(Sorry, it’s politics again, but that’s the most interesting race going.)
It was just a throwaway line from a throwaway candidate. But for what seemed the umpteenth time in this 2016 presidential campaign Republican Party nominee Donald Trump allowed his undisciplined mouth to run his candidacy into the ditch of controversy just when his opponent was opening another diamond-lane opportunity for him to zoom ahead in this critical, post-convention run up to the November election.
Mr. Trump’s cryptic suggestion at a North Carolina rally yesterday concerning Mrs. Clinton’s desire to “essentially abolish the second amendment” – “By the way, if she gets to pick her (Supreme Court) judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” – is not only the latest, but the greatest example why the man should never be allowed near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come January 2017.
Trump supporters and surrogates were quick to hook their in-the-ditch candidate onto a damage control tow truck and pull him back to political safety. Dismissing the assassination interpretation as ludicrous, they spun it as him talking about second amendment people unifying to vote against Clinton ever getting the chance to nominate leftee justices in the first place.
But try as they might, there was no way to clean up the wreckage. Words and their order of utterance matter, and Trump’s suggestion that the second amendment people might have a solution to Clinton’s Supreme Court mominations was spoken ex post facto, AFTER she had won the election and began nominating justices, not before.
Even giving the New York billionaire builder the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t seriously mean what he said – again, the throwaway line excuse, or the inarticulate, he’s-not-a-politician excuse – the fact that his mind is so undisciplined, so lacking in self awareness as to not understand how his words would or could be interpreted by crazies on the fringe in this time when any mention of the second amendment is an incitement against tyrannical government, is enough in itself to disqualify him from a position that requires the utmost in just that kind of tempering trait. This isn’t a matter of being PC, telling it like it is, it’s a matter of having a fundamental capacity for critical political judgement.
Presidential? Rather than growing into the position after a successful run through the Republican primaries, Trump continues to be a walking carnival barker, just trying to coax people into his gold-fringed freak show tent. And for responsible Republicans to kid themselves into thinking this blustering editorial cartoon is worthy of the office he seeks because of some sense of party loyalty, is a testament to how far off-track the party of Lincoln has gone. Any other person in the nation who made such an inflammatory statement would be facing a criminal investigation.
That much the same could be said about the Democratic candidate in regard to her private email server while serving as Secretary of State, and in the overly fluid dynamic between her State Department and the Clinton Foundation just makes all those along the mainstream Repub-Dem axis complicit in the state of our national disrepair.
Remember, it was writer Joseph de Maistre who said, “In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve.” So good luck America, you’ve got quite a future coming your way with no one left to blame but all the rubberneckers passing just the latest political accident sitting off the side of the road.