Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Being There with The Donald

Donald Trump on climate change: "You have storms and you have rain and you have beautiful days." But his denial of the effects of global warming does not extend to his own properties.

Chance the Gardener: “In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.”

The latter is from Jerzy Kosinski's prophetic novel, Being There, written more than 40 years ago about a simple minded gardener, Chance, who is catapulted to political fame, becoming "Chauncey Gardiner" when the media mistakes his comment, "I like to watch my garden grow" as a metaphor for the economy.  In response to Chance’s statement, the President comments: “I admire your good, solid sense. That's precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill.” So, Donald for President and Chance for Vice President?

Duplicitous Donald also has embraced the NRA.  Perhaps climate change denial and ownership of assault weapons go hand in hand.  Guns for all (except for those on his own properties)! Oh, Donald et al., no one is trying to abolish the 2nd amendment.  We’re just trying to rid society of military style weaponry.

Finally, Google “Trump University,” a Donald-blessed bait and switch counterfeit “university” leading the gullible to believe they could become “rich” if they enrolled and paid up to $35,000 to learn his “secrets.”  Some 5,000 are now pursuing a lawsuit which Trump and his legion of lawyers have successfully buried until after the November election. These are the same disenfranchised middle class people he promises to help.  The only secret is his tax return.

And yet these contradictions and machinations only seem to vitalize his supporters.  Chauncey Gardiner is alive and well.