Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mafioso Braggadocio

I have heard that there are a number of people out there who are still thrilled that they have a "President" who says whatever it is that is on his mind. No matter that it is often ill-conceived or less than thought out and sometimes just straight up lies, it still makes a certain faction of our populace happy to hear him spout off. Like when he's yukking it up about needing some of that so-called global warming while portions of the country are experiencing blizzard conditions and subzero temperatures or complaining about how poorly he is treated by the press when he has a whole television network devoted to slavishly defending his every utterance. Except Chris Wallace. Get with it, man!
Then there are the folks at Breitbart News. You may remember them as the folks who rank somewhere to the right of Glenn Beck's horror show. The "President" told these folks, “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.” And if you're not familiar with this particular version of the veiled threat, think cellophane. If he doesn't get his way, he's not saying that there would be "trouble," but you know, hey, some people, you know, you just don't wanna push 'em too hard, you know?
"You got a nice country here," says the "President" as he wanders through, fingering the delicate items just short of tipping them over to make them come crashing to the ground. "It would be a shame if anything were to happen to it." A big flourish to straighten his overly long red tie then, "I'm just saying some people, you know, they've got a temper. And when they don't like the way things are going they might want to step in and make sure that things go, you know, a certain way."
The "President" is one of the very few people who watch the movie Road House and think that Ben Gazzara's character is the hero. In so many ways, Brad Wesley is currently residing in the White House. If you are unfamiliar with the film and its lasting contribution to American cinema, please take a couple hours to take in what will perhaps prepare you for living in the Trump regime. From maintaining his Cabinet to his deal-making capacity.
Now if only Dalton were here to tell us when it was time to stop being nice.

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