Is Trump Dangerous to Democracy? Absolutely Not.

Frank Rich argues that “far from being an apocalyptic harbinger of the end-times, it’s possible that [Trump’s] buffoonery poses no lasting danger. Quite the contrary: His unexpected monopoly of center stage may well be the best thing to happen to our politics since the arrival of Barack Obama.”

“In the short time since Trump declared his candidacy, he has performed a public service by exposing, however crudely and at times inadvertently, the posturings of both the Republicans and the Democrats and the foolishness and obsolescence of much of the political culture they share. He is, as many say, making a mockery of the entire political process with his bull-in-a-china-shop antics. But the mockery in this case may be overdue, highly warranted, and ultimately a spur to reform rather than the crime against civic order that has scandalized those who see him, in the words of the former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, as ‘dangerous to democracy.’”

“Some kind of farce … is just what the modern presidential campaign has devolved into. By calling attention to that sorry state of affairs 24/7, Trump’s impersonation of a crypto-fascist clown is delivering the most persuasively bipartisan message of 2016.”


  1. Trump isn’t.

    The cult of personality certainly can be. But it would take somebody with all Trump’s charisma and a great deal more–focus–to make that happen.

    Interesting piece, written from a very intelligent former film critic’s POV. But I think he left out one important ref (it’s very long, I might have missed it).

    “Being There.” Chauncey Gardiner, Sellers’ innocuous obvious blank of a character is hardly a Trump, but that’s not the point–the point is, we make people into what we want them to be. We fill them with qualities they do not remotely possess, in our quest for the perfect leader who has never existed, and never will exist.

    1. Dr. Carson is the character from “Being There”. The man lives in a bubble and most of what he says is what his life experience is, and that is why he is much like Chauncey the Gardiner. Trump never lived in a bubble. He is a rough and tumble man who lives in a dog eat dog world. No matter what you say about Trump you know he will be a fighter.

      1. You know, that’s occurred to me too.

        Except it contradicts what that black housekeeper who knew Chauncey when he was just a gardener says, when she sees him being lauded as a genius and visionary on TV.

        “It’s for sure a white man’s world in America. Look here: I raised that
        boy since he was the size of a piss-ant. And I’ll say right now, he
        never learned to read and write. No, sir. Had no brains at all. Was
        stuffed with rice pudding between th’ ears. Shortchanged by the Lord,
        and dumb as a jackass. Look at him now! Yes, sir, all you’ve gotta be is
        white in America, to get whatever you want. Gobbledy-gook!”

        So maybe we have made some progress on the front of racial equality.

        Progress always comes with a price, you know.


  2. The greatest danger from Trump is that he makes all the other Republicans seem almost sane and reasonable by comparison.

    1. Not on taxes. Even Kasich is a wack-job compared to Trump on that subject.

      Not needing anybody’s money to fund his campaign, Trump has the luxury of cherry-picking his positions, and he’s deliberately gone full right-tard on hot-button topics like immigration, while taking positively left-wing stances on other things, such as distributing the tax load more equitably, and (irony of ironies) getting billionaire money out of politics. See, it’s not socialism if it benefits me, and somebody I like is saying it–that’s what the average GOP voter thinks.

      ‘Sane and reasonable’ is not a key to success in this contest. But the question we must ask is–what happens if the dog catches the car he’s chasing? Does Trump want to be the nominee? Does he want to be the President? I have a hard time believing he wants to do the actual job, but can he bear the prospect of losing? I would tend to agree with those that his success has surprised him as much as anybody, and he’s wondering what he can possibly say that will make his poll #’s go down.

      Remember when a second-rate pro-wrestler nobody had thought about in years became governor of Minnesota for one disastrous term? Sometimes people just want to see what would happen. Then they wish they hadn’t, but IT’S TOO LATE.

      Those who forget the past……

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