“It was just a suggestion” (so Muslims can stay after all?) “There’s nothing to learn from them” (Mitt, among others, knows you are probably not so rich as you brag you are). In an earlier age Thomas Aquinas wrote a treatise “against the murmurers.” I know he would be very disappointed with our presumptive Republican’s sorry decline and fall from thundering to murmuring. It’s great to have the spotlight all the time, except when it’s not, and you gotta mutter and murmur, which does not come naturally to a fellow who is used to yelling insult comedy routines.
I was starting to be skeptical that greatness was really bulging out of the Mannish-Boy’s wherever, so much greatness that…but now it does not even matter, with the fantastic game-changing news that Hillary, unlike the usurper alien president who thought it was just a joke, is totally a UFO person (according to the NY Times), or more properly UAP person (new nomenclature, got it). I can now vote happily.
It’s been a remarkable stampede today as America’s creditors around the world compete to see who can offer to take the biggest haircuts on Treasuries. Presumptive Trump seems to have implied that 10 or 15% would show sufficient respect, but some “very large, very beautiful” bondholders have declared themselves eager to go beyond that and accept negative interest rates of 3% or more on short-term notes. It all goes to show Trump’s powers of persuasion are far more powerful than reason or logic.
Today in the NY Times, Donald Trump assures us “I’m not running for president to make things unstable for the country.” Could’ve fooled me. To paraphrase old Mayor Daley of Chicago, maybe Trump is not here to create disorder, he’s here to preserve disorder. But that would be the best I could say about him.
Now he tells us! Trump wants us all to realize he will be such a prudent prince that we will get tired of all his prudence. This is about 24 hours after letting us know we should shun Ted Cruz because Cruz’s father was somehow responsible for killing JFK? Was that so?
What next? Will Trump–who has paid little or no attention so far to the themes of “liberty” and “freedom”–now persuade that he is the one to deliver us into a land overflowing with wonderful opportunities? Those now enamored of Trumpistan might wish to heed the warning in Two Peter Two, that’s 2 Peter 2, verse 19: “while they promise them freedom, they are themselves slaves of depravity.”
Some say Hillary Clinton’s campaign has lacked a convincing theme. But she has an unusual opportunity to take the moral high ground on “liberty” away from Republicans, who have specialized for decades now in claiming to voters that they are the only resolute defenders of freedom. May I propose an anti-“Casino Mussolini” message: an ominous voice reading 2 Peter 2:19 with Trump’s snarling face onscreen, followed by a selection of depraved, authoritarian, self-serving boasts straight out of Trump’s mouth. Limited government would not come naturally to a President Trump, and all truly conservative-minded people already sense this. Hillary has an unusual opportunity now, and she would be well served to seize the high ground on freedom and liberty (as opportunity to flourish and prosper) while she can.
Update: I apologize for saying Trump has ignored freedom. He now apparently says the United States under President Trump would be free to renogotiate the national debt. An excellent idea, with no negative consequences at all, as U.S. bond buyers around the world surely appreciate that America’s renewed greatness is worth a haircut of at least 15%–to show Trump proper respect.