Nobody saw this coming. If they did, they were quite right about it. With the dumbing down of America, who would have thought those same techniques could be used in politics?
First, let’s look at the dumbing of America. When we turn on the tube, we have multiple different flavors of reality TV. Whether we’re looking at some sort of outdoor survival or some type of show where “strangers” are thrown together, it is cheap reality TV. This kind of entertainment requires no thought process. Nothing. You sit in front of the tube and veg out.
Next, we have the assault on education. This started way back in the Reagan era. We had education activists who wanted to tell educators what they should and should not teach in the schools. Books like Catcher in the Rye and the Pigman were questioned. They weren’t wholesome enough. They didn’t promote Christian values; therefore, they should be thrown out. I will not get into teaching standards that forced teachers to teach to a test instead of teaching concepts. The bottom line is that all of this has made the average school…well, less average than it was 20 – 30 years ago.
Now, we add to this mix Donald Trump. This is a guy who is good at one thing – promoting himself. He has promoted himself for over 30 years. This is a guy who has learned the entertainment industry. I’m not talking about making movies. I’m talking about learning how to get on the front page of newspapers. I’m talking about knowing how to get reporters to interview you. I’m talking about knowing how to manipulate the situation once you are in the interview, so that you don’t get serious questions. His whole blow-up with Fox News and Megyn Kelly was about the fact that Megyn was asking an almost tough question. He didn’t like that and forced Fox News to apologize. Think about this for a second. Megyn Kelly, not the best or toughest reporter in the world (hell, she isn’t the toughest at Fox News) is singled out by Donald Trump because of her “unfair” questioning. This is a stunt, like everything else. It was designed to tell all of the news outlets that he didn’t want any serious questions and it was designed to bring him more publicity. It worked perfectly.
Donald Trump has brilliantly crafted himself as someone who speaks the truth. Give me a break. This guy will say anything and everything just as long as he is promoting himself. The Republican Party is now sensing that they are being driven off the cliff. GOP leaders like Mitt Romney are starting to speak out. Unfortunately, it is too little, too late. Like Thelma and Louise, the GOP are in that convertible with the Donald at the wheel. My advice to the GOP is to put on your seatbelt and look around to see if there is a crash helmet. You will need it.
PS. Like clockwork, Donald Trump has responded to Romney’s criticism.
“I could’ve said, ‘Mitt drop to your knees’ and he would’ve dropped to his knees,” Trump said. “He was begging. He was begging me.”
Trump added that Romney “did a big choke” in the election against President Barack Obama.
“Mitt is a failed candidate. He failed horribly. He failed badly,” Trump said. “That was a race that should have been won and I don’t know what happened to him. He disappeared.”
What would have happened if Barack Obama would have used that “drop to his knees” line instead of Donald Trump? Fox News would have lost their minds.