Donald Trump is making it clear that he isn’t going to study, prepare, prep or train seriously for Sunday’s presidential debate. Well, why not? After all, without substantive or appropriately focused preparation for the first debate, he was…oh, right, he was lousy. Donald doesn’t think so, however, and that’s what matters. He is now mocking Hillary Clinton for doing what anyone would do who understands the crucial mission at hand, and the importance of hard work. She is preparing, just as she would if she wasn’t going to be debating an ignorant buffoon.
One thing the Clintons cannot be criticized for is their determination and diligence. They both always work hard, and are thoroughly prepared for whatever they do. Trump, in contrast, has prospered his whole life by bluffing, bullying, posturing and faking. He had his career and a fortune handed to him by his father, and really is the embodiment of Ann Richards’ famous jibe at George H.W. Bush that he was someone who woke up on third base and thought he had hit a triple.
With a realistic if ridiculous chance at being elected President, an individual of normal intelligence who has no useful experience, eloquence, applicable education or character traits would normally decide that he had to compensate for those disadvantages by diligence…by working harder. Not Donald Trump. Despite all evidence to the contrary, including the first debate debacle, Trump thinks all he needs to do is show up, and wing it.
This provides a possible silver lining to the wreckage of this horrible election. Years from now, we will be able to tell our grandchildren the story of the arrogant tycoon who was running against an untrustworthy liar and could have been President, if he had only understood the importance of the ethical value of diligence. It will be akin to the fables of The Ant and the Grasshopper, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Call it the parable of The Corrupter and the Tycoon.
Maybe it will convince the kids to do their homework and practice the piano.
It’s not much, but it’s something.