WELCOME BACK MEET THE SASS!
Sassistas could not be more proud to welcome back the sass of our resident political expert Neola Mace,
formerly known as "Westsista." Here is how she describes herself:
Neola Mace has been writing daily commentary since she was eight years old. She didn't get interested in politics until she was 12 and questioned why her best friend was wearing a P.O.W. bracelet. She currently makes a living writing boring technical books but dreams of being a guest on Hardball some day.
Here is Neola's perspective on the political phenomenon known as Donald Trump.
There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who enthusiastically support Donald Trump for president, and those of us who wonder why in the hell they would do that.
Is this some kind of punishment from God, using our own guilty pleasure for Reality TV against us?
Along with many others, for a long time I believed it was a joke that would eventually play itself out, like pet rocks, shoulder pads and loveable bigots with a heart of gold. Wait! Maybe that’s not completely over . . .
But here we are, at the beginning of actual voting, and the Trumpet phenomenon is not only still alive, but shows no sign that it is mortal at all. It is no longer an anomaly I can blame on the uneducated, the star struck, or the misinformed. I personally know many people that I love and respect who ARE blowing the Trumpet, so I have been forced to give this a great deal of thought.
When Being Rude Looks Like Strength. Trumpet seems to not even be slightly constrained by what most of us would consider good manners. He scoffs at political correctness and maybe we even secretly cheer when he goes after a target we believe is deserving, like Ted Cruz. Birther on birther action does offer a certain fascination.
One of the biggest criticisms of President Obama is that he is weak, spending too much time “thinking” about what to say or do. Definitely not something we’d need to worry about with President Trumpet.
Simple Answers. It’s very appealing to believe that if our leaders just used plain, old-fashioned common sense we all would be much better off. Be Tough On Terrorists. Negotiate Good Deals. Stop Spending.
Unfortunately the U.S. economy, world politics and racial divisions do not lend themselves to simple solutions. Take one example – Kicking Isis’ Ass. We’ve been bombing the crap out of ISIS targets with over 6,000 airstrikes. What else should we do? Ground troops? For how long? Which Muslim countries are supporting the fight against ISIS? Raise your hand if you know whether ISIS Muslims are Shiite or Sunni without googling it. I rest my case.
Yes, the Trumpet has made millions. It helps to be born into an extremely wealthy family and to get a small start-up loan from dad for a million dollars. I hear people say that, though. He is really rich, as if that makes him superior in some way from the rest of us or better qualified to be president. To be clear, microeconomics is the study of economics at an individual, group or company level, which is what Trumpet may know about. Macroeconomics is the study of a national economy as a whole, with many interrelated and complicated concepts. He has zero experience with macroeconomics.
What Do All Trump Supporters I Know Have In Common? None of them are non-white. Not a single one. Please note that I am not accusing his supporters of all being racist. But if you are a racist, he’s your guy. While he does not belong to or endorse any racist organizations, Stormfront, KKK and other white supremacist groups have all seen new interest in their groups and activities. Most are explicitly supporting Trumpet.
Master of horror Stephen King summed up the Trumpet campaign unofficial slogan like this:
If You’re White, You’re All Right
Any Other Hue, I Don’t Trust You
Make America Great Again. When exactly was America great? When we were handing out smallpox blankets? Killing each other over slavery? Using soldiers as lab rats? During Jim Crow laws? When natural born citizens had their assets confiscated and were forced into camps?
Whites and non-whites differ in an important way. Non-whites are generally not nearly as nostalgic for how things used to be.
The Bottom Line. Issues are complicated. Talking about them seriously is boring. The class clown is much more fun than the dull math teacher. Reality TV is more entertaining than the History Channel. People are busy. Simple sells.
Humility. Subtlety. Nuance. Team. They don’t play in the Trumpet band.
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