Look! A Good Ethics Result From The 2016 Campaign!

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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.

12 thoughts on “Look! A Good Ethics Result From The 2016 Campaign!

    • You did read the post, right? Those aren’t going to stop Trump, because too many voters don’t care. Not doing your homework, however, is fatal. Even to frauds. See, the Clintons work hard at their various schemes.

  1. What if Trump is playing a mind game? Everyone (including Clinton) will show up to the debate thinking he’ll be terrible, and then he’ll amaze us all with his well-prepped eloquence.

    Nah, too implausible.

  2. Thing is, I don’t know Trump realizes he did poorly. His “advisers” (I use that word in quotes because you may as well advise a chicken) just can’t get through to him. There were reports coming out of his campaign following the debate that no matter how many times they tried to get through to him, he refused to prepare, and they just gave up.

    I still don’t know if Trump actually wants to be president. Part of me wonders if he’s trying to throw it.

  3. “Maybe it will convince the kids to do their homework and practice the piano.”

    You anticipate the future incorrectly. It will convince the kids to ensure they roll cigarettes better and cast lead for bullets more efficiently. Perhaps steel them for rough negotiations on the wall when outsiders try to enter their compound.

  4. A small point. George HW Bush risked his life in an attempt to attack the highly fortified island of Chichi Jima during WW2. He was shot down with two crew members killed and if captured by the Japanese he certainly would have been beheaded. Ann Richards is a disgruntled politico who will be remembered by Texans as a lousy governor.

  5. Marcus Aurelius hired a servant to walk behind him as he walked through the Roman town square, and the servant’s only job was to whisper in his ear when people praised him “you’re only a man, you’re only a man”.

    Trump hires advisers to walk behind him as he walks through life, and those advisers only jobs are to shout at his side as people deride him, “You’re winning! Look at this poll!”.

    • “Marcus Aurelius hired a servant to walk behind him as he walked through the Roman town square, and the servant’s only job was to whisper in his ear when people praised him “you’re only a man, you’re only a man”.

      This and the similar story about the slave who holds a crown above the head of a Roman hero as he is paraded through the city and whispers that fame is fleeting has always struck me as unlikely, and the Roman equivalent of an urban legend.

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