Saturday, March 19, 2016

Making America Grate Again

"Come with me or there will be...trouble." These are the words Robocop intones to one of the perps to whom he is about to dish out a big steaming bowl of justice. You remember Robocop, the cybernetically engineered law enforcement officer of the future, dealing with the worst that recession-crushed Detroit has to offer. Part man. Part machine. All cop. Back in 1987, those of us in the know looked on at the stylized violence of the original film with a smirk. It was social satire, punctuated by tongue-in-cheek parody commercials depicting a world completely out of touch with what put us in this dystopian nightmare to begin with. The punch line was that with all that machinery surrounding him, it was the man that made the machine, and in the end it was that humanity that saved the day.

Nearly thirty years later, RoboTrump threatens to make America "great" again. I wonder what part of this candidate is still human, or if there was ever a part of him that truly was. Which may explain his response to the suggestion that the party for which he is currently running might not give him the nomination that he has so righteously earned: "We'd have riots." This is what Trumpder  told CNN "Newsday" Wednesday morning. "The really big story is how many people are voting in these primaries," and he says "if you just disenfranchise these people, I think you would have problems like you've never seen before." To sum up, borrowing from another eighties film:
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
Come with me or there will be trouble. Yeesh.

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