Donald Trump is not an idiot, he’s not campaigning in as improvised a way as it may seem, he has a very focused strategy but its very nature is already undermining itself.
What may be misleading many to think he is just winging it and succeeding despite that is that he is winging it when it comes to expressing any views on issues. There’s a reason he’s content to say off the cuff and outrageous things, completely contradict himself from moment to moment or day to day and flat out lie about issues.
He doesn’t care about them, issues are ancillary to becoming and “ruling” as President. So he has no concerns about declaring women should be punished for having abortions or that all Muslims should be banned from entering the country, nothing he says about issues matter if he can simply distract Americans the next moment with an obnoxious pronouncement or insult.
Again, for all those Trump supporters who will never allow reality to penetrate their worship of their stubby-fingered hate vessel, he doesn’t care about any of the issues you think he does.
This week, he’s already tried to have it both ways by not recanting his bigotry against Muslims but saying a religious test to prevent all Muslims from entering the U.S. was just “a suggestion”. So Trump fans, your god just sold you out on your desperate embrace of islamophobia and though your synapses no longer fire on anything related to your blind goosestepping behind Trump, those of us who live in reality see what saps you’re being played for and how Trump’s feet of clay are beginning to crumble.
Trump has a simple and admittedly elegant strategy for seizing the Presidency, it involves a degree of what his career has been built on, being a deceitful snake oil salesman, but is powered by what he learned from the world of reality television.
Reality television is actually just the opposite, it accomplishes one main and rarely discussed function, it distracts many Americans from what really matters in their lives by luring them into caring about which singer gets the winning vote, which survivor gets voted off a pretend island, which regular person can cook the best meal…and often, which person can be the most humiliated.
Reality tv distracts Americans from their true realities. Many who have voted for The Voice or American Idol haven’t voted in a Presidential election. They become vested in the manufactured and manipulated dramas of “real” people while the actual “real” people whose decisions affect their lives, their income and their futures are often ignored.
Donald Trump is the personification of the relationship between Americans, the realities of their lives and the distraction of entertainment that keeps them from focusing on making their lives better.
Bread and Circuses have been around for millennia, the concept of distracting the masses from the truly destructive onslaught against their well being by a powerful minority using fascinating and coarse spectacles has been proven to work extraordinarily well over the years.
Donald Trump understands this and has been leveraging this consistently. He knows that as long as he can create a new distraction each day, whether he says something repugnant, purile, bigoted, etc., the offense itself is irrelevant but the distraction from things that really matter is invaluable and advantageous.
What some see as almost daily “gaffes’ are far from accidental. His campaign requires a near-daily comment that distracts the public. He’s fine if everyone in the media is debating what he’s proclaimed that day for its horribleness because it elevates his dominance and presence in the race over anyone else and it sidetracks criticisms of the outrage he spouted the day before or how wrong or hypocritical he’s been on an issue.
It is a very cynical game among typically cynical games when it comes to electoral politics. Donald Trump believes that as long as he can keep howling outrageous things multiple times a week, there can and will be no discussion on issues, the only discussion will be about him and the latest ugliness he’s spewed.
Since he knows that his support is based solely on people’s anger, frustration and prejudices, he has no need to address issues and in fact seems to see them as counterproductive to is campaign. So he needs to blot them out and try to run out the clock on the General Election, hoping his campaign of distraction can keep voters overwhelmed from thinking about the issues and what a President of his character would mean to the future of the country.
And thanks to a greedy corporate media, which has essentially been making billions of dollars of in kind contributions by giving so much free media to this cash cow for them, Trump has been having a powerful assist in his fraud of a campaign. The CEO of CBS, Les Moonves, came straight out and said, “Trump may not be good for the country but he’s good for CBS.”
These are the powerful elite that Trump wants Americans distracted from viewing clearly, the corporate worshipers of greed who are happy to participate in the destruction of this country and hundreds of millions of Americans as long as it’s provided them with big profits. Whether we look at the oil corporations, the banking corporations, the media corporations, this is the overarching reality we truly live under. The powerful and wealthy controlling so much of what happens in this country and how the public is manipulated away from doing anything about it, while they steal away more of the majority’s income and futures with no hint of conscience.
This is distraction on an even bigger scale than Trump is employing but he is a perfect example of the system that has grown so oppressive in America…and have led so many desperate and foolish victims of this corrupt system into believing that the bottle of poison they’re being handed as a “cure” by the very people how have already poisoned their lives and futures, will now make their lives all better and “Make America Great Again”.
Yes, it seems so obvious, one of the billionaire elites who have spent their lives buying politicians and legislation to benefit themselves at the expense of the majority, is not the guy who wants to change the system that has worked so well for him and brought him to the point of power and wealth that he could grab the nomination for President from one of the country’s two major parties.
Does Trump really oppose the corrupt system that has brought him to where he is? Does he want that taken away from him?
There is a light at the end of the Trump tunnel though and it’s starting to get brighter. A good way to explain it is…pizza.
With some admitted exceptions, who doesn’t love pizza? Think of your favorite pizza place or the best slice you’ve ever had. Imagine if you could have a piece today and that you were lucky enough to have a piece left over tomorrow. Now imagine that magical pizza box keeps producing another piece of pizza the next day and the day after that, on and on, day after day, week after week.
Would you start losing your appetite for your favorite pizza and perhaps start dreaming of eating a salad?
As “delicious” as Trump’s distractions have been to the media and the public over the GOP primary, they are already starting to undo the public’s appetite for distraction (apologies to Guns N’ Roses). Trump force feeds the public his hateful name calling and bigotry and has successfully gotten many to keep swallowing it but there are signs that they’re beginning to get tired of that repetitious diet.
This is the only tactic Trump has, he can’t debate issues, he is sadly uninformed on most basic issues in peoples’ lives and the scheming aspect of his character doesn’t allow for him to appear genuine or empathetic to the non-haters out there.
So Trump, with the help of the greed-gorged media, will continue to force distraction into the minds of Americans and hope he can keep people turning against each other and debating ridiculous garbage that could never come to pass in this country anyway…as long as it keeps a majority from looking at him and our corrupt systems and seeing them for what they really are. Then he and they could succeed in once again manipulating the public into voting against their own interests and willingly giving them what they want at the price of future suffering for the majority.
Trump’s Pizza Party of Distraction has been running for months now and many have been chowing down on all they can eat but you can begin to hear a rumbling in the bellies of those who are losing their appetite for more of the same and realizing that maybe they’ve had all they can swallow.