How I feel right now is how I imagine the guy felt who was trying to figure out whether or not his buddy’s idea for a social networking site, where you “tweet” out 140 character blurbs about random stuff, was going to be a billion dollar idea or not.
“Ya bro, 140 characters! It’s gonna be huge! We should be partners!”
“Sorry my dude, I’m just not feeling it. Who in the world is gonna want to be limited to 140 characters?”
“You’re gonna regret it! One day an NBA player is going to say, ‘I just ate an amazing turkey sandwich’ and take a picture of it, and it’s gonna have like 300,000 re-tweets and 70,000 favorites.”
Who in the world is going to want to be limited to 140 characters? Turns out pretty much everybody!
I’m the type of person that is very interested in the sociopolitical dynamics that allows someone like Trump, who most people thought would have fizzled out by now, to be going stronger than ever and gaining momentum. I’m still trying to figure out human psychology, because my brain, just like yours, is a future prediction machine. That’s literally all your brain does all day long – try to predict the future. If you’re a guy, most of that grey matter is asking, “Is this gonna get me laid an hour from now? 12 hours from now? A week from now? No? Ok let’s regroup and try to get laid another way.”
But jokes aside, Trump is surprising everyone in the polls right now. Everybody’s trying to figure out why. Let’s see what we can come up with…
First, he could be a genius
I will say this about Trump, all he needs to do to be remembered as a genius is for his last words to be “I was a [cough] I was a [gasps for breath] was a… Democrat the whole time… ?” My Facebook status update on August 7th
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Just because Donald Trump looks funny, and says strange things doesn’t mean he’s not smarter than you. He could be a genius, a genius with no shame, which is the most dangerous kind of genius. A genius who says what he says, because he knows what you’re thinking, and he gambles that enough people are thinking that to get him elected.
If he becomes President, all of us who said he couldn’t will be talking about all the underlying signals and trends that show how obvious a Trump presidency was. We’ll forgive ourselves and say, “Well, if you just shift perspective based on these critical data sets, it totally makes sense.”
Or he could be The People’s Idiot
I think at least part of his popularity is the fault of modern politics, i.e. the fake focus group driven non-answers to questions we’re all used to. That robot who gets up on stage with makeup on, who’s not actually allowed to tell you the truth in the primary, because it’ll make him lose the general. Trump says, “Nope, I’m just gonna be me, and whatever happens, happens.”
He’s the epitome of an asshole, but it kinda makes it hard to be mad at the guy, when the other politicians are wearing dresses and putting on a pageant, and he’s up there doing wheelies on a Ducati.
At this point people just want someone to go into Washington and torch the place with a flamethrower, and Trump seems like the best bet. He doesn’t play by anybody’s rules, and it’s partly because he’s an asshole billionaire. He doesn’t need your money. He can’t be bought. He’s not a career politician. He’s not going to spend 50% of his time in office raising money for re-election or compromising his beliefs for re-election.
For Trump supporters, it’s like, “Ok Washington, you don’t want to listen to us? Fine, we’re going to elect an idiot who’s gonna destroy the earth. Consequences be damned!”
Ok, maybe it’s not quite like that for everybody, but supporting Trump is kind of the best way to “give the finger” to the political establishment.
Trump comes across as a guy who, if there’s aliens, he’s gonna tell you there’s aliens, because he wants to be remembered as the billionaire-president-warrior-poet who told you there was aliens. Who doesn’t want a president like that?
“Don’t worry, we’ll take our country back”
Trump is probably most famous right now for his stance on immigration and taking back America. That controversial stance is what allows what I’d call the “marginalized majority” to finally have a voice. Taking back America from whom, exactly?
“The Jews, the Blacks, the Mexicans, the Gays, and the spineless and corrupt ‘Establishment.’ All the things that are wrong with our once great nation.”
It sounds like I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. Many Americans have deep seated angst against all those groups. Ostensibly, the Jews gave us the debauchery of Hollywood1, the Blacks gave us crime, single mothers, the welfare state, and lewd music videos, the Mexicans gave us drugs and more crime and overpopulation and cost Mitt Romney the election in 2012, and the gays are gonna burn your churches down…ostensibly.
Media and popular culture have made it unpopular and taboo to think this way, so those people sort of feel bullied into silence. They can’t say those things out loud, but now they have a guy who will say it for them, with complete fearlessness. Trump is a way for them to “give the finger” to politically correct culture.
