Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
One big problem with growing older is that everything around you seems to happen faster and faster. One day you’re complaining about the summer heat and the next day there’s just 10 more shopping days till Christmas. Life flies by. We have no say in the matter. And apparently the same is true for Presidential Elections. I mean, we just had one of those, didn’t we? President Obama beat that Mormon guy. Except for the off-year elections – which most Americans virtually ignore – all the silliness stopped. We were safe for another 4 years. All of the politicians stopped promising us high paying jobs (a promise none of them could keep) and a federal government that actually functioned (really, really unlikely to keep that one) and we all went back to worrying about gas prices.
(Side note 1: Actually, not really. The silliness got toned down a bit but never actually stopped. Turns out that politicians from both parties can be pretty darned silly anytime – even if they’re not in an election cycle.)
(Side note 2: That’s not really true, either. In reality, they act like they’re always in an election cycle.)
It’s all relative, of course. Full-on silliness has ramped up and returned with a vengeance. Somehow the calendar has fast-tracked to late summer, 2015, and all of these crazy folks are back in Iowa eating corn-dogs and other deep fried heart stoppers. Pretending that they actually like Iowa in the summertime and just love all the nasty food that they’re consuming. (I’ve always wondered who’s responsible for keeping an ample supply of Tums on hand.) The actual election is still over a year away, but “Silly Season” is in full swing. Now, just to be clear, I’m not advocating for any candidate here. In fact, I’m pretty sure I don’t like any of them. On either side. They’re all kind of loopy. For sure, there are more loopy Republicans in the “race” (17, I think) but the Democratic candidates (3 or 4?) seem just as nutty. Especially Hillary. The former Senator and Secretary of State acts like we all owe her the job, that shes the “Chosen One”. Well, that won’t fly. I don’t care how much money she has in her war chest. She ain’t Bill. And telling everyone that her little email crisis is “irrelevant” won’t fly either. Generally speaking American voters aren’t all that bright, but they’re not completely stupid. They’re smart enough to realize when someone is trying to pass themselves off as American Royalty. If she continues to act like that, she’ll lose. By a lot.
Side note 3: Sadly, you can make the case that some American voters are, in fact, completely stupid.
To be a little more specific, about 20% – 25% of them are dumber than a box of rocks. I know this because that’s the percentage of potential Primary voters the opinion polls consistently give to Donald Trump. He may never get more than that but it’s enough. Enough to win a few primaries and scare the bejesus out of mainstream Republicans. Here’s a guy who wants to deport roughly 11 million people, including children who were actually born in the United States. That, of course, would require a constitutional amendment. And billions of dollars to actually do it. So while most people thought that Mitt Romney’s “voluntary deportation” was a little nuts, Trump is literally talking about rounding up babies and sending them back to wherever their parents came from. Well that’s compassionate. And somewhere between 1 in 5 and 1 in 4 potential Republican primary voters agree with him.
Oh, what the hell. Only about 15 months to go. By November, 2016 we’ll all probably be crazy.