Act slightly less crazily to inspire young people to change our world. Choosing between Donald Trump and Democrats is the same thing, noted the wag. But one side is slightly less deranged. I have to check which, but the distinction is crucial. Don’t vote for the worse one unless we want to turn America into a mental hospital. It’d at least seem more official.
As with 2016, there are more choices than the two. Loathing Hillary doesn’t make you a Trump fan by default, or at least shouldn’t. Somewhere during the voyage to Insane City, the collective decided you have to be in favor of either wading in the swamp or the guy who boasted he’d drain it without ever bothering. Any political move leads to greater debt without buying anything. Now, choices are reduced to only two options in a country with 73 snarky fast food Twitter accounts.
The return to Manichaeism is an attempt to justify choosing one of two crummy paths. Treating opponents like Hitler-hugging straw users is how contemporary political fans justify their lousy allegiances. Are you telling me this is the same party that doesn’t understand economic incentives? Slander is a lame replacement.
Republicans are so tired of being told they’re rapist-enabling woman-haters that they’ll vote for Trump. Telling them they’re pro-sick kids not wanting this stupid government in charge of insurance may not produce the desired effect, either.
Seeing Democrats eat human babies at hearings is the best case for Republicans. That’s not much. Forget doing anything useful like facing an entitlement crisis that’s going to consume us all on a bipartisan basis. Lunacy from the other side enables the party with the presidency to get away with being as foolish as he’d like.
Those who claim to hold Trump accountable instead let him ramble as he pleases. His ability to be less insane by comparison doesn’t mean you have to don a red hat with the cheapest lettering possible. Hasn’t the president heard of New Era?
Relying on foes acting like mental patients is a poor substitute for being useful on their own. In fact, demonstrated madness allows the semi-ruling party to get away with replicating the worst ideas from their insane counterparts. Now, Jekylls Hyde up our economic future with tariffs and unconscionable spending. The Bizarro Bill Clinton is preempting Democratic policy goals in the worst manner. It’s going to get pricey.
The president is known for never bothering to learn decorum. Ranting in the Port Authority and throwing shoes at buses is now presidential. Lunacy is portrayed as beneficial because such baffling actions provoke even worse.
A pouting president’s critics join in to demonstrate they can manage even more velocity. Nobody watching can distinguish which mental patient is the one who came up with the swell scheme. Trump’s ability to make anyone he’s facing seem even more unbalanced is one of self-survival. But it doesn’t help everyone else much.
Trump made same case in 2016, namely that the option in question is undignified and coarse and unprincipled and fundamentally ignorant and insulting and boastful and an inveterate liar and the opposite of clever and lousy at business and… well, the list could cause endless scrolling. The difference is that he’s now president. The lady he defeated is not, as he notes on the hour. Preventing someone potentially more loathsome from sitting behind the nation’s fanciest desk is a selling point in its way. But it’d be nice to have someone who is more than not someone else.
Donald Trump is not Hillary. He will also not be the person he’s running against next as a matter of natural fact. Most of a term we’d generously label unconventional has been spent announcing who’s not in office, which is a nice break from the reminder that there’s no way Russians tricked us into voting how they wanted.
I wish there was more to offer the public than semi-proof of literacy. Rabid fans are thrilled because of his ability to pick judges off a list in a way that’s technically pleasing to National Review’s editorial board. But a true Republican should be reducing their importance in our lives, especially one who claims to be a radical cool dude upending the system.
But there’s little chance at progress when alleged fans apologize for what are supposedly his virtues. Being rude and obnoxious is considered impolite in some cultures, so the president should be aware he may have to deploy more than sassy attitude while abroad.
The point of business is there are always multiple choices. By contrast, politics features a regrettable one where one side is living in a dumpster while the other merely enjoys snacking on trash.
Government is wholly unlike the private sector, which is why normal people want nothing more than to be left alone. That’s except to a president who’s spent his life rent-seeking, whose approach to problem-solving resembles his business approach in a way he’d prefer you don’t notice. Some would cheer while explaining why tariffs are fantastic, anyway.