Trump: The gold-leafed plastic flamingo

Monument to Trump’s Make Atlantic City Great Again fail. The sculptor was never paid and it’s too heavy to move. 

I was watching “Trump, An American Dream” on Netflix. The episode about his manic casino building in Atlantic City was interesting, because there is young Donald, bragging about how his will be the greatest and will turn Atlantic City from a decaying glitz belt into a thriving and prosperous city. Gee, did that work?

No. All the overpriced gold-covered kitsch just looks sad and tacky now. The casinos went belly up, contractors were not paid and now the absurd structures house stray cats and crows. Yet he still brags about what a great business man he is-no surprise there, he’s been bragging BS all his life. It’s just surprising to me that anyone still believes him. It’s all a gold-leafed plastic flamingo, folks. Make America great again? Even that’s not original; both Reagan and Clinton used the phrase.

He got elected because even good, smart people can be conned. And because Americans were angry at the warmongering, elitist, corporate puppets who opposed him. They wanted change and grasped at the possibility, at least, that Trump could bring it. “At least he says what’s on his mind,” some friends pointed out. That’s true; kind of like a three year-old blurting out nonsense to get attention from the grownups.

We know our political system needs reform. But the ones who should reform it are the ones benefiting from it’s brokenness, so that looks like a long, hard slog, doesn’t it? Yet we can do better, not by electing a savior, but by many of us doing our little part. Not by bloody revolution, but by constant pressure to do the right thing.

As Lao Tzu said, Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”

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