Spring Break: Tales from the Bully Pulpit.

Sadly, if you take the word "space" out, those are practically quotes.

Sadly, if you take the word “space” out, those are practically quotes.

About the title of today’s post…a “bully pulpit” is a sufficiently conspicuous position that provides an opportunity to speak out and be listened to. Like, you know…your own web site.

A moment about the art..why are there so many puppies in those two panels? Easy…the puppies offset the General Evil of the rest of the two panels of content. I planned to have a third panel, but could not stomach it.

I usually try to avoid being political in the strip.

I’m also a pretty rabid proponent of Free Speech. That’s the same First Amendment that many people would like to be convenient instead of fair. It let’s Donald Trump say racist things, and be protected. It also lets me take a few paragraphs and some artwork to rant about it, and also be protected, as it is fair political opinion.

I honestly thought he would be DONE months ago, when he proposed building a wall around America to keep immigrants out. When in that same faux pas, he directly stated that he thought that Latin Americans were all criminals. To me, public opinion should have done him in, on that one alone. Bearing that in mind…we aren’t just talking about “Donald Trump running for president” anymore. Months later, he is actually a viable front runner, despite having no real policies, and generally bullying his detractors, competitors, the media, and anyone who disagrees with him.

It amazes me that he has a loyal following, but that’s the lens you look at things from living in Los Angeles. In such a metropolitan environment, with such high levels of diversity…it’s hard to envision the criteria of thought that would make him both appealing and viable to a voter. In fact, most of the “dyed in the wool” Republicans that I know blanch at his commentary, saying that Trump doesn’t represent their views or the party’s

I’ve spoken before about how Trump is running his campaign like a reality show–one where the point is winning the election, not actually being the President of the United States. Trump promises to build walls around America (hence the art), deport Hispanics (hence the art), ban Muslims (a clear First Amendment violation), “tame” China, eradicate terrorist groups, increase wages, and create millions of jobs. Some of those things not only contradict the Constitution, and Presidential power…some of them contradict the other ones on the list. Increase wages AND create jobs? How?

All of this is to “make America great again”…without a credible plan to deliver any of it. His campaign is a get-rich-quick scheme, in the fashion of shows like “Shark Tank” and “the Apprentice.”

Supporting Trump amounts to investing your hopes in a guy who bragged about the benefits of deception in “The Art of the Deal,” and whose record of lies as a candidate is a matter of day to day scrutiny. I am NOT telling you how to vote. I am just begging you to recognize this next sentence as a fact, not an opinion: Donald Trump is a habitual liar, during the campaign process. Instead of making promises that are impossible to keep, it’s a matter of record that this guy, from minute to minute, is misrepresenting himself.

Sure…maybe you’re a voter who’s frustrated with American politics. I know that I am…I feel a bit lost in a world of “leaders” who can’t get anything done, who don’t care about the circumstances of people like me and you. I get that. It’s also @#$%ing crazy to think that Donald Trump is in any way like me or you. I gripe about my grinding student loan debt all the time, and would love to be able to declare bankruptcy, as with other debts, and be rid of it. I accrued my only debt on my education…not poor business decisions.

Trump has declared bankruptcy multiple times. Make a bad decision, file bankruptcy, have some lawyers figure it out, keep going. That’s as far removed from my experience as any human can be. I actually have more in common with most politicians than I do with that mentality. If you take a closer look, I think you’ll find that Donald Trump’s presidential record is just like his actual business record: exploiting the hopes and fears of Americans by promising huge rewards, without any practical plan for delivering them.

It’s actually a whole lot like one of my close friends’ favorite things…a Ponzi Scheme. You invest in something that sounds good, and pour support in…but there’s never a product or company. Just a guy who walks away with everything that HE wanted, leaving you out of luck, and out some money.

George Clooney wrote a letter in support of Hillary Clinton, which was sent out by her campaign. While Clooney does not use Trump’s name in the letter, he does share some choice words for the New York billionaire and anyone who agrees with him on immigration and national security.

“If you listen to the loudest voices out there today, you’d think we’re a country that hates Mexicans, hates Muslims, and thinks that committing war crimes is the best way to make America great again,” Clooney writes in the letter, which was obtained by Variety. “The truth is that the only thing that would prevent America from being great would be to empower these voices.”

George Clooney was Batman, although to be fair, that film was not very good. That being said, on this day, the premiere of Batman v. Superman in movie theatres, I can at least say that I agree with George Clooney’s Batman, at least on that last sentiment. Empowering voices that operate from hatred and smallness, from distrust of their fellow man…that has to be a mistake.

I will now step down from the soapbox, True Believers.


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