Friday, October 07, 2016

Does It Take Intelligence to be Stupid?

"I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them."
Donald Trump, 2016 U.S. presidential candidate

"He doesn't care about those small businesses he didn't pay. He doesn't care about the people who lost millions of dollars in all of his bankruptcies.Those losses represent real pain to many people who never got paid."
Senator Clare McCaskill, Missouri
Donald Trump celebrates the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City in 1990. A year later, it was bankrupt. Mike Derer / AP
"[Trump] had some failures and then he built an empire. [He is] a genius at how to take advantage of legal remedies that can help your company survive and grow."
"Don't you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United Stat4es than a woman? And the only thing she's ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI checking out her emails."
Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor, New York
 For a man of formerly strong convictions who rose to the occasion as mayor of New York after the 9/11 attacks, Rudolph Giuliani has forever disgraced himself; his convictions have been blackened and surely his sainted mother must be reaching for the smelling salts and tossing sharp metal objects from on high onto her son's head, since she can no longer rebuke him in the land of the living.

Triumphantly basking in the certainty that however crafty, nasty, thuggish, evasive, racist, offensive and untrustworthy he is proven to be by his observable actions, by his well-earned reputation, by his publicized exploits that should bring shame, but instead bring acclaim, Donald Trump's supporters are so convinced that this extraordinarily egotistical chest-thumper is their man, they find value in the characteristics that repulse most well-balanced, thinking individuals.

Observers who see the man as he truly is -- a loathsome scum in the sea of humanity whose entitlements are never to be questioned but held aloft as earned recompense for a miserable existence of cheating and flaunting his flawed presence as though it were a precious jewel and he a marvel of entrepreneurship by knowing how to circumvent the system whereby all citizens are expected to pay for the services that society uses -- are uniformly aghast at his popular support.

Wherever an instance arises that focuses on this man's disgraceful views of other people in whom he delights to find faults, or his boastful exploits of money-grubbing seen as the work of a great enterprising businessman, one contradiction after another surfaces to put the lie to his claims of professionalism and capability, but even though his faults are hung out to dry in full view of any who care to recognize them, they are bypassed by his supporters in a mind-boggling display of deliberate stupidity to match his own.

His insults and assaults on news people, politicians, celebrities, only seem to serve to endear him to the teeming middle-class who love the chip on his shoulder that has the dimensions of an overhanging cliff. His fervid belief in his own accomplishments and his delight in his obliviously incorrect interpretations of world affairs and world leaders mark him as an ignoramus of the first order, but do nothing to deflate his popularity.

Now his elite political supporters name him as a "genius",  capable of advantaging himself through tax laws that can be manipulated. The Man Who Would Be President, to preside over an administration requiring treasury to fund all the functions of a civil state cannot himself reconcile to paying that state the taxes due it, leaving it to the vast middle-class to fill in where he and others like him defraud the public weal.

The genius businessman whose enterprises lost close to a billion dollars is lauded for ordering his accountants to turn his loss into a profit. Profiting himself and beggaring those who trusted him to do justice to his word as a reliable and trustworthy business colleague, entrusting their own businesses to forge ahead through a partnership that would fail them, and benefit him. Alarmingly, the same people whom he failed will be among those who prefer to see this charlatan extraordinaire in the White House.

Begging the question: has the American public gone entirely mad?

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