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What I wish I’d said about Trump, but didn’t have vocabulary

Associated Press

OPINION: There are things I wish I could have said about Donald Trump, but at the time I couldn’t.

I wish I could have said that listening to him was like putting your ear to a tin can on a string and discovering a decomposing squash on the other end of the line. The sound of amplified mush.

But I couldn’t. Nor could I say that his face had the eerie, vacant look of a crash test dummy getting a gangrenous toe amputated: something is wrong here, some law of nature is being transgressed. I could not say it was possible to fit his moral compass inside a fob hanging in a drawer inside a Sylvanian Family glory box. A tiny heirloom for the family unit that doesn’t need oxygen …

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  1. Russell

    November 13, 2018 at 7:07 am

    We are suffering from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

    Being nature-deprived results in people having little respect for their immediate surroundings, a situation that is having alarming implications for our collective future.

    As a species we seem intent on fouling our nests to the point where we threaten the very life-support system that sustains us. It’s irrational but it’s happening. In our daily lives we separate ourselves from nature by hermetically sealing ourselves inside climate-controlled and artificially lit buildings, cars and shopping centres.

    Consider industrial farming practices that enslave animals causing pain and suffering; overfishing to the point of extinction; acidification of oceans from increases in carbon dioxide pollution; diminishing global forest cover (the lungs of the planet); mass extinction of species; water, soil and air pollution. How can we do these things and think it isn’t going to negatively impact on us as a species?

    This dislocation has its origins in societal structures which split mind from body, spirit from matter, male from female .. and ultimately humans from nature.

    This dualism values competition over co-operation and creates imbalances in power relationships which result in ‘man’ being at the top .. and nature at the bottom.

    There’s a lot of false hope being espoused by vested interests that we’ll “invent technology that will save us from our actions, just in the nick of time.”

    Similarly the wisdom of the feminine, and those who live close to nature, is often considered less rational and unscientific, and is less valued as a result. Throw in a good measure of “fear” and it’s easy to see how the power imbalance is maintained.

  2. max

    November 12, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Morrison is a caricature of Trump, or is it the other way around?

    Both are trying to run a country with only themselves in mind, not the country. Both are under the total control of Big Business and are not thinking of the long term future, only the here an now.

    We, the people, can only hope that we can survive their hopefully short term at the helm.

    • Simon Warriner

      November 12, 2018 at 11:34 am

      No Max, we can do far more than merely “hope”. “Hope” is truly the opiate of the people, far more than religion or shopping, or even sport.

      We, The People, can learn from this roiling idiocy and come to realise that Morrison, Trump, and all the other emperor wannabe twits with their bollocks on full public display are the inevitable result of the inexorable decline in standards that is baked into party politics.

      I am still not entirely sure Trump is not playing the fool as a means to avoid a dose of the Kennedys while he sabotages the deep state that has given us endless war, refugee tsunamis, and the erosion of the middle class so critical to the functioning of democratic government. Time will tell, as it always does. Either way, he is certainly playing the part convincingly.

      When you elect a group of people whose defining characteristic is their preparedness to support an idea or position that is in conflict with the interests of the people they are employed to represent, you have ensured that your interests will not be well served. The truly competent will not play that game, and thus they become absent from government. We therefore wind up with the likes of Rudd, Abbott, Turnbull (yes, him too) and Morrison. Ambition in spades but lacking the humility to actually listen to those they pretend to serve, and riddled with past indiscretions to be exploited by the opportunistic seeking advantage for their own ends.

      Look at where we are now .. and tell me I am wrong.

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