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My Fellow Angry Americans

Greg Crosby

By Greg Crosby

Published March 4, 2016

I’m writing this on the day of Super Tuesday, the day when a dozen states hold their nominating contests, the largest number of states to do so on one day. It is far too early to know final results of those primaries, but all polling seems to indicate that the majority of GOP voters will cast their lot with Donald Trump. By the time you are reading this, you know who won what where, but I’m going to assume that Trump once again is the big winner, which all but assures him the Republican nomination.

Coarse, vulgar, nasty, sneaky, racist, bully; pick the adjective of your choice to describe him and you’ll be right. Trump is all those things and more. He is a self-promoting egomaniac who, if elected, will no doubt run this country any damn way that helps him to gain even more wealth and power. His past actions and statements prove that in spite of his stump speech rhetoric, he really does not intend to help the “little guy.” He couldn’t care less, actually.

I’ve said all this before, but it bears repeating. If you liked the way Obama ran things, ignoring the Constitution, avoiding Congress and making up his own rules, then you’re going to love President Trump. Trump uses threats on those who oppose him, such as tweeting out “I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide.” The message is clear enough, if you oppose me, I will destroy you.

The biggest joke and fallacy is that Trump is an “outsider,” that he’s the guy that will “stick it to the man.” But as Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel has so keenly pointed out, Trump IS the man! He was born rich and connected, living a life in the company of the wealthy and powerful and built a fortune by using his connections and sticking it to the little guy. Trump is the biggest insider of them all, hanging and dealing with celebrities, movie moguls, big shot hotel and casino magnates, and others with privileged access to Washington brokers.

He has spent his whole life wheeling and dealing with the elites and special interest groups. He has been concerned with only himself and in doing whatever it took to keep himself rich and powerful. So all of a sudden is Trump in it to make America great and help the average American? Doubt it.

Strassel brings out the fact that in Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” he lays out the way he has made use of back-scratching and backroom agreements. “In explaining his $100,000 contribution to the Clinton Foundation, Mr. Trump Bragged: “When they call, I give. And you know what, when I need something from them, I call them. They are there for me.”

Trump is what Trump is. I don’t like him, but I understand him. What I don’t fully understand are my fellow Americans, all the supporters who don’t see the man for what he is. I’m as frustrated and angry as anyone about the sorry state of our country; Big Brother government, political correct nonsense, American culture in decline and all the rest. I get how people are looking for the strong tough guy who will stand up for American values and principles; I’m looking for that guy too, but it isn’t Donald Trump. Not by a long shot.

It scares me that so many people are willing to overlook the lies, con and crudeness of a man like Trump. Or is it that they so want to believe in someone so badly that they just can’t see him for what he is? Whichever way it is, it is a frightening thing. History tells us that really bad people have been elected as leaders of countries because of their populist appeal to people who are desperate for some kind of change. They do get a change, but never the change they expected, and usually not for the better. I fear this for my country now.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. He's also a Southern California-based freelance writer.

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