A Tale Told by an Idiot, Full of Sound and Fury
Allow me to get all my cards out
on the table. I have written about the conservatives and the political
right extensively and taught about it in college classes for decades. The
conservatives wish to return America to a time in the past. Depending
upon the issue, it might be a generation ago or centuries ago. The
America, back then, was what the conservatives want for America today.
They want to go back to the good old
days. Well, the question is whether the good old days were
good for everyone and not just good for white males. For example:
Racism/segregation. I don't
hear blacks wanting to go back to the good old
days of segregation or slavery. Blacks aren't pushing for
less time to vote or photo identification. Many poor blacks don't have
drivers' licenses since they don't have cars. Therefore, who are the ones
pushing this form of racism? Another issue is the wanton
killings of black males now by the police. However, black males will routinely
be killed, especially in the South, during the civil rights movement and
Sexism. Who are the ones
telling women about what they are allowed to do reproductively with their
bodies? They are told by whom about when to have sex and the reason for
sex? The obvious answer is not by women but by men. Additionally, women get paid
about 25% less than their male counterparts even though they have identical
education, training, and experiences.
Homophobia. Gays and
lesbians are treated in the same ways that racial minorities and women have
been treated. In each situation, discrimination is based solely upon
their birth. Again, is the LGBT community pushing for second-class status
Xenophobia. It is obvious
that the Donald and his followers never studied Greek. Xenophobia is
derived from two Greek words, ξένος, which means foreigner and φόβος,
which means fear. Hence, the word
means fear of foreigners. All
illegal immigrants from Mexico or Central America cause the Donald fear.
Add all Muslims to the Donald's fear list, and that is his basis of xenophobia.
Anti-climate change. Many
of the political right diss the notion that we are polluting the atmosphere so
much that we are going through global warming. This is resulting in the
arctic ice shield melting rapidly, ocean water levels are rising, and increase
in more intense storms.
reform. Over 15-million Americans are now covered with medical insurance
than were covered prior to the passing of healthcare reform. We were the
last Western industrial society to provide universal healthcare. However,
in 1912, Teddy Roosevelt tried to awaken sleeping America to universal
healthcare. Interestingly, also in that year, Norway passed the first
universal healthcare program. A century later, America woke up. At
both times, the conservatives were against healthcare reform, and at both times,
they were wrong.
However, this essay is not about
all the trash that the Donald and conservatives push. It is about the way
the Donald talks trash. We have watched week after week for more than a
year and a half of the Donald talking trash while acting like an irate
child. However, the Donald and I watched many of the same TV programs
while we were growing up. For example, Candid Camera started on TV in the
late 40s and was still on TV in the 70s. The Donald should have realized
that, even though Candid Camera is gone, YouTube has replaced it.
This Candid Camera version
recorded the Donald being the Donald at his worst. That 2016 version of
Candid Camera is scary at two levels.
The first level deals not with
what he says alone. Instead of even debating with the Donald, look what
we see him do. And he thinks that America needs him?
The second level is a
warning. If we are not careful, we risk teaching our children to emulate
the Donald. What a role model. His political nonsense doesn't make
sense. However, his inane behavior makes far less sense and is seen by
millions of Americans and billions throughout the world.
The Donald should have read
Shakespeare's Macbeth's soliloquy.
This is Orson Welles playing Macbeth.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and
Creeps in this petty pace from
day to day,
To the last syllable of
And all our yesterdays have
The way to dusty death. Out,
out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a
That struts and frets his hour
upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It
is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound