Donald, please go home.

Donald Trump’s appeal to a conservative base that feels like they have been abandoned is understandable. The wave of enthusiasm should not have lasted this long, however.

Two reasons:

First, assuming Trump were making coherent points, he doesn’t actually believe the things he’s saying. Probably the number one issue that has made him attractive to the conservative base has been immigration. One might wonder when the Donald developed his tough on immigration bona fides. It had to have been in the last two years, because prior to that he criticized then candidate Romney for being way too mean-spirited for proposing the ‘maniacal’ deportation of people who just want to be ‘wonderful productive citizens of this country’. Trump was a registered democrat until 2009, and helped fund the democratic takeover of congress in 2006. He loved Obamacare until he decided to run as a republican, and even still, he has this to say about healthcare: ‘”You can’t let the people in this country that are the poor people, the people without the money and resources go without healthcare,” Trump told the MSNBC program. “I just can’t even imagine. You’re sick and you can’t even go to a doctor. I say one thing, can you not let 25 percent of the people of the country because they have no money go without something?”

Second, Trump is not making coherent points. He is holding town hall style meetings on the campaign trail where he performs some mixture of an Andrew Dice Clay/Sopranos/stand up comedy routine, one by one bashing his opponents. “Lindsey Graham, he’s an idiot, HEY!” “Oh, Hey, John Mccain, I like heros, not guys who get shot down, ya know whatta mean, HEY?” Unconventional is one thing. Not being a career politician is admirable. The Donald is acting like a buffoon, and the media are loving it. They want him to carry on as long as possible until this whole “Death to America” thing blows over, and until some of the legitimate candidates screw up in their attempts to distance themselves from the Donald.

The republican field is already a clown car. This clown is stealing the spotlight and distracting much needed attention away from the disastrous foreign relations move set in motion this week by the sitting administration. Even the writer of this blog intended to comment on the Iran deal (and still will), but felt the need to address the Donald first.

To conservatives: This will never happen. The joke must end. Nothing good is coming from it. Tell the Donald to take his hair and go home.

CWT

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Where will you go?

What will you do if you suddenly find yourself surrounded by people who do not speak your language? From the simplest command, to the more complicated and significant idea, your words fall on deaf ears. Not exactly deaf ears, because they ‘hear’ you, but they don’t understand you. In fact, they are repulsed by you. You don’t understand their words either. You are repulsed by them as well, but there are so any more of them, than there are of you.

There are only a few languages that may be spoken in public without scorn or revulsion. But you don’t want to speak those languages anymore. Where will you go?

In 2015, political parties in the United States are methods of control. There are very few meaningful differences between the two major players, but they have branded themselves based on token issues and made up values with labels like “Tradition” and “Progress”. As time has passed without major existential threats on American soil, and very little labor or toil when compared to our predecessors, politics has devolved into a social status, and a conversation piece. Instead of seeking a way of life and searching for leaders that enable it, we try to squeeze ourselves into one of two ideological camps, and we allow our elected leaders to educate us on just what type of life we should be seeking.

We are people, with ways of thinking that should be detached from two major political parties or ideological camps. There are many dimensions to the way we think. There are not only two types of people in the world, or in the country, so why do we speak only two languages? Why does it seem like our language was abandoned in common use years ago, and has recently been snubbed out completely? For years we have hung on to the threads of our dying language as it manifest itself in one of the controlling brands.

Visit this blog once per week, on Sunday afternoons, for a discussion in a language you understand. This will not be a desperate attempt of an upstart political party ambitiously seeking a place among the powerhouses. We have already determined there is no appetite for our ideas among the masses; no ear for our language. We have no candidate. We have no platform, though we will discuss what a perfect one might look like.

At the beginning of the last century, Theodore Roosevelt felt like one of the parties didn’t speak his language anymore so he formed a party and a new platform. It didn’t last long, but mainly because his ambitions were purely political. He would have been perfectly happy to stay in the Republican party, but he was out-politicked by Taft for the nomination.

We introduce the 21st century version of TR’s idea. The main difference between our idea and TR’s is that we are not seeking political gain. Just a refuge of ideas and language. We chose the Bull Gator for a few reasons, though admittedly this is not a perfect analogy. This creature is majestic, powerful, misunderstood, and endangered. The true alligator is native to the United States (differentiate from the crocodile). It tries to keep to itself. It poses no threat to any human who respects its habitat and doesn’t foolishly infringe on its territory. Quite frankly, we chose the Bull Gator because it is awesome.

You have to use caution to speak your language in public. Your ideas are not accepted anymore. Where will you go?

CWT