Disrespect is wonderfully entertaining. We revel when people are insulted, put down, offended and aggrieved. We think it’s fun. At some level it is fun… unless you are the one being demeaned.
It has become the Donald Trump signature rhetorical ploy. Michael van de Galien takes exception:
Donald Trump is at it again. He recently criticized Carly Fiorina — who’s rising in the polls in Iowa — because of her looks. He wondered out loud — when surrounded by yes-men — how anyone could ever vote for her. “Just look at that face,” he said, adding that she’s a woman and he’s not supposed to talk about it, but “come on.” He later pretended he was talking about her “demeanor,” but no sane person accepts that explanation.
No, Donald, you were criticizing yet another woman because you think she’s ugly. That’s all there is to it.
And that brings me to one of the biggest problems I have with Trump: his obvious lack of respect for every single one of his rivals and even for critical journalists, especially those who regularly have “blood coming out of their whatever.” It isn’t merely that it’s anything but presidential, but that it’s anything but civil. This is not how anyone should behave — be they politicians, plumbers, lawyers or construction workers.
Why is it wrong to disrespect people? Simply put, because you might need them some day. You might need their votes some day. You might need their support some day. If you claw your way to a nomination by stomping down your rivals, the chances are really, really good that they are not going to support your candidacy. Heck, their supporters might not come out to vote for you. And, if you are not the nominee, your het-up supporters might not vote for the eventual Republican candidate.
For the Democratic party, the Trump candidacy is win/win.
Ask yourself why Mitt Romney lost in 2012? You might not recall, but Romney trashed so many of his opponents that, one suspects, many of his opponents’ supporters were so offended that they simply did not vote.
Next year, how many of those who support other candidates will vote for a Donald Trump who treated them like idiots and fools?
Ronald Reagan pronounced the eleventh commandment—thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican—because he knew that, come election day, he would need the votes of their supporters.
That means that the current Republican circus helps no one but the Democrats. And if you want to undo the calamities visited on the nation or the world by the imperious and imperial Barack Obama, you should wake up and figure out that putting another Democrat in the White House will not do the trick.
Anyone who thought that there was no point in voting in 2012 because Romney and Obama were the same thing was thinking the way the Democratic mind control media wanted him to think.
In the latest CNN poll, non-candidate Joe Biden is beating Trump by 10 points. If you want to know why Republicans and conservative are fuming about the Trump candidacy, that’s why. If I were a betting man—I’m not—I would say, as I’ve said before, that the Democratic ticket will be Biden-Warren. Against them, Trump will not have a prayer. Do you think he will get away with insulting a grieving father who just lost his eldest son?
Van de Galien takes Trump to task for being an ill-mannered boor. Everyone is happy to see someone stand up against political correctness, but Trump, for all his bluster, is not the most politically incorrect of candidates. Being the rudest does not make you the most politically incorrect:
His views are actually remarkably politically correct on a large array of issues (he criticized Pamela Geller for holding a Mohammed cartoon contuest, he says the U.S. should take in adventurers from Syria even though it’s widely believed that ISIS is smuggling jihadis into the West dressed as refugees, and on and on), but he combines those views with behavior that’s downright aggressive and insulting.
Presidents set a behavioral standard. They become the role models for the nation. It’s entertaining to see Trump bullying people, especially Republicans. And yet, our current president is also a bully, in his own way. Do you want yet another bully in the White House?
Van de Galien writes:
Presidents have impact; their moral values become part of America’s (and the wider West’s) culture. If the president can talk about women in an incredibly disparaging way, why can’t little Johnny? And if the president can call everybody who disagrees with him “losers,” why shouldn’t little Betty do likewise?
The president sets the standard. And yes, the same can be said for presidential candidates. If they’re respectful of others, it has an impact on the people, their culture and their moral values.
It’s time for Trump to understand that he’s no longer “just” a TV personality or businessman. He’s a presidential candidate — the current frontrunner no less. If he takes that role seriously, he has to clean up his act and start behaving like a statesman.
If you are more boor than statesman, you will find, when the time comes to govern, that you have no allies. When you look to a Congress filled with members you have offended and insulted and vilified you will find that your agenda is dead on arrival. And you will also find that world leaders, to a man or woman, will make it their mission in life to wipe that smug grin off of your face.