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The Mad World of Donald Trump

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Last night while my wife was flicking through the schedules for the evening’s TV viewing, the title of a late night documentary caught my eye: The mad world of Donald Trump. My interest piqued, I decided to watch it instead of my usual habit of sitting in front of the computer.

It’s a British Documentary, and while I take all all “factual” programs with a grain of salt, the program does accurately portray how most of the western world outside the US perceives both Trump and the American political system.

One thing that has struck me over the years is how many Americans seem to be looking for some sort of “messiah” in their presidential candidates, only to turn against them when they are unable to perform the miracles that had been promised. From this distance it often seems cult-like.

The documentary is currently on Youtube, but if it disappears, a search using the string “The Mad World of Donald Trump” should provide a link that you can view. For those who find the Trump phenomenon incomprehensible, or simply wish to see how much of the world sees American Politics, I recommend watching.

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Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and was diagnosed as being autistic aged sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

12 thoughts on “The Mad World of Donald Trump

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  2. Trump is a traditional demagogue made potent by an arrogance born from inherited wealth, fawned over by masses who. like rampant sports fanatics, experienced as elevated sense of self-worth by association. When he ultimately loses the election (and I speak not in certainty, but denial, as my faith in my fellow citizens to make good choices is limited, to say the least) I fully expect his followers to jeer like buffoons in stadiums, foaming at the mouth and cursing, lobbing empty beer cans and AA batteries at the victor.

  3. Politicians are just people and as such they are neither good nor bad. Rather, some of their actions are good and some of them are bad. Trump wants to expel Muslims but he also wants to bring back troops and have a more isolationist foreign policy. I am against the former and in favor of the latter. Consequently, I find the Trump phenomenon no more incomprehensible than, say, the Bernie Sanders phenomenon.

    • To the outside world, Trump comes across as a bully and to a slightly lesser degree a buffoon.

      While perhaps we can excuse Russia for electing Putin as they have only ever had autocratic leaders, the world could do without an American equivalent in the form of Trump.

      My use of the word “Messiah” in the post was deliberate as to outsiders that is how he appears to be to a significant number of Americans.

  4. In the world of international diplomacy a bully is a president who throws around his country’s muscle to intervene in foreign disputes. The only two presidential candidates who are not likely to be bullies, at least on the international stage, are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

    • The hubris of this guy, given an army and a kowtowing spineless congress, makes me reluctant to put faith in his unwillingness to flex American muscle overseas. This is a guy who labels his adversaries losers and idiots, and just yesterday said he wanted to punch a protester in the face. I fear giving him the keys to the missles, or control over the lives of our sons and daughters.

      • Wasn’t it Trump that said he’d “take out” the families of terrorists in or to win the “war”. Likewise his comments about Mexicans as being rapists, criminals and drug users should make one uneasy about he views “others”. Particularly telling was his comment that there might be a few good ones (meaning good Mexicans) but he didn’t really know. Could his so called isolationism really be a manifestation of xenophobia?

  5. For my part, I often think I would like to live at least some period of time in a parliamentary democracy, with more than two parties involved in legislation. Speaking of outsider perspectives, mine is that a multiparty system would function much more intelligently. Or perhaps that’s wishful thinking! Local politics are a great way to get involved in the change process, in any case.

    • It’s not so much having a parliamentary system so much it is the voting system. NZ was essentially a two party state until the 1980s when we changed from FFP (first passed the post) to MMP (multiple member proportional). Since then neither of the two major parties have been able to govern alone.

      What is somewhat unique about our system is that coalitions are very loose, and often the only obligation required of the minor coalition partners is to support the government in matters of confidence and supply. In return the minor parties get some of their policies supported by the government.

      For those not familiar with the parliamentary system Parliament can express a vote of no confidence in the government, which means that the government must resign, and if a new government can’t be formed, new elections must be held.

  6. Good documentary Barry – thank you. You know Trump is so wrong for the job on so many levels, be it comprehending the people to being a bridge builder – he is lacking far too many qualities to be a president. On top of that he has been supported by Putin (verbally) and called on the mat by the Pope. Some how, those two commentaries say it all.

  7. Those two commentaries do say it all, not to mention the 500,000 signature petition to the UK parliament to ban Trump’s entry to that country.

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