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Since our last post was addressed toward an historical personality, perhaps we should extend the effort in the direction of another personality, not historical, but potentially so. . . and, that is toward the illustrious Donald Trump, a candidate for the office of President of the universe. . . or, still more!
One of the problems of our recent line of presidents is forgetfulness. They seem to forget that the office has been around longer than they have and the line of succession is longer and of more significance than the small thoughts they bring to the office; to put it another way, forgetting or deliberately overlooking the historical perspective. In that light perhaps, we should include a few more of the Republican candidates than just the cantankerous Mr. Trump. Certainly, Mr.Cruz is ambitious enough to be included in the list, and then there is Bush III, attempting to put himself into the frame of the Bush presidential dynasty = that would be a first, three members of a family occupying the first seat in a government who did not inherit the position as monarchs do.
But, then, we might say that that has already been done in view of the fact that Bill Clinton's genealogy has been traced to include him as a distance cousin of the Bush family. Does marriage carry the relation past blood lines? If so, that would include the aspiring Hillary in the picture.
But, before he's assumed the office, Mr. Trump has assumed the mantle. One comment (apologies for not marking or remembering who) on his recent spate insists that Trump is setting up new standards for campaigning. Well, he does not appear to be a person who changes his mind on whims fancies or facts, so as he behaves now, he will behave in office if elected. That means if negotiations with other heads of state do not go as he fancies they should, there will be hell to pay in response - another tantrum? Laying on the floor, kicking his heels and banging his head?
Temper tantrum is some households must be accepted if later life provides an example, some of us never grow out of bad habits acquired earlier in life. And it must be a gratification to have the resources to buy your own air time to compete with debates whose sponsors will not comply with your demands. If that doesn't work, you can always buy the station or network and rearrange its credo to suit your purposes. Smaller minds might believe that once the opposition believes you are sincere, everyone will then fall in line.
Perhaps this line of thought should shut down once the point is made. But, the man will not change if he were to attain that status. But, then, fi he does, has the office already been stained beyond salvation?
An older observer than Mr. Trump, might remember the curt reminder that Harry Truman directed toward an opponent on one campaigning occasion, "He'll do alright as long as he remembers that the office elevates the man and not the other way around." The hope here is that such sentiment still resides in office seekers, which would reassure voters that the office is still worth considering beyond the immediate concerns of some candidates with less than fully developed self-control - or voters for that matter - whose personal interests are placed before the more important community, social or civil interests. That would include anyone inciting riotous agreement from their supporters.
There is a timeliness in some social concerns that demands attention to social and ethical standards. That timeliness does not include temper tantrums or disregard for those who do not agree with us when opinions are based on flagrant and total disregard for those considered unworthy of our respect. Usually, in the long run, that display of disrespect turns against us too quickly and unexpectedly to become a weapon used against our purpose. That's the meaning of a two edged sword, if it has slipped some minds of those considering themselves too important to believe otherwise.
The beliefs that impels such behavior is not new in politicians; and, to this writer's awareness, is eventually self-destructive. Which is as it should be. A candidate who has no respect for the audience before whom he should be putting the "best foot forward" will soon discover they have no respect for him in return. But, that is a realization that escapes those engaged in unproductive diversions that undermine their own visions. If they have such convictions, the inevitable end to their dream will surface eventually.
That, too, is as it should be.