Comedian and actor Jerry Lewis has been around for a long time, and the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon he founded for decades.
A theme that came to be associated with the telethon call for contributions was “Do it for Jerry’s kids”.
I have no idea how many people donated over the years or how much was given, but I did know a couple with a dystrophic child who had nothing but praise for Lewis and the MDA for the care and help they had provided, and I’m willing to take their word for it.
A current administrational theme seems to be “Do it for Donald’s kids” as a blatant nepotism fills the halls of government – might be different if any of the brood actually had experience, but they don’t, and it becomes something of an infestation like the one NYC experienced a few years ago concerning bedbugs.
Yet the public is expected to do it for Trump’s kids with a smiling acceptance and overlook the shortcomings and motivations.
It’s taken a long time for the public to arrive at a point where they’re beginning to have enough of the Clintons, significantly less than that for a comparable sentiment to grow related to the current dynasty seekers.
This egregious in your face nepotism became a topic of discussion between myself and a Trumpkin.
They attempted to make the argument as did daddy’s boy Eric Trump that nepotism is a part of life and therefore entirely acceptable.
Thinking they were firing a salvo it would be impossible to overcome they with a smug look of gotcha brought up Robert Kennedy, the brother of then president JFK and his appointment as USAG.
The look faded when I informed them Bobby Kennedy had a long history as a prosecutor and had effectively focused on organized crime prior to his appointment, which meant nepotism or no he was more than adequately qualified for the position.
Even more to the point Robert Kennedy had actually read the Constitution, understood it, and in a variety of instances championed the rights of people in accordance with it’s precepts – that if they’d actually taken a few minutes to do a little fact checking rather than rely on sound bites and snippets they would have known this.
Had Bobby Kennedy not been assassinated, secured his parties nomination for the presidency, and gone on to win I believe the nation as a whole would have benefited from that.
Ronald Reagan, who in their innermost dreams and aspirations Republican politicians long to be equated to, once likened politics to the “world’s oldest profession (prostitution) – a comparison I believe has become increasingly obvious.
This meme about Trump as an icon of business acumen amounts to little more than smoke and mirrors – there is nothing astute about filing bankruptcy multiple times,“settling” out of court and paying fines, nor hiding your tax returns.
A history of bankruptcy carries with it the possibility of bankrupting the nation – an association that includes a history of commiserating with shadowy figures won’t lend itself to boom times and national solvency.
Nor will prostituting the ethical standards of governance by installing out of touch, unqualified children merely because you believe you can.
The smack downs are slowly taking place – people are beginning to raise hell about a number of things.
Things like Michael Flynn that led to his departure, Steve Bannon being demoted, Devin Nunes exposing his running interference for the WH and having to step aside, Jeff Sessions having to recuse himself from investigations related to Russian campaign interference, and Paul Ryan seemingly being positioned as the fall guy for Trump’s trumped up healthcare reform.
Maybe a Trump supporter can summon up a fact or two to post a comment explaining these things, maybe they can at the same time defend the Trump brand of nepotism for fun and profit and while they’re at it present a coherent argument why a single one of Trump’s brood should be given a security clearance allowing access to intel briefings and a seat in committees, or anything other a visitors pass to the WH?
An onerous task perhaps because the make America great and fake news bullshit isn’t going to fly – at least not on this blog.