Trumpery

He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow —
The Broad are too broad to define
And of “Truth” until it proclaimed him a Liar —
The Truth never flaunted a Sign –
(Emily Dickinson)

Courtesy of Dictionary.com:

trumpery
[truhm-puh-ree]

noun, plural trumperies.
1. something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff.
2. nonsense; twaddle: His usual conversation is pure trumpery.
3. Archaic. worthless finery.

adjective
4. of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy.

The Republican Party is, apparently, on the verge of panic. Their problem is that in the latest polls, Donald Trump has once again surged to a commanding lead, to the point where his support now stands at 35.1%, just 2.8% short of the combined sum of support garnered by his three closest challengers (Carson, Rubio, and Cruz) who stand at 13.9%, 12.6%, and 11.4%, resp. The result is that the establishment G.O.P. is finding itself out in the cold, a long way from even the barest hint of a warming fire. They realize, in other words, that if the Presidential race comes down to a contest between the likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and their own Donald Trump, it’s pretty much all over but the shouting; the next President elect will be a woman, a Democrat — and who knows the consequences of the size of her wake in re Senate and House contests.

Their fears are clearly well-founded, although it’s extremely doubtful that Cruz or Rubio would change the dynamic all that much. The only close-to-genuine “establishment” Republicans in the mix are Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and maybe John Kasich, but with their support currently clocking in at 5.8%, 3.1%, and 3.1% resp., combined they barely outpace fourth place Ted Cruz’s current 11.4% — hardly room for any optimism.

Along those lines, then, here are a handful of comments from different Mass Media sources — each and all of which are specifically directed at Trump, but which can also be used to reasonably describe most any of the currently visible Republican candidates AND the G.O.P. Establishment’s legitimate electoral concerns.

First, from the Washington Post Danielle Allen writes:

The shenanigan king of casino land has a genius for one thing only: branding things with one word slogans. “Loser.” “Moron.” “Trump.” He attributes the bulk of his wealth to the brand of his name, and Forbes confirms that he’s prospered through his casino corporate bankruptcies because it would have been too costly for his creditors to rebrand the gambling houses. Of his many corporate bankruptcies, he says, “Basically I’ve used the laws of the country to my advantage and to other people’s advantage.”

Also from the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker:

Donald Trump, insulter extraordinaire, was bound to cross a line too far. Two days before Thanksgiving, he made many people feel nostalgic for the merely obnoxious Trump when he mocked a reporter with a physical disability, displaying a level of cruelty and meanness heretofore only suspected. . . .

Trump’s display was reminiscent of Rush Limbaugh’s similar mockery of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease. Like Limbaugh, who accused the actor of exaggerating his symptoms for effect (yeah, playing Parkinson’s is tons of fun), Trump has argued that Kovaleski, who writes for the New York Times, is using his affliction to grandstand. . . .

It is hard for many, including yours truly, to fathom Trump’s success as a presidential candidate. What sort of people abide — even applaud — a man with such a gargantuan ego whose sole accomplishment is having made a bundle of money with lots of help from strategic bankruptcies and a rather lavish loan from his father? . . .

 He’s the ultimate personification of a variety of vices (greed, intemperance, gluttony, wrath, pride) that we have embraced as a culture with the certitude of the forgiven — or of the be-damned, anyway.

From the Miami Herald and Leonard Pitts, Jr.:

Over the course of just two days last weekend, Donald Trump spewed bigotry, venom and absurdity like a sewer pipe, spewed it with such utter disregard for decency and factuality that it was difficult to know what to criticize first.

Shall we condemn him for retweeting a racist graphic on Sunday filled with wildly inaccurate statistics from a non-existent source (“Whites killed by blacks — 81 percent”)?

Or shall we hammer him for tacitly encouraging violence when an African-American protester was beaten up at a Trump rally in Birmingham on Saturday? “Maybe he should have been roughed up,” Trump told Fox “News.”

. . .

Trump is a whack-a-mole of the asinine and the repugnant. Or, as a person dubbed “snarkin pie” noted on Twitter: “Basically, Trump is what would happen if the comments section became a human and ran for president.”

Keeping the customer satisfied, giving the people what they want, is the fundament of sound business. More effectively than anyone in recent memory, Trump has transferred that principle to politics. Problem is, it turns out that what a large portion of the Republican faithful wants is racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, the validation of unrealistic fears and the promise of quick fixes to complex problems.

And finally from MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell summarizes Donald Trump’s impact:  ‘He’s Turning People Against People’

But it’s not only that that didn’t happen, “200,000 Syrian refugees are coming.” It’s not only that the facts are wrong. It’s that what he is saying is so emotionally and, you know, politically powerful. He is lighting fires. He is turning people against people. He is misstating the facts of what’s happening domestically, what’s happening with Muslims. The kinds of facts that he is misstating are so . . . Inciendary . . . . Because he pays no price for it with his supporters.

So that’s a quick summary as to how corners of the mass media view Donald Trump, and likely how the G.O.P. Establishment sees him as well. Still, however, the burning questions remain: is Trump different from the rest of the Republican candidate field? Does Trump’s “Trumpery” stand apart from the entire of the Republican Party?

A:  NO, and NO!

Just over two years ago — well before the current G.O.P. candidate list showed up — I offered here my own attempted summary of the essence, the policies of the G.O.P. Establishment as well as of the various other factions of said Republican Party, including it’s overall governing philosophies, its fundamentalist basis, its goals. I titled the post SALIGIA et GOP, and if it clarifies anything at all, it’s that today’s “Trumpery” descriptori.e. something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff . . . nonsense . . . worthless finery . . . of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy — defines the entire of the G.O.P. candidate slate and NOT just the one little egomaniacal pelt-coiffed tidbit that currently sits atop the popularity polls!

In the final analysis, therefore, it’s clearly not fair to besmirch only Donald Trump, as he is clearly not alone in the Trumpery department. Still, he has managed to brilliantly clarify the hate, fear, and greed politic that has come to define Republicans everywhere, so, on behalf of the G.O.P. Establishment and all or their sympathetic minions, here’s a big and well-deserved YeeHaw! to their very own MASTER of Trumpery . . .

THE DONALD!!

because

his usual conversation is pure trumpery . . .

A.K.A.

instruction in the fine art of spreading rubbish; trash; and worthless stuff!!

Or maybe, via an alternate ‘view,’ all hail to . . .

The Donny Llama e

The Donny Llama?

(Offered with sincere apologies to llamas everywhere)

******

Simplicity fled from his counterfeit presence
As Gold the Pyrites would shun —
What confusion would cover the innocent Jesus
To meet so enabled a Man!
(Emily Dickinson)

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How Frugal is the Chariot That bears the Human soul. (Emily Dickinson)
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