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Ship of Fools Dead in the Water Ship of Fools Dead in the Water
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2016-10-24 10:53:33
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There are approximately two weeks left before the general 2016 Presidential election. People have begun to vote in absentia. More wiki-leak revelations (thanks to Russian hackers) have surfaced. Groped women claiming sexual assaults have also suddenly surfaced. Donald Trump’s surrogates continue to claim that everything is normal on the ship of the GOP presidential campaign; that polls reveal that Trump is winning, or at least he is tie with Hillary Clinton; or, at the very least, that there is a very narrow lead to victory.

If truth be told (a hard thing to do nowadays), Trump’s ship, like the Titanic, is already sinking. It’s just that the majority of Trump supporters (the so called basket of  “deplorables,” or assorted racists and bigoted white supremacists of all stripes) do not know it yet; or if they do, or suspect it, they continue giving the false appearance that all is normal and the ship is speeding full steam ahead, straight to victory with captain Dumb Ass at the helm.

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The more astute politicians, such as the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, have already sounded the alarm to their GOP colleagues: it’s everybody for themselves now; run to the life-boats and save yourselves. What is reprehensible in this attitude is not only its selfishness but the sheer lack of responsibility for the creation and constitution of the monster and the ensuing catastrophe. Nobody can stop the monster now. He could have been stopped when he started going around with the birther issue, but he was abetted and encouraged instead.

Some have heeded the warning and are trying to save themselves politically by distancing themselves from the deplorable ideas of the deplorable captain; the captain that has managed in three short years, not only to insult a sitting president of the US (aided and abetted by the Tea Party of the GOP who are in large part responsible for the creation of the Frankenstein) but also women, minorities, veterans, Latinos, Blacks, Moslems, immigrants, you name it. Consider this twitter written some time ago by our twitting presidential candidate:

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That twitter says it all, in a way. What to my mind constitutes poetic justice of sort is that it is the GOP that now finds itself on the Titanic reaping the whirlwind with a not so confident Captain Deplorable at the helm. He now goes around saying that if he loses (i.e., if the ship sinks), then the game is rigged and he may then have to call for a revolution to reinstate him as captain.

The ones who have not heeded Ryan’s alarm are still deluding themselves that all is well. In fact, they are still playing the violin on the ship as it sinks continuing their enthusiastic support. Alas, in three weeks they’ll find out that there aren’t enough life-boats for every surrogate and passenger.  One of the prominent passengers playing this charade is the former mayor of New York Rudi Giuliani, the dutiful lieutenant determined to go down with the ship and sink his political prospects in the process.

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You will recall that the so called “unsinkable ship” did not sink in the blink of an eye; it took a few hours before it was dead in the water. Similarly most GOP voters, when the women’s groping revelations, promptly denied by Trump, surfaced, may have heard a strange bump in the GOP engine room, but are still suspecting nothing. The music continues unabated. The surprise will arrive on November 8, in three weeks or so, when they may lose the election on a landslide. Then the ship will go down quite fast and simply disappear under water. Once it is under water with a good number of supporting surrogates and passengers, the GOP party may also be dead in the water, never to resurface. Indeed, its founder Lincoln must be turning in his grave.

Given that the captain of the ship is not the type to go gently into the night, for he is a winner, by hook or by crook, we may expect a call to protest and civil disobedience (which is ok within a democracy) claiming that the game was rigged, or worse, we may expect the creation of a “vicious” new party which will make the Tea Party look like a picnic, designed to frustrate every move of a Clinton presidency from day one. Worse still, we may see the beginning of the end of democracy in America, as we know it.

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Perhaps we’ll avoid an ultimate catastrophe after all; we can all hope and pray for it. Perhaps democracy, despite Plato’s skepticism that an incompetent captain at the helm is ever able to lead a ship to port, will prove to be more resilient than we have surmised so far, but I would not be so sanguine; history does not support such optimism. The arrival of a Caesar Augustus, Adolph Hitler and Mussolini, as fix-all problems strong men was largely due to the weakness of democratic republics which allowed the ensuing of despotism. Almost inevitably one arrives at the sad derangement of a Caligula or a Nero, or a Trump with his finger on the nuclear button. I suppose time will tell. Meanwhile stay tuned. Things are surely to get more interesting.

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Giovanni2016-10-25 00:32:42
Well done Lino. I'll make it available to my friends on FB.


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