Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Last Laugh

Apparently the rest of the world is laughing at us. I know this, because Donald Trump, Patriot, has been giving interviews to any and all news outlets that will listen. Loudly, repetitively, the Donald has banged the "foreigners are mocking us" drum until he's red (redder) in the face.

Setting aside that one of our country's strongest national traits has always been a complete indifference to what any other country thinks about us (feel free to chant "USA, USA, USA" at any point during the remainder of this post), is it possible that Trump is right?

Well, even a blind squirrel with a bad rug stumbles on an acorn occasionally.

We are being laughed at--but not for the reason Trump believes. See La Donna (as the peasants of Umbria call him), thinks we're being mocked because our president is weak, and if only we had a strong leader, someone like IL Trumpo, then the mocking would stop immediately.

The truth is that as long as a bunch of easily misled simpletons like the Tea Party can scare allegedly serious politicians into doing the bidding not of the American people, but of a few amoral billionaires, the laughter from abroad will only continue. As long as Fox News broadcasts lies and distortions nightly with relative impunity; as long as a majority of the Supreme Court believes corporations should have all of the privileges of citizens--but none of the responsibilities of citizenship; as long as Glen Beck is treated as a serious journalist--and not as the circus geek he is; as long as people like Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Paul Ryan and the rest of that gang of fools, thieves, and grifters masquerading as a political party is given any credence at all, the laughter will only increase.

The rest of the world wonders why our financial institutions, which caused the world wide recession, continue to avoid regulation, let alone prosecution. Why we worry so much about what should be personal issues, like abortion, drugs, religion, and sexuality. Why we can't even agree to guarantee basic health care for all of our citizens. Why anyone in his right mind would consider Donald Trump a viable candidate for president of anything other than a restricted country club.

Yeah Don, they are laughing. But not at Obama.

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