Forgive me, Dear Ethics Alarmers, for I have sinned. It has been one week (give or take a few days) since my last comment. And in the last week I accuse myself of not being as horrified by Trump’s most recent comments as I should.
I have tried, though. Really. I tried. God knows I did. I read the transcripts. I listened to the video tape. I have consulted Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, and a host of other exalted people much more in tune than your lowly, misinformed commenter.
But I failed, and I failed ‘uge: I just can’t find it in my being to declare that this is the final straw.*** How is the video anymore insulting than any of the other idiotic things he has said and done in the last year-and -a-half? Is it because he openly declares that he is pig? He ridiculed a disabled reporter at a campaign speech, for the love of Pete. That was bad but this video banter between two morons on a bus somehow removes all doubt about his qualifications? Please.
And those of you now asserting that he is admitting that he sexually assaulted women, give me a break. I have no trouble believing that Trump considers/considered it ‘locker room talk’. That is because Trump has the impulse control of a ten year old. Yes. Some guys talk like that. Well-adjusted men don’t, though. Why? It is unbecoming of a real man because talk like that is juvenile, immature, and undignified. Guys over the age of 18 who talk like that are simply buffoons, who somehow feel they need to increase their self worth by talking about their sexual prowess. Most mature guys find it annoying. Rest assured, ladies, real men don’t talk or act like that. They learned from their fathers that such behavior is rude and crass, and they learned from their mothers that women are not ‘turned on’ by it. They learn and they grow up.
Many a pundit has gnashed his or her teeth, frothed at the mouth, shaken a head in dismay, and declared outrage that such vile thoughts still exist today, perpetuating the rape-culture so prevalent in modern society. Many a Republican rent a garment because they either have wives, daughters, mothers, grand-relations, neighbors, or know someone who has many of the same. Many have called on him to resign (yeah, sure, like that’s gonna happen). Paul Ryan withdrew an invitation (and apparently conceded the presidency to Hillary Clinton while pledging to make sure Congress remains Republican, which seems a bit extreme to me, but the GOP must attone for its sins against women for nominating Trump as its candidate), Mike Pence stopped ducking questions about the video and issued a statement declaring his offense, and NBC suspended the news personality because he failed to stop Trump right in his tracks.
Yet, somehow this is the most important news story. I had an emergency fishing trip so I missed the debate last night (I hate fishing, so that should tell you how much I wanted to watch the debate). I hear tell that more than 30 minutes were spent on this topic. One-third of the time to decide that Trump is a male-chauvinist pig. Oh. That could have been established in two minutes, three tops. Yet, 27 to 28 more minutes were needed. Good grief. Trump demonstrated months ago that he has neither the maturity, the temperament, the dignity, or the strength of personal character to be charged with the responsibilities attendant to the Presidency. The GOP blew it at the beginning; it is too late for the GOP to stop the hemorrhaging at this point. Reince Preibus is wholly responsible for the GOP’s woes and the ensuing misery. It will take election cycles to repair the damage Trump has done and will do to the Republican party. In Texas, there is an expression: “When you lie down with dogs, you get fleas”. Oops. To paraphrase the Good Reverend Jeremiah Wright, “Your chickens have come home to roost”.
*** Truth be told, that final straw happened a few months ago when he openly declared that his comments about Rosie O’Donnell were justified AND justifiable. It seemed horribly inappropriate and unprofessional and unseemly for a person running for the highest executive office in the country to target a ‘private’ citizen for ridicule in a nationally televised debate, especially when it continued a stupid, irrelevant, and unimportant private feud between two equally loathsome cretins. I closed my Trump book at that time and I haven’t reopened it (and now I can’t reopen it because I am using it to level out my dinner table – if I took it out my table would collapse).