Friday, September 18, 2015

The View From Up There

The Trump has this to say about our country: "It's disgusting what's happening to our country." The country he is referencing is ours, after all, so why don't I agree with him? Maybe it's because my relatives, somewhere up the chain, were immigrants. They came to this country as huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. And breathe they did, for several generations until they started to look and sound more like Americans instead of those huddled masses with silly accents.
Appearances, it would seem, are everything. And those appearances, from high atop Trump Tower, are that the United States has become "a dumping ground for the rest of the world." His Donaldness when on to decry to an audience in Texas, "You people are suffering. I'm in New York, but they're in New York too. They're all over the place." It's getting so you can't go anywhere in these United States without bumping into someone from another country. Unless you happen to be visiting a Native American reservation.
Oh, I get it. He's not talking about those of us who did it "the right way." The legal way. The way that his ancestors did. The ones that crawled ashore millions of years ago and eventually spawned arms and legs and whatever it is on top of his head to become the Front Runnix Repbulicanus. Walking mostly upright and using an especially evolved mouth and tongue to subdue his prey. "Sometimes he puts his foot in his mouth, just like everybody," said Barbara Tomasino, a sixty-five-year-old retired elementary school librarian from Plano, Texas "If he gets elected, he might need to tone it down a little bit." 
Then again, if he gets elected, maybe he'll just wind up and spread the vitriol a little more thickly. Pretty soon, he'll just start making fun of people's looks just on general principle. Oops. Spoke too son. That's already happened. "Look at that face!" he cried as a photo of fellow Republican hopeful Carly Fiorina was shown. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!" The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. "I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
We are serious. Like a heart attack serious. This is what will "make America great again?" Mister Trump and I do agree on one thing: It's disgusting what's happening to our country. Specifically around the front-runner of the GOP nomination.

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