WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 – Consider it a sign of the apocalypse. Billionaire – at least on paper – Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will run for the highest office in the land. He’ll be disparaged because of his wealth and because he spends a good deal of time on a silly NBC reality show.
The sad fact is this buffoonish carnival barker of popular culture is the only GOP presidential candidate who understands the great issue facing the nation.
“Last quarter,” said Trump, “it was just announced, our gross domestic product – a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Who ever heard of this? It’s never below zero.
“Our labor participation rate was the worst since 1978.”
And those were the first sentences of his presidential announcement.
Contrast that with the upbeat words of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: “This is a place that welcomes everyone with their hearts set on the future,” he said at Miami-Dade College, the stage for his presidential announcement, “a place where hope leads to achievement, and striving leads to success. For all of us, it is just the place to be in the campaign that begins today.”
The sky has never been bluer, nor bird songs sounding sweeter, right?
According to Forbes magazine, college graduates experienced unemployment rates of about half that of all U.S. workers. However, “44% of college grads in their 20s are stuck in low-wage, dead-end jobs, the highest rate in decades, and the number of young people making less than $25,000 has also spiked to the highest level since the 1990s.”
The mainstream media describe Bush’s 2016 campaign message as “optimistic.”
Who is Jeb kidding? America is in rapid decline. Just the other day, China launched a massive, sophisticated cyber-attack on U.S. government computers. Picking at the periphery of our sleeping-giant was a blatant act of war.
Americans collectively yawned, while a member of their government’s Department of Homeland Security blithely told the Washington Post, “These things are going to keep happening.”
Washington downplayed the event rather than offend its U.S. Treasury-buying sugar daddy, China.
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America is economically, militarily and spiritually weak. The rise of ISIS, which President Obama told the New Yorker magazine was a “JV squad,” is on the rise because the Western World is in a profound slump. And, on that front, Obama is not leading from behind.
When I think of my fellow Americans, I recall those PBS nature programs of my youth — those showing wildebeests crossing swollen African rivers only to be grabbed by toothy alligators and taken for a death roll.
Americans want their candidates to tell them that the reptilian teeth coming at them are just welcoming smiles. We want our candidates to have a positive message. We want them to tell us our best days are yet ahead.
We want our candidates to tell us comforting lies.