Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Trump ?

 At least someone had  the right idea!
Trump. I can easily understand the thinking behind the divide between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, but Donald Trump's runaway lead on the Republican side remains incomprehensible. At first I did, kind of, understand his appeal. In the early days of his candidacy he came across as someone who had definite leadership potential, certainly more of it than anyone else who stood on that first debate stage. As time has gone on though, what at first was a novelty with some appeal to those who like to hear what they consider to be unvarnished opinion, is now distinctly unpleasant - dangerous even, coming as it does from one who aspires to lead a nation with as much at stake as the USA.

There's the fact that Trump seems to have little knowledge of how government works in the USA. Leading huge business enterprises (at which he's not as brilliant as he likes to portray) is a whole lot different from leading a country as large, diverse and important (if hardly exceptional) as this is. Then there's the question of that "3 a.m. call". Remember that from the 2008 go-around? Who, in their right mind, would prefer to have Donald Trump answering that call rather than Bernie, or even Hillary or Rubio? (Cruz? -NO! Shhhh don't go there either!)

We drove around parts of our medium sized south-west Oklahoma town yesterday, after voting in Super Tuesday's primary. We saw around a dozen Trump lawn signs, all in some of the poorest areas of town. No other candidates' signs were on show anywhere. Those people, so proudly supporting Donald Trump, are surely not hoping that he, as president, would try to do anything to ease their situation?

Most weird I do get - this I do not!

Husband took a couple of photographs yesterday - one of them might give a hint of hope, others not so much.

UPDATE ~ The above was prepared Tuesday afternoon. We now know that Oklahoma Republicans chose Ted Cruz over Trump. Not sure if that's good bad news or bad bad news! But in the rest of Super Tuesday states Trump held his own... so what's written above holds good.


mike said...

From CNN:
"Sanders -- who enjoys the most positive favorable rating of any presidential candidate in the field, according to the poll -- tops all three Republicans by wide margins: 57% to 40% against Cruz, 55% to 43% against Trump, and 53% to 45% against Rubio. Sanders fares better than Clinton in each match-up among men, younger voters and independents."

Go figure! Last night, I heard the above numerous times and from various polls. Why would Sanders perform better than Hillary in the actual presidential election this November, yet Hillary out-performs Bernie in the primaries????? It appears that Trump is winning his delegates, so this November I anticipate quite a number of Republican defectors (in states that allow either-party-voting from primary to election).

Trump has brought the professional Republicans to their knees and for that I'm grateful. Trump is deadly for the entrenched, old-hat Republicans. It will not be business as usual from here on. He's delivering the bitch-slap! He plays a straight-up game, juvenile, vulgar and ridiculous though it may be. Impossible to know, but I suspect that Bernie is riding part of the wave created by Trump, but for different reasons...not sure how this election cycle would be without Trump. A bit like the notion of heaven-hell, Bernie-Trump are opposites, polar, and represent completely different values.

I've often commented regarding the mentality of the American public. Twilight, I hope you have noted that there is quite a population of Americans willing and begging to take Trump as their leader. Spooky!

We are in a particularly crucial, astrological window for all presidential contenders, but especially Trump. The most telling will be the March 8th solar eclipse, which forms a grand-square with his Nodes, Sun-Moon opposition. The Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square does him no favors, either. While I view these aspects as malefic for The Donald, he has an uncanny way of gaining steam from actions that would be very detrimental for others.

I have to admit that this is the best election cycle EVER that I can remember in my lifetime. Win or lose, love or hate, better or worse, it's here...LOL. Perhaps it's time that America and Americans had a face-to-face to evaluate who-what we are and represent. Are we Fascists at heart? Are we spoiled piglets? Will we do anything to get our way...even elect Trump?

Twilight said...

mike ~ It's The People versus The Establishment, but The People still retain their natural political division left/right. It's good news on the whole, I guess, in spite of the horrible potential of having a President Trump blighting our lives. It means more people are waking up. The two anti-establishment leaders are vastly different characters, they defy comparison other than the fact that they are both outsiders.

I have to agree that there's a swath of US people who, for some peculiar reason, are drawn to vote against their best interests. I hesitate to call them stupid, as some do. I see them as misguided. Misguided by teachers and church ministers in many cases.

Trump will go on trumping t'others on the Republican side, that seems clear now. Will Bloomberg (or somebody else) jump in to try to draw votes from him, I wonder?
It's getting late for that though.

I'm still pumped up from Bernie's much better showing last night than pundits and the MSM expected, and especially by his beating Clinton in Oklahoma that, for some reason, means a lot to me. :-)

Here's a very encouraging video I saw this morning:

Twilight said...

For another possible explanation of why people vote for Trump, listen to the exchange that begins at around 2.45 of this video clip from "The American President" movie, between Michael J. Fox and Michael Douglas.

It goes something like this:

The America People want leadership. And in the absence of genuine leadership, they will listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They're so thirsty for it, they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand. We've had Presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand, because they're thirsty. They drink it because they don't know the difference.

Twilight said...

Forgot the link:

Twilight said...

Husband has just passed this on to me from Facebook - not sure if the link will work here though. It's a very clever parody on the movie "The Producers" from the Jimmy Kimmel late night show - doesn't matter if you've not seen the movie - you'll catch on:

His Excellency said...

The March 8th eclipse could signal a change in Bernie's favor.

If I am right Hillary's lead could disappear or come close to it by the end of the day March 26th.

My findings are based on my rectified chart for Bernie and my accepted chart for Hillary (2:18 am) and for my unique locality charts for them on March 8th, 15th, and 26th. I have not done charts for March 22nd (Yet!).

Twilight said...

His Excellency ~ I do admire a modest screen name! ;-)
Thank you for this inspiring prediction - I shall keep it in mind.