Alex Blaze

Donald Trump and Mainstream Political Discourse

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 20, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: Barack Obama, barry soetoro, Bill Ayers, birther, Donald Trump

I have a modest proposition for people who like politics.

donald-trump.jpgThe next time you come across a policy idea and your first instinct, no matter what the merits of the idea, is to deride it as radical, when this new idea is something you haven't heard of before so your response to it is to scoff and tell the thinker that their idea is high-in-the-sky, ivory tower idealism with no basis in reality and no one could ever take it seriously because it's just too far from the mainstream, perhaps you could remember that, since we live in a time when someone can go on pretty much every television network, on real news programs that say they're discussing truth in the same universe as the rest of us live in, and say that Barack Obama's real name is "Barry Soetoro," that investigators in Hawaii are hunting down the president's birth certificate, and that a super-genius/Communist terrorist/Hemingway-protégé wrote his book, that perhaps the ideas that get discussed in mainstream media aren't picked because of any of the merits of the ideas themselves. Perhaps our mass media discourse is based on selling ideas that promote rich people, make rich people happy, and advance rich people's interests, and ideas that can't get a fair hearing in corporate media aren't really bad so much as they don't please the right people.

Or maybe not. Maybe it's OK to let the corporate media define the limits of reasonable discourse. Under that assumption, things like single-payer health care and banning marriage and taking away churches' tax-exempt status for non-charity work and increasing the highest tax bracket back to Eisenhower-era levels are too radical to even discuss, but the president's real name might really be Barry Soetoro and he changed it to Barack Hussein Obama in hopes that he could be elected president of the United States one day. img wikipedia


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Good Lord.

The next time you come across a policy idea and your first instinct, no matter what the merits of the idea, is to deride it as radical, when this new idea is something you haven't heard of before so your response to it is to scoff and tell the thinker that their idea is high-in-the-sky, ivory tower idealism with no basis in reality and no one could ever take it seriously because it's just too far from the mainstream, perhaps you could remember that, since we live in a time when someone can go on pretty much every television network, on real news programs that say they're discussing truth in the same universe as the rest of us live in, and say that Barack Obama's real name is "Barry Soetoro," that investigators in Hawaii are hunting down the president's birth certificate, and that a super-genius/Communist terrorist/Hemingway-protégé wrote his book, that perhaps the ideas that get discussed in mainstream media aren't picked because of any of the merits of the ideas themselves.

With a run-on sentence that long, I thought I was reading a Marla Stevens post for a moment. :)

Thanks for commenting on the substance of the post!

Rick Sutton | April 21, 2011 6:47 AM

Yikes. Ixnay on the Arlahmay references. Prison.

Kathy Padilla | April 20, 2011 1:10 PM

It's hard to deny the brilliance of changing ones name to Barack Hussein Obama as part of a well conceived, long term plan to be elected President if the United States. They considered "Lincoln Roosevelt Washington" first - but decided it sounded to foreign.

Yea! Yea! Yeeeea! It so was planed at his birth that he would be president! A name change had to occur! Barry Soetoro just would not cut it as a president's name! Hey, there, I have a few bridges for sale! You can collect tolls on them! You can become a Donald Trump! A pound of nickels is heavier than a pound of feathers! Go! Donald, Go! run for president! I really need to laugh a lot!

Barry Soetoro was the inspiration for this post. I think he's pretty directly making fun of the birthers, who seem to be eating it up.

Ahh the Donald strikes again now when he fools all of them and annocues hes not running the GOP can get on with the real business of picking candiadtes to face good old Barry.But realy unless the GOP comes up with somebody with a brain looks like im voteing for Barry this time around. Also seeing how the primary in Ga is open I may have some fun voteing in that one come primary day."insert evil laugh here"

Politics is a contact sport with no rules.

I might vote for Barry...when he shows his birth certificate.

Don't forget Trump's claim that Obama's Kenyan grandmother said his was born there. Only it wasn't his grandmother. And she wasn't on the phone - the translator was. And they were in the middle of a crowded noisy room. And when asked to confirm that Obama was born there, you can hear her yelling "no" in the background.

More alarming, if less funny, is Trump not understanding why someone was asking him his view on a constitutional right to privacy, and how it was related to the abortion issue. Nice.

Donald Trump is a caricature of a man--clownish and ignorant. What do we listen? What perverse entertainment does he provide?

You mean, someone just upstaged my Bill Lumbergh 2012 campaign?

"Uhm, yaaah, if you could just vote for me at 6am on Saturday, that would be terrific. Oh and if you all could just move a little bit to the right. Yah, that's it, greeeeat."