satisfaction with it, so you need to pay for it! Otherwise, it's called "theft"!

And maybe it's your track record of putting small vendors out of business that makes you think you have the experience to do the same to ISIS?

But also of note is the famous question of trustworthiness. How Hillary Clinton scores so low on the trust meter, with essentially no evidence to support her being untrustworthy, versus Donald Trump, who actually boasts about not paying his workers, not paying his taxes, and just recently, has been shown to not even give to charity except to pay with money that others have donated to his own family’s private foundation, which supplies us with yet another instance of boasting about something he should be ashamed of:
Kenansville, North Carolina (CNN) — Donald Trump bragged Tuesday there's "nothing like" using other people's money, hours after a report said he used more than $250,000 from his charitable organization to litigate lawsuits against his business interests. 
Trump, while calling for building safe zones in Syria financed by Gulf states, vaunted the benefits of doing business with "OPM." 
"It's called OPM. I do it all the time in business. It's called other people's money," Trump said. "There's nothing like doing things with other people's money because it takes the risk -- you get a good chunk out of it and it takes the risk."
In other words, he’s a self-confessed cheat — which, as you would know if you walked a mile in his shoes instead of your own, is actually a good thing.

And speaking of the criminal element, did anyone other than me think his constant sniffing suggests "very-rich-guy-snorts-cocaine"? Or did I miss the part where he confessed to having the sniffles? For his part, he denied it on Fox this morning, although he did complain about the microphone not working, or something:
Trump also insisted that he does not have a cold or allergies when asked whether he was sniffling during the debate. 
"No, no sniffles. No. You know, the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing, but there was no sniffles," he said on "Fox and Friends."
So does blaming his microphone for his performance remind you of, “It wasn't me, it was the chair”?

Among so many of his several stumbles that passed by virtually unnoticed, probably my favorite was him crowing about a minor accomplishment of his that nobody but he (and, of course, his legion of cable news sycophantic surrogates) cared about in the first place — something he even admitted last night:
Well, nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it. I figured you'd ask the question tonight, of course. But nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate. And I think I did a good job.
Exactly! You’re the one who called his bluff, and lo and behold, it turned out he wasn’t bluffing!

You got him to prove that he was born in the U.S., something hardly anybody in their right mind doubted, much less (in your words) "was caring much about", in the first place!

With all your five-years-long yap-yap-yapping about Obama having been born somewhere else — which, by the way, was moot anyway, since even if he had been, he would still have been a natural-born U.S. citizen, making him as eligible to be president as John McCain, Ted Cruz, or George Romney — it turns out that Obama was born here after all!

So the question that you still need to answer is this:

Why the hell did you, for all those years, push this stupid meaningless issue? What was your purpose?

And why are you now bragging about something you really ought to be ashamed of?

(The answer to that one is easy: Because you are the man who "knows no shame”! In fact, being born without the shame gene is not such a good thing, since it fools otherwise ordinary people into thinking they can run for president.)

And something everyone who believes it’s time to "move on from this birther issue" (but who plans on voting for him anyway) needs to ask themselves is, What the hell are you thinking in supporting for president of the United States some shameless jerk who spent so much of his life keeping alive this stupid birther issue?

This transgression is exponentially worse than Rick Perry’s career-killing “Oops!”, and yet, instead of slinking out of the race with his tail between his legs, Donald Trump somehow convinces you that his mistake was actually something to be proud of?

And given that the emperor's skills are such, he’s persuaded you people that he’s actually wearing clothes, I have just one last question:

Want to buy a bridge?

So as for my vote for who won the debate, I’m going to go real shallow here and stick with the one with the best hairdo. What the hell, it’s as good a reason as any other reason to vote for her, which seem to be countless.

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