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DeVos: Tellin’ it like it is

Jon deVos
The Friday Report
Jon DeVos
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Donald Trump is keeping the hopes of America alive!

Well, at least he’s keeping the hopes of American journalists alive. Just think, two more years of self-funded pomposity under a blazing orange comb-over like you probably couldn’t even find in Branson, Missouri, the hotbed of boomer comb-overs.

There’s a sad side to the Donald’s success. He relies upon that fearful mean streak that permeates baser conservative thought. Pandering to it keeps him aloft. The Republican Party will eventually coalesce around one candidate, but for now you must tattoo numbers on their ears to tell them apart. The three unifying themes among the gang of candidates are a repeal of all-Obama-all-the-time, an abortion ban because women can’t think for themselves, and which of them can come up with the worst way to treat Hispanics.

Because there are only thin slices of difference in the Republican baloney, Trump’s unbalanced outbursts are forcing all the wannabes to stand behind him as he breaks wind for their sails.

Many pooh-pooh his chances but you read it here that there is a strong likelihood that the Republican candidate will indeed be Donald Trump, if only to prevent him from a third-party run that would sink Republican boats across the nation. (See: Ross Perot, 1992).

The sad tidings from Trump are that not only is America a God-fearing nation, but it’s also an Hispanic-fearing nation, a same-sex marriage-fearing nation, a nation afraid of people with dark skin, fearful of women getting equal pay, fearful of voters who don’t look like them, and so fearful of each other that judges have warehoused more people in prison than there are in the state of New Mexico. That’s the mean streak.

Let me interrupt this drooling rant to warn you of two things not to do. Do not search Google images for “Donald Trump comb-over” or “rear view DIA blue mustang” OK?

A common tribute to the Donald is that he “tells it like it is.” I agree it’s an oddity among presumptive candidates who always tell it like it polls. But are the things he’s saying really all that admirable? Clinching ties with our neighbor to the south – you know, the one that supplies all the labor that makes America the “Breadbasket to the World” – Trump’s comments brought a formal diplomatic reply that can be summed up in two words as “stupid racist.” Wait, that’s not a summary, that’s what they actually said!

How can Trump’s vision be America’s future? He is contemptuous and insulting to every class of minority, which he seems to define as anybody who’s not him, and, if elected, he’ll build walls to fence us all out.

Donald apparently slept through the history part that mentioned the Mongols pouring through the Great Wall of China or a depleted Soviet Union walking away from the Berlin Wall. Hadrian’s Wall kept the Scots out of Britain until everybody forgot why and tore down the stones to build their homes.

Still Donald wants to send every undocumented Hispanic family home and keep them there by fencing them out like cattle. Fence them out? Why not put them to work legally, pass laws that respect them and their contribution, and watch as they bail out Social Security? Come on, Donald, they aren’t rapists and murderers, they’re men and women, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers struggling to be part of something better.

If not America, then what?


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