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#atozchallenge: J is for Jingoism…

12 Apr
#atozchallenge: J is for Jingoism…

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I’m aware that a large percentage of my readers are American, (although I’ve never really understood why that is) so I have had plenty of time to gauge attitudes to this particular subject, both on here and on Facebook, where I also have many American friends.

That is why I must qualify this edition of the A-Z challenge and point out, right from the start; that I know perfectly well this post doesn’t apply to the vast majority of you, or even (I hope) to the vast majority of America in general, which makes the whole thing all the more amazing.

Yes, you guessed it, this is another post about the extraordinary phenomenon that is the man they call The Donald, amongst many other, less complimentary names.

I know that I’ve made my views on the self-parodying psychotic orange clown clear in the past and I certainly haven’t changed my opinion since I last mentioned him, but he is becoming so ubiquitous in the media now, it’s almost impossible to go a whole day without at least one or two blobs of his verbal sewerage oozing into our consciousness.
And nobody seems to be capable of telling him that he sounds like a fucking idiot most of the time, that’s what I don’t get.

Ok, admittedly, we aren’t overburdened with scrupulously ethical and morally spotless politicians in the UK; there is currently a scandal involving the shady dealings of our prime minister and his tax affairs (never mind the fact that this is a man who stuck his dick in a dead pig) but even so, that pales into insignificance when compared to Fuckface von Clownstick and his campaign to become the leader of the free world.

I can’t comment on how the presidential race is covered by the American media in America, but I do see a fair amount of U.S. coverage online and there don’t seem to be many journalists, commentators or pundits (other than the laughable Fox “News” and the frankly odious Ann Coulter) who take The Great Drumpf seriously, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

Perhaps there are millions of your countrymen (and, unlikely as it may seem, women) who think that any of your leaders could have reached office by making ignorantly sweeping, racist pronouncements, threatening to deport whole sections of society, building walls and bragging about the size of their sex organs on television debates, but I somehow doubt it.
Can you even imagine the incandescent fury that would have resulted if Obama had said half the things this dangerous power junkie has glibly spouted in the name of self-aggrandizement?
It doesn’t bear thinking about.

He seems so utterly convinced that everyone loves him, too, that’s the most incredible thing.
He stands there on his podium, posturing and pontificating, saying nothing of any substance whatsoever, then presumably wonders why the press mercilessly take the piss out of him.

Here’s a speech he made in Albany just yesterday; I’d be deeply impressed if you can detect even the most rudimentary political nuance or hint of a policy from this unhinged helping megalomaniacal word salad:

“You are going to be so proud of your country. Because we’re gonna turn it around, and we’re gonna start winning again! We’re gonna win so much! We’re going to win at every level. We’re going to win economically. We’re going to win with the economy. We’re gonna win with military. We’re gonna win with healthcare and for our veterans. We’re gonna with every single facet.

We’re gonna win so much, you may even get tired of winning. And you’ll say, “Please, please. It’s too much winning. We can’t take it anymore. Mr. President, it’s too much.”
And I’ll say, “No, it isn’t!”

We have to keep winning We have to win more! We’re gonna win more. We’re gonna win so much. I love you, Albany! Get out and vote. You will be so happy. I love you. Thank you. Thank you!”

Well, he’s convinced he’s going to win, that’s for sure.
But what is the prize, that’s the question?
A country divided by hate and paranoia seems to be the obvious answer to that.

Over here, we sit and watch the news with open-mouthed astonishment, not sure whether to laugh hysterically or hide in the basement until it’s all over, because the only alternative to this all being one huge joke is just too frightening to contemplate.
If there is any justice at all, Barack Obama will eventually be seen by history as one of the truly great American presidents, it would be a shame to tear down all that he has achieved, just because it seemed like a bit of a laugh to vote for someone who can play the jingoism game on television and has a mildly amusing wig.

Whether there are enough people dumb enough to seriously consider voting for this out of control snake oil salesman, remains to be seen, but if they do and he actually wins, we’re all going to be worse off, that’s for certain.

#atozchallenge

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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in A - Z challenge, Social comment

 

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16 responses to “#atozchallenge: J is for Jingoism…

  1. Big D

    April 12, 2016 at 21:40

    Trump terrifies me.

     
    • dalecooper57

      April 12, 2016 at 22:01

      Me too, D, the bloke is World War 3 waiting to happen.

      By the way; I’ve been saving your blog notification e-mails until I can actually load and comment on them properly. There seems to be a problem with Blogger/WordPress compatibility recently. I haven’t been able to comment on any of the Blogger blogs taking part in the A-Z challenge either, the comment box doesn’t load and there is a banner saying, “This page cannot be displayed” at the top.
      I’ve even seen one or two of the participants who use Blogger mention that they are having to repost links to WordPress blogs, as the pingbacks aren’t working either.

