Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dialogue of the Self in Modern Times


Q. Is Donald Trump crude, and coarse, and pompous?

A. Indubitably.

Q. But we knew that about him already, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. So what is “new” in regard to a tape of his crude and coarse remarks made in 2005?

A. Nothing.

Q. So how can the left [sc. the Democrats and their camp-followers] claim this development as “news”?

A. They can’t. But that doesn’t stop them from doing it anyway, since they see a political advantage. 

Q. And just what is the political advantage they see?

A. That they can trumpet [pun intended] how crude, and coarse, and pompous Mr. Trump is.

Q. Wait — we already knew that, right? [See first question.]

A. Right. Just as we already knew that former President Clinton used his position to exploit women, and on occasion to assault, batter and even rape them -- with no fear of reprisal.

Q. So what possible advantage can they gain from raising as “new” something that everyone already knew, and that is hypocritical of them to boot?

A. Ah, now you’ve gotten to the heart of the matter.

Q. I have?

A. Yes. The God of PC [Political Correctness] demands from His devotees incessant sacrifices of the same thing over and over again. Thus the left can once more (ad nauseam) profess and show how much they adore their God of PC: they kneel and prostrate themselves before His altar, but are careful to offer only their political opponents (and never one of their own) for sacrifice. Those on the right, on the other hand, are left [pun intended] — with a quandary.

Q. What quandary?

A. They don’t relish worshiping the God of PC — but they will, and will sacrifice even their own chosen candidate if that’s what it takes to get themselves re-elected. And that’s why so many of the right have chosen this particular moment to abandon their previous [albeit lukewarm] support of Mr. Trump.

Q. And just where does that leave Mr. Trump?

A. Just where you now find him: gazing in the pool, admiring his own reflection, and not caring a fig for what anyone else may think -- all the while that his erstwhile “supporters” desert him in droves. 

Q. That’s not a very pretty picture.

A. It’s not. But politics is never pretty. If you wanted Mother Teresa for a candidate, you could never have gotten her, because half (or more) of the electorate would have rejected her just for what she stood for, namely the welfare of everyone else but herself. The majority of those motivated to go to the polls today ask only: "What will this (or that) candidate do for me?"

Q. Well, even if that's so, what's wrong with that? Shouldn't they vote based on which candidate can deliver the most for them?

A. That approach renders them incapable of placing themselves in anyone’s shoes but their own. Consequently they end up with candidates whose vision likewise cannot extend beyond their own selves, e.g., Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In short, they get just those whom they have asked for, and whom they certainly deserve.


  1. We currently have a presidential election choice, essentially, between two Democrats. I'll vote for the non-female one this time because I know what I'm getting with her and I do not like it. The constant rhetoric and lifelong ambitions of HRC and Billy Boy are tiring me out. However, we can go to the ballot box and try out another team this time around. Although, it seems quite possible that the political groupies in both parties will seal an HRC presidency. I might be fooling myself into thinking that my vote will count. Regardless, I think it would be great if she were crushed at the ballot box!

    PS AH & Myfawnwy: Regarding the last posts, the Dallas Fed & St Feds have twitter accounts and post lots of interesting graphs and articles in case you're ever interested. My husband and I have attended a few of the Dallas Fed (Houston Branch) events and speeches on economic policy matters which are always interesting. Also, How to Lie With Statistics is one of my favorite books; it was required reading for my statistics coursework.

  2. Marvelous!!! Brilliant piece of work!!!

    What a miserable thing we have managed to produce. Two people, each of whom is worse than the other, are prepared to destroy the Republic via Executive Orders and the insane desire to regulate activities down to and including rest-room rules and etiquette.
    El Gringo Viejo

  3. My absentee ballot is still sitting in front of me on my desk as I post this. I had to wait until last night's debate before filling it out. This whole process is one of the more odious tasks I have had to carry out in recent memory.
    I have a personal like and respect for Hillary's presence and intelligence, and have had for many years. If I were interviewing the two candidates to hire them, she would have come out the winner. Frankly, she is very good at making Mr. Trump look like an idiot. She has also been honest about her support of Planned Parenthood and her agenda for the Supreme Court, which I greatly appreciate. I don't have to guess what she thinks on those issues.
    This is the ONE and ONLY reason why I am voting for Trump. I Cannot vote for a candidate that is not pro-life.