Friday, April 29, 2011

Great Comment About Birther B.S.

This is a comment from "Shane E" regarding a post on Clarence Page's blog about birther blow-hard Donald Trump:
Looking at this circus from a more detached, foreign perspective (I'm Australian) it amazes me that a country once as progressive as the U.S has become so bogged down in these kinds of fringe, almost lunatic politics.
In many ways I think this reflects most poorly on the education system in that it has produced a culture of anti-intellectualism, where evidence becomes secondary to rhetoric, where logic and reason can no longer compete with scandal, conspiracy and rumour-mongering. 
Democracy is a wonderful thing but the U.S politic system is seriously at risk of degenerating into a government of the idiots, by the idiots and for the idiots - with serious thinkers marginalised to the point of powerlessness.
There's not really anything I can add to that.


Anonymous said...

Very true, but I think Trump turns the tables in politics. He's not afraid to say what's on his mind, he's not afraid to challenge the "stupid" people in D.C. (as he said in Vegas today,) and not afraid to use "F" bombs in public for the sake of the shock factor and getting one's attention. The govt. spends much more money than the country makes, and what better a person to fix the problem than a businessman who knows how to MAKE money?

David Johnsen said...

I think you're wrong about Trump. He is just a publicity hound (many think he'll drop his presidential bid as soon as this season of his reality show ends) who isn't half as talented as he would like everyone to think he is. Hell, the guy's casino went bankrupt four times -- does that make him a great businessman? Clare O'Connor of Forbes may think so, but I don't (it may be legal, but it's not ethical to repeatedly hang your creditors out to dry).

Trump was a weenie to join the birthers, and he's a bigger weenie to call for Obama's college grades. The birth issue was bullshit from the start (and probably racist at its core), but at least it related to a presidential qualification. GPA is not mentioned in the Constitution so who cares? It's especially disingenuous for Trump to hint that Obama got some kind of easy break into Harvard when Trump himself was born into much more privilege than Obama -- or indeed 98-99% of Americans -- ever had.

As for F-bombs, I think Rahm Emanuel still owns the market. Regardless, I curse like a sailor myself, but that hardly makes me a good candidate for president.

Jen said...

I have to agree with David here -- everybody keeps talking about how great it is that he isn't afraid to speak his mind (which is just another signal to me that he's not a a serious candidate), but the president can't just go off on, say, another country. Diplomacy is actually a significant part of the job, whether people want to admit it or not.