The two extreme polar opposites as possibly electable candidates is a pretty interesting scenario for this country, reflecting as you state, the increasing social and economic stress of the need for change on so many levels. Hillary is in the middle of this maelstrom and trying to establish herself as the candidate of the "middle way."
---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <olliesedwuz@...> wrote : I am anything but apathetic, however Trump is very much a creation of our design. Big Biz feels increasingly emboldened by the steady stream of successes they have accomplished; off-shoring jobs, wage stagnation, lowest taxes ever especially for the investment bankers, no minimum wage increases, off-shore bank accounts for tax evasion, trillion dollar bailouts with no jail time, and the list continues. This creation of a wealthy class essentially above the law, with its consequent strain on our economy, has created a tremendous amount of social stress as well. So the conditions are perfect for someone like Trump to show up, throw out a lot of simplistic ideas and slogans, and draw big crowds and media attention. He is getting a lot of power from people's dissatisfaction, and continues to tell them what they want to hear. He is a mirror of our social discontent. Fortunately, in addition to the fantasy offered by Trump, Bernie Sanders is providing the *rational response* to these very skewed economic conditions, by setting out some fairly simple fixes centered around all of us paying our fair share of taxes. Getting everyone to pay their fair share, especially those who employ armies of tax consultants for tax avoidance, is not a fix in and of itself, but it will ensure we all have equal skin in the game. Governor Kasich, one of the Republican candidates, said that during the GW Bush administration, by allowing the rich to avoid taxes and starting two wars, we blew a FIVE TRILLION dollar surplus. That would kind of come in handy now... So we created Trump, his power and his ugly ideas, but the same conditions have also created an opening for Bernie Sanders, and getting this country off this dysfunctional path of easy fixes up front, with devastating consequences later. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <emily.mae50@...> wrote : No, he is NOT! The media fascination with such a disordered individual should not dictate apathy and resignation to the "The Lord of the Flies" storyline. He won't and can't win. And, yes, God help us. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <olliesedwuz@...> wrote : He was inevitable. He is our All American hero, and God help us. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <olliesedwuz@...> wrote : I don't understand why everyone is so confounded by Trump. I sat in a lot of corporate meetings and men (and women) like him are everywhere. I guess it is surprising to a lot of people how ugly corporate business has become, with a winner take all/loser gets nothing attitude, and a flood of overly macho, war and sports oriented rhetoric. Guys like Trump are a dime a dozen. People make him out to be some sort of anomaly, perhaps not wanting to believe the country is full of such individuals. Ooops. It is not that I haven't seen this in the business world, especially as a woman. But Trump goes beyond the ugly aspect of the alpha male, testosterone-fueled competitiveness for more than their market share and everyone else be damned phenomenon that happens all the time. He is running for office, and not just any office. He is thriving on and promoting hatred, not simply looking for some leg up on his business/market competitors. This is much bigger, this is much more odious in the sense that it goes beyond money or what land gets developed for another Target store. Trump is insatiable. He has already proven himself in the business world, for better or for worse, and now he is going after the Presidency? What for? Well, evidently because he is power mad. He is linked into some power buzz and he is beyond rehabilitation. He can not help or stop himself no matter what the cost. I can only hope that where there is darkness there will be a responding light. Where there is depravity then a opportunity for goodness and love will open up. I am not so much confounded by Trump but by how many support him. There are plenty of horrific humans on the planet but I never dreamed so many people would revel in one as dreadful as him. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <emily.mae50@...> wrote : Yep, this nails it pretty well. He's in it for the *win* and increasingly seems to believe his own narrative. He's completely insane. Yes he is and those who find him to be their 'answer' are blind and committed to repeating history within 70 years of WWII with all its atrocities and brutalities brought on by Hitler and his henchmen. I don't get it, not at all. What a stink, what hate lies within the crevices of American society and Trump is someone so full of the same that he has appealed to those who want an excuse to let all of this pus, this rottenness come to the surface. But, this is no purification process, this is becoming a mob scene where the worst of what makes up human's baser characteristics is taking over. I am becoming more horrified by the day. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : http://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-the-most-dangerous-face-in-the-republican-crowd/ http://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trump-the-most-dangerous-face-in-the-republican-crowd/