Source – salon.com
– “…As a wise comedian says, we must own Trump — he didn’t fall from the sky and, yes, he is a reflection our nation…Trump’s political ascendance is the embodiment of celebrity culture and reality TV show entertainment run amok and the debasement of political life in America as spectacle”:
(Heaven help us — George Carlin was right: Donald Trump is America – By Chauncey Devega)
George Carlin was a master comedian, which is to say he was more than funny: He possessed a genius insight into human nature and the workings of our society. Carlin was perhaps most famous for his standup routines on topics such as the foolishness of believing in God, the “seven dirty words” and the folly that is national or ethnic pride.
But during a long career that contained many gems, Carlin made an observation that is especially insightful for describing this political season and Election Day.
Carlin said the following:
“Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out.”
Carlin passed away in 2008 before he could see the prescience of his comedic wit and intelligence with the rise of Republican Donald Trump’s candidacy this year. Trump did not fall to Earth from another planet. He is not from another dimension of space and time in the multiverse. The Republican presidential nominee Trump and his supporters are America.
Donald Trump is an authoritarian fascist.
Research by Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler has shown that authoritarian values have been increasing among the American people for at least the last 10 years. Authoritarianism is more common among Republicans, self-identified conservatives and right-leaning independents than it is among Democrats, liberals or progressives.
A disrespect for basic norms of democratic governance was also demonstrated by a recent public opinion poll which showed that 43 percent of Republicans, 20 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of independents would support a military coup against the United States government under certain circumstances
Trump is unapologetically ignorant.
Like Donald Trump, the average Americans possesses little to no understanding of foreign policy or international relations. In a 2014 survey of general knowledge about their country and the world by Ipsos-MORI, Americans were ranked the second most ignorant among the developed world — trailing only Italy in this dubious honor.
Trump is a celebrity and reality TV show star.
“A celebrity is someone who is famous for being famous.” Trump is a master dream merchant who (with a substantial loan of money from his father) found financial “success” through putting his name on various properties such as casinos and hotels. He has accomplished nothing in civic or public life. Nor has he served the American people or the common good in any meaningful and positive way.
Reality television is a lie and part of a culture of illusion. It is immensely popular among the American people because it serves as a distraction from their anxieties and worries as well as a way for them to live vicariously through the fictions they see on the screen. Reality television also offers the promise that a “regular” person can become famous even though he or she lacks talent.
Trump’s political ascendance is the embodiment of celebrity culture and reality TV show entertainment run amok and the debasement of political life in America as spectacle.