      Just so you know I’m not blanking you. ;~}

       
  2. mikesteeden

    April 12, 2016 at 21:49

    Trump = the out EU campaign in UK…both barking mad; both hideously dangerous. Jolly good read by the way.

     
    • dalecooper57

      April 12, 2016 at 22:04

      Thanks. And yes, that’s a good comparison. I wasn’t sure people wanted to read yet another rant about von Clownstick Esq, but I’ve been scrolling through the Gawker and Jezebel sites today and seeing some of the stuff he says just pisses me off so much, I couldn’t help myself.

       
      • mikesteeden

        April 13, 2016 at 06:36

        It is an odd world when an ‘intellectually challenged’ tosser is almost in a position to lead the so called free world; couple that with the potential for European meltdown and a perfect storm is brewing.

         
  3. Dr. Rex

    April 13, 2016 at 00:20

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is so well written!! … doesn’t surprise me that this is the view of this political cycle in America from another corner of the world! It’s shameful & embarassing!

     
  4. Juli Hoffman

    April 13, 2016 at 04:15

    Waving hi from across the pond!

    I can’t speak for all Americans, but hubby and I can’t figure out how Trump’s gotten THIS far in the primaries. It’s a mystery! Is it a sign that the U.S. is becoming a ridiculous caricature of our former selves? Maybe. I live in Michigan, a state with a tremendous amount of racial diversity. (*We’re the state that looks like a rabbit and a mitten, depending on whether you live in the Upper Peninsula or the Lower Peninsula)

    Michigan usually sides with the Democratic party, so I don’t know a soul who plans on voting for him. (Trump is fighting to be the Republican candidate.) I have friends and coworkers with family ties in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Afganistan. We just shake our heads when we hear Trump speak. Clearly, Trump needs to educate himself regarding immigrants from the Middle East. Guess what, Donald!? Just because your family is from this area, doesn’t mean you’re a terrorist! Just because your family is from the Middle East, doesn’t mean you’re Muslim. In fact, the vast majority of the of Middle Eastern people I know are Catholic. Perhaps it doesn’t fit the expected stereotypes, but it’s true. However, we have people from every religion and country in this state, and it’s not a big deal. We have mosques, and churches, and synagogues all within walking distance of each other…and no one cares. We have immigrants from all over, and we don’t freak out and act ridiculous. The reason Michigan has so many immigrants is because we ARE so accepting of diversity. It’s all around us! It’s part of our culture. Not everyone is as closed minded as Donald Trump! Thank goodness!!!!!!!!! I worry how it will affect both my state and country if someone like Trump is in the White House.

    Juli Hoffman

     
    • dalecooper57

      April 13, 2016 at 07:07

      Thank you Juli, for taking the time to leave such a comprehensive comment.
      My wife is in fact from Michigan – the whole story is here, if you’re interested: https://trueromantic2014.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/in-the-beginning-the-universe-random-thumbs-and-being-inappropriate/ – so I have my own American commentator over here. She is only just starting to get used to the way we see the States from here, (I know we cover your news and politics more than you cover ours, so she sees a lot of the amazement with which our journalists report on events over there) but I do know she is glad she and her daughter escaped while they could.
      I’ve always followed events in American politics and I fail to see why Obama gets so much bile and hatred directed at him, especially on social media, as I think most people in the UK see him as a force for good and an instrument of positive change.
      Here’s hoping for a miracle; you never know, Bernie might still do it.
      Thanks for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

       
  5. LindaGHill

    April 13, 2016 at 15:43

    Ugh. Just, ugh. Nice write. 🙂

     
  6. lv2trnscrb

    April 13, 2016 at 16:14

    I think we here in America are in really big trouble with the upcoming elections. No one seems qualified in my opinion, especially Mr. Trump. Not sure why people are flocking to him, but maybe they think he’ll bring change that the country needs. Been praying a lot about the election; scary times here.

    Enjoy the rest of the challenge!

    betty
    http://viewsfrombenches.blogspot.com/

     
    • dalecooper57

      April 13, 2016 at 16:43

      Thanks Betty. I love your pink pigs, but unfortunately I cannot comment on anything on Blogger at the moment.

       
  7. Bee Halton

    April 14, 2016 at 14:07

    I have nothing to add to this post. Just nodding all the time 😦

     
    • dalecooper57

      April 14, 2016 at 14:34

      Many congratulations, you pass the sanity test. ;~}

       
      • Bee Halton

        April 14, 2016 at 23:13

        Much appreciated 🙂 but I grew up in Bundeskanzler Kohls Germany and he did quite a few funny things so I’m toughened ;-). Well, of course Kohl is nowhere near that man in the States with the funny hair and funny language ah I’m babbling. Time for bed I guess

         

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