(Thanks to reader Howard A. for the link
I know that my complaint is a familiar one, but it must be said again. Could any
Democrat hope to attain high office after making such an admission? Why the double standard?
For 25 years, we've been singing the same song: "If any Democrat had said that or done that, he'd never be able to live it down." But Donald Trump keeps spewing lies, obscenities and absurdities, and he remains incredibly popular. He has been the quintessence of decadence; he has lived the life that Southern Baptists seem to think that all
New Yorkers live (or want to live). Yet the fundamentalist fools of Jesusland have managed to convince themselves that Donald Trump is one of their own.
He has insulted the parents of a fallen war hero
, even though any
consultant would have told him "Look, just say a few nice words about the Khan family and then change the subject." That's all he needed to do. Simple, right? But he just couldn't bring himself to do it.
This man has serious psychological issues.
political figure -- in all of history, and not just American history -- ever displayed such poor impulse control? Well, one can point to Caligula. And Commodus (who was even worse than his portrayal in Gladiator
). I suppose one should not forget Tiberius and his "little fishes." Charles VI (the one who got France into such serious trouble) thought he was literally made of glass. George III -- well, you know about him because you saw the movie. Christian VII of Denmark couldn't stop masturbating and liked to slap people for no reason. Ludwig II was pretty damned nutty, but he also funded Wagner and built a really cool castle, so I would call that one a wash.
I imagine that my more historically savvy readers could name a few others, but I think we're all agreed that Donald Trump may soon gain membership in a very exclusive club.
Here's the thing: Caligula and company never had access to nuclear launch codes. Giving that kind of power to a solipsistic maniac like Trump could insure that this entire nation faces "problems of death."