Actually getting booed at the Al Smith Dinner in NYC on 10/20/16 is really hard to cause unless you really are trying to annoy everyone on what is alleged to be a festive occasion.
With Cardinal Dolan seated between Trump and Hillary, it seemed sharply symbolic to me. Ironically, Trump has clearly lost the election, something he and the alienated GOP have engineered together, he with his outrageous comments about tearing a fetus from a womb days before birth, the GOP for keeping its anti abortion plank in its platform and being so retro on other social issues. But that is what the Catholic Church has pushed for and now their messenger has gone manic.
The GOP, instead of espousing what used to be a moderate party, is now beaming madly to its evangelicals. But Dolan and his merry men have been attacking women’s rights so steadfastly for so long that the GOP and Trump succumbed to their bigotry and now will get properly whipped. Must have been tough for the Cardinal to smile through it all, as Hillary has made clear that reproductive choice will be high on her agenda.
So as I said in an earlier OP ED “Here is Mr. Trump, a man who has all the money he could ever want, a wonderful family who report he walks on water, a trophy wife who obviously likes him, a huge jet airplane with his name plastered on it and his name prominently displayed on a bunch of his other material possessions”.
Now his personal behaviour at his rallies and in his debates with Mrs. Clinton, his rhetoric is so abusive that one can easily imagine this is an episode from Saturday Night Live. Parents were likely careful to have their youngsters tucked into bed while Ma and Pa watched in disbelief. Putting one/s opponent in jail has not been a common demand on the stump before that I know of. And attacking key members of his own party and embarrassing his running mate, Governor Pence, do not seem actions from a man who really wants to win. And claiming vote fraud and not stating plainly that he will definitely honor the outcome of the voting on November 8th.
So now my earlier column takes on even more likelihood. The man really does not want to win.
Remember more of what I said then.
I am an avid golfer and know he shares my addiction, having owned and built many wonderful courses which he doubtless would enjoy visiting more.
If Trump wins, when would he have the time to enjoy these precious possessions? Reading long policy position papers is not his forte it is reported.
If he loses, he can enjoy his life and still have the honor of having been the presidential nominee of a major party. Talk about the penultimate personal trophy!
Could it be that his endless parade of outlandish statements has meant he has been spoofing us all along?
To repeat, the proof of what I am saying came at that Al Smith Dinner on Thursday, the 20th in NYC when he continued his inappropriate slams of Hillary. Was this the Cardinal’s sins revenged?
When Trump loses, he doubtless will be the first critic of every Clinton Administration action. Certainly there are mistakes to be acknowledged such as the Obama Administration’s failure to enforce our immigration laws, but his rhetoric passes all bounds of understanding and flies in the face of all the advice he has gotten from his loyal staff.
Let’s hope that the alleged 40% who he expects to vote for him will not join Trump in working against a republic that has worked remarkably well for 240 years.
America is already great, but only if we can all work together in the spirit of good will and co-operation will we make the progress that our forebearers envisioned.
If you believe, as I do, that the great Experiment brought forward by our founding fathers (warts and all) represented a huge advance in human governance, if it is to survive and prosper, our system must embrace all of us, which has not always been the case.
The current powerful exhibit of the works of Whitfield Lovell and Jacob Lawrence at the Phillips Collection in DC about how African Americans dealt with the hardships of being black in America in the last century combines so well with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton on Broadway and the 2 terms of a half black President. These facts say to us all that the system will work for all only if we all work for the system. Minority Americans and any newcomers should now see that upward mobility is not a fiction.
So now we will shortly have our first female President! And high hopes that empowering all women can advance, but also that Hillary understands that the rule of law is not a fiction and that a country without laws will not long be successful.
From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013
By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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