Unleash the hounds
The GOP is having its first taste of the Boko Haram effect. The very attack dogs they mobilized to sick on Obama are now turning around to their handlers and thinking, “You aren’t extreme enough.” The establishment GOP has no choice, if they play by their own rules, but to say Trump’s core supporters (the birthers, truthers, and internet trolls) aren’t really conservatives.
The GOP elite crack me up, they’ve been exploiting the Trump wing of the party for 8 years (since the black guy cheated and was elected) and now they try to say it doesn’t represent the party….well yes it does fellas, this is who you are, this is today’s GOP……. enjoy it! Yodude1, commenter on The Washington Post
After Trumps inexplicable success in the debates, the GOP has turned to attack mode. Trump is an outsider, and they want all the conservatives to know. The dogs have turned on their masters, and the masters are whipping the dogs. Don’t believe me?
I recently read an IJReview article (a super conservative propaganda website that will get mad at “Hussein Obama” for simply brushing his teeth in the morning, how dare he!) titled You’re a Fool If You’re Supporting Donald Trump (And You’re Being Exploited).
I mean, I don’t really care who conservatives vote for anymore. I left the Republican Party in 2012 and voted for Obama. So if you’re pro Trump, good for you. It’s your American right!
I was surprised to find the comments section full of IJReview readers that were Trump supporters vehemently defending him, and seeing how many likes they were getting from bystanders. I thought to myself, “The Republican party is imploding.”
Then I thought, “Well, why am I surprised? The only time I ever see an ijreview.com article get shared is when conservatives on Facebook are mad at Obama, or using Allen West as their ‘I’m not racist, here’s what my black friend said.'”
Here’s one more, just for good measure: Conservatives should stay far away from Trump’s ethnic polarization
Friends, the Republican party is imploding. I’m glad I left when I did.
You know it’s bad when…
When Trumps sphere of influence is expanding past the birthers, past the Tea Party, past the mainline evangelicals, and into the heart of evangelical dispensationalist charismatics.
I came across this article titled: Prophecy: Donald Trump Shall Become the Trumpet. It’s been shared 31,000 times on Facebook. You have to read it, you just have to!
Here’s an excerpt:
I was in a time of prayer several weeks ago when God began to speak to me concerning the destiny of Donald Trump in America. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days. Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America like never before, but you must understand that he is like a bull in a china closet. Many will want to throw him away because he will disturb their sense of peace and tranquility, but you must listen through the bantering to discover the truth that I will speak through him.
My regular readers will know that I have a big problem with manipulation in church. It’s election season, so all the “prophets” are coming out of their prayer closets.
Where were they when MH370 disappeared and the entire world was looking for the lost airplane? Where where they when 300 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, and the entire world wanted to know where they were?
They were asleep. Maybe they were relieving themselves.
But Donald Trump shoots up 10 points in the polls and they have a prophecy. Ok, whatever.
Part of me wants to register as Republican just so I can vote for Trump in the primaries to troll the Republican party (I’m an Independent), and just to see what a general election with Trump in it would look like,2 and what a twilight-zone Trump presidency would look like. I’ve always wondered if I could survive a zombie apocalypse, and Trump seems like my best shot at that real life video game.
But of course a Trump presidency would have far reaching consequences for millions and billions of lives, for decades to come, so one can’t just vote him in solely to “give the world the finger.” But I’m not sure people are thinking that far ahead, because we’ve become so jaded as Americans, that the average person just doesn’t care anymore. The comments section of any American news article will make you think we’re on the verge of another Civil War.
Trump is leading in the polls by a wide margin, even after the first debate.
It is what it is, and I can’t be mad at either side, because honestly, the people attacking Trump supporters are just as much to blame for this mess. Donald J. Trump is a sign of the times, and a wonder to behold.
Being an Independent gives me some freedom, and all the people that were mad at me for leaving the GOP have had three years to get over it, but this is the first election that I actually don’t want to tell anyone who I voted for. I want it to be and stay a secret. I won’t even rule out Donald Trump just to make my friends go “Whew, at least he’s not voting for Trump.” Not because I will vote for him, but because I might.
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News Flash: It wasn’t the Jews, it was the Mafia. Conservatives made alcohol illegal, which made the Mafia millionaires almost overnight and start to diversify their ill gotten funds in legitimate sectors like Hollywood and the music industry. All those raunchy movies that started to come out in the 20s? You can thank Prohibition for that.↩
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