Here, it’s Trump. Who’s in the Phl? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 11:42

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BY BOB JALDON

San Jose, CA. — No one saw him coming — not TIME, CNN, Foxnews, New York Times, Washington Post. No nobody saw an “outsider” taking the Republican nomination by storm. The billionaire with a golden top and a touch of gold for business has reached the pinnacle of his successes with the withdrawal of two of the last remaining contestants, the brick wall to his craggy road to the White House — if he gets there in November.

Two years ago, the big names in the Republican Party were flaunted: Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry, to mention a few. They all got bulldozed by the prosaic, cold hearted, oftentimes insensitive New Yorker who defied all odds. He took the states one at a time using his own resources and his forceful slogan that resonated throughout the land: “America will be great again.”

He didn’t have the moneyed backers, the superdelegates or Wall Street covering his six. They all wanted to expurgate him from the Republican presidential race, labeling him as an advocate of the Democratic party. It is said that only the irrational would vote for him because of his ugly mouth.

Mr. Trump must have had an illusion, or delusion, that someday he would be president. This rough-grained egoistic individual whose wealth extends from east to west is larger than life for the phenomenon he has contrived as large masses of disgusted and angry Republicans follow his lead even though they don’t really believe in him.

His program of government is unclear. He generalizes his priorities, i.e. to  build a wall to separate the U.S. from Mexico; to stop ISIS without saying how; to stop the egress of U.S. companies to Mexico, China or elsewhere, thus creating more jobs locally; stop the rising national debt of over $19 trillion. The Democrats are urging him to itemize his program of government — something he has trouble doing. A Republican president once said: “A farce or a comedy is best played. A tragedy is best read at home.”

No, Mr. Trump ain’t a farce nor a comedian. He is a serious force that has charged his way into unknown territory, dispatching his wife, daughter and thousands of staffers to run his perky campaign that has awed even the indifferent, the uncommitted, the disengaged elite.

His candor about issues on women, illegals and even his own fellow Republicans has earned him negative reviews, but somehow the people are petrified by his marvelous rise to political recognition. Maybe, it’s his weird hairdo.

He ran the whole gamut of his elaborate campaign from A-Z. Elephantine. Kin Hubbard said: “A grouch escapes so many little annoyances that it almost pays to be one.” The 16 other Republican presidentiables should have known better.

Incidentally, if the trend doesn’t change, Rodrido Duterte, the man who came in from the south, will be the next president of the Democratic Republic of the Philippines. And the next vice president will come from the north.