Friday, 13 May 2016

The Blame for Trump Being Where He Is

In recent days, I've seen a couple of people try to analyze and provide some logic on how we reach a point where Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, makes sense and attracts votes.  If I may.....I'll offer five observations:

1.  For at thirty years, we've been told that America is "broke".  We've been requested to vote Republican or Democrat (both parties have done it) to fix the "broke" problem.  We've been told this by intellectuals and journalists....to such a degree, that we actually now believe the nation is broke, and we also have reached some mental stage of assuming that regular political figures from both parties.....are unable to fix this "broke" issue.  Whether Trump can fix this "broke" is irreverent and not part of the discussion.  We've simply assumed that normal candidates can't fix it.

2.  Across the Republican Party at present, it's the weakest period in recent history for anyone to be in the public eye and not be seen as a positive candidate.  Across the nation.....most people who identify as a Republican.....laugh over their options.....even if it's fifteen different characters.

3.  We got use to executive action being normal (under some degree of Bush, but to a significant degree under Obama).  So Trump's behavior doesn't bother us.

4.  The news media gave President Obama a free ticket over really checking out his background.  So, now in this present stage....no one really believes the news media when they do attempt to check out Trump's background.  Unless they find out he shot some grandmother forty years ago, or had a personal relationship with Saddam.....I don't think anyone really cares about Trump's history.

5.  Reality TV equals reality politics.  We got used to it.

Please note.....I'm not much of a Trump enthusiast and I just don't see much quality across the whole spectrum this time for candidates from any party.  It is surprising that Jeb Bush had $300 million to spend, and won not a single primary.....and that Bernie Saunders really perked up the college-age youth vote.....but frankly, there's nothing special about this election in terms of core platforms.  It's like watching an episode of Amish Mafia and just assuming it's all factual and enjoyable.

The Phone Story

There was a fair sized article on Fox News today about Hillary and the secure phone.

For those who've never used a secure phone.....it's an interesting experience.  I spent roughly twenty years of my life.....connected to the phone.  At one point.....I actually had one on my desk for five years.

Hillary's chief whine about not wanting to use it.....and go use just a regular phone....to talk sensitive or classified matters?  This is mostly about the pitch and static in the background.

Well, yeah.....that's what you get with the secure phone.

In the early 1980s....the only choice of phone was the STU-II.  If you wanted to rate the ability to hear and grasp the conversation.....on a scale of one to ten.....it was probably a '5' at best.  The guy could have been sitting fifty feet away, and it still didn't matter.  The talker had to speak clearly and distinctively.....without any funny accent.....and at a very slow speed.

I had to sit one day and react to a request, and the guy had a fast-paced dialect, and a deep southern accent.  I probably had him repeat everything he said.....at least three times.

In the late 1980s.....they came out with the STU-III.  Things improved (well....anything would be an improvement).  I'd rate the ability to hear and grasp the conversation.....on a call of one to ten.....near a '7'.  But this depended greatly on the line, and you could still have some guy calling from some installation or location where the lines were crappy (like Italy for example).

So I look at Hillary and this whole secure phone problem of hers, and understand the negativity.  The sad thing about her choice here....is that a dozen-odd countries were probably listening in and got her entire conversation.

If you voted into office as President?  My guess is that she'd toss out the secure phones and just use regular phones.  Maybe that's a negative.....maybe it doesn't really matter.  She might even go and toss the red-phone on the desk that connects to Putin.