Today, I witnessed another Donald J Trump infomercial as Ben Carson throws his support behind him for the Presidency. Well, ‘politics make strange bedfellows’; what possibly could bring these two unlikely characters together – a devout Christian, and a racist demagogue – is equal to a Catholic priest and child molester teaming up to a build an orphanage for young boys.
Mr. Carson, a savior of souls and Mr. Trump are now both committed to ‘Saving America’, and ‘Making America White Again’, neither have the gravitas, temperament, attitude, or an understanding of world politic to become President. Moreover, Mr. Carson demonization of President Obama, has not won him any favors with the Black electorate for his condescending rhetoric which would serve him well in the Trump camp. Ben has lost his credibility with the evangelical following – to endorse the same man who referred to him as a pathological liar; the same as a pedophile – who now perceives him as just as an opportunist and a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Carson claimed to have prayed about this decision to join Trump’s campaign and it was sanctioned by a higher power. Now, that is certainly misleading. I would not call it a lie, since it is unverifiable. Carson has obviously sacrifice his sacred principles for a gig on the Trump ticket to stay relevant in politics, after his inept campaign for the Presidency. Trump mentioned Carson in the press conference as a possible policy expert on education and healthcare. A man who deemed Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act as modern-day slavery, and is an ardent proponent of charter schools, home schooling and elimination public schools. Not really a candidate with interest in providing education and healthcare to everyone in our society.
Apparently, some members of the Republican Party are coalescing behind Trump – if you cannot beat him join him – but the establishment is adamant to stop him at all cost, whatever it takes. Trump has successfully exposed the hypocrisy of the party. The Republicans have perfected the art of ‘dog whistling’, a strategy of communication that sends a message that the general population will take a certain meaning from, but a certain group that is ‘in the know’ will take away the secret, intended message, often involves code words. For example, Republicans say ‘school choice’ which is really an effort to cut back on public schools; when Romney states 47% of the electorate are takers, which really means Black people do not want to work and depends on the Government for handouts; and my favorite, ‘tax cuts’, which means the less money paid to Government, the less services to be provided and the rich get richer.
The stalwarts of the Republican party have a history of the rhetoric that Donald Trump advocates on immigration; Mexicans, Blacks and women. Maybe, he did not get memo, or miss the meeting on confusing the public.
I predicted the fall of Trump back in the summer of 2015, but to my surprise, he is still going strong with more and more people flocking to his rallies; like onlookers to a terrible accident. The Trump’s show is full of exaggerated emotional behavior done for show or to get a reaction, ignoring the dignity or good taste of a Presidential candidate; this offensive display must come to an end. I cannot believe this is what the people want. But the crowd also wanted Barabbas.