Donald Trump is like a Greek god

(AP)

Pushed to defend the various outrages perpetrated by his boss, Mike Pence took an interesting tack in Tuesday night’s debate. The GOP vice presidential nominee tried to invent a Donald Trump the likes of whom we have never seen.

To believe Pence, this imaginary Donald Trump has never lauded Vladimir Putin as a strong leader whom others should emulate, and he has never suggested that the United States might stand aside and let Putin invade NATO allies. This fictional Trump would never insult women or Hispanics or belittle just about anybody who dares to question him. He has also never promised to resolve our immigration problem by forcibly deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants, and of course has never said that the number of nations with nuclear weapons should be expanded.

This fictional Trump also has the temperament of an angel, the wisdom of a sage and the humility and sense of public service of a Mother Teresa.

Of course, it’s one thing for Pence to posit the existence of a rational, competent, self-controlled alt-Trump in a debate where Trump himself was only an off-stage presence. In Sunday night’s townhall debate with Hillary Clinton, we’ll get to watch Trump try to pull off the same illusion but in person, for a full 90 minutes, and that’s more difficult.

In their initial debate, Trump proved able to maintain a facade of rationality for the opening 15 or 20 minutes, the outer limits of his attention span. After that his focus faded, his discipline evaporated and the Trump familiar from so many rallies, speeches, interviews and Twitter storms angrily re-asserted himself. Republicans tried to deny the impact of what happened in the last hour of that debate— Newt Gingrich, for example, called Trump’s overall performance “an enormous, historic victory” — but as we’ve seen from the polls, voters came to a very different conclusion.

There’s a word for people such as Trump — he’s “protean,” after the Greek god Proteus. Like Proteus, Trump is a shape-shifter, able to assume whatever guise or stance best suits his purpose at the moment. It’s part of his great skill as a salesman. He demanded military intervention in Libya but now claims that he didn’t. He backed the invasion of Iraq but now claims to have opposed it. He rode the birther conspiracy to political gain, but now claims credit for killing it.

Most recently, Trump spent the past week promising voters that as a brilliant manipulator of the tax code, he would put the same “genius” that allows him to pay no federal income taxes to work in closing those loopholes. “I’m working for you now — I’m not working for Trump,” he says.

Yet when you look at his actual tax-reform proposals, Trump does absolutely nothing to close those loopholes. To the contrary, he proposes to expand those same loopholes for the wealthy and powerful and create new ones as well, to a degree that even conservative economists have said is irresponsible. On that issue too, he is protean, constantly shifting to whatever form suits his interests.

In Greek mythology, though, Proteus had a weakness: When trapped or cornered, with nowhere else to go, he would finally be forced to revert to his true self for everyone to see. The same is true of Trump: When given no avenue of retreat, his true self will always out itself.

 

 

 

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Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

This comes down to a real choice between a success$ful businessman who had to make payroll and an out-of-touch public servant who sat up in an ivory tower for decades making bad policy for millions. Who would you rather pick?The choice is beyond obvious my pals. The only person who can turn things around is the honorable Mister Donald J. Trump. Good night. Amen, Bill

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

“When given no avenue of retreat, his true self will always out itself.”

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...in a self-destructive sort of way. BOOM! HILLARY WINS!!!

VF
VF

Protean?  He is not.  He is a delusional psychotic -- cruel, racist, sexist, mean-spirited, hateful, and thinks much, much too highly of himself.  Who is this bizarre Oompa-Loompa to lecture and scold the lovely and pleasant former Miss Universe?  Or give screeds against Rosie?  And never, ever forgets an insult, real or imagined.  My question is, do the voices in his head tell him things, or is he like Bernadette of Lourdes and has visions?

JonathanYaeger
JonathanYaeger

As an interesting aside, in 1973 I went to Greece with a team of other American kids, to build a road in a small village as a goodwill project, and to tour that remarkable, historical land.


One night we were staying at a place called Metamorphosis, on the beach.  One of the other kids was walking alone along the shore, when a specter with a changing visage appeared in front of him.  Sometimes with a terrifying face; other times with a happy one, it appeared in front of him regardless of what direction he choose.  He was visible shaken by the experience.


I shared his story with some Greeks. One told me that it was rumored in ancient times, that the gods would change their faces on purpose, so you could never render them or "capture" their nature.


And so we have Trump.  Not a god (except in his own mind), but rather the Manichean compliment.



Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I think you left out some punctuation, Jay!  "Trump is like a Greek!  God!"


Of course, that casts terrible aspersions on the Greeks!

Paul42
Paul42

@rimsky

"Dude, who are you talking to?  Young people don't watch Fox."

Burn.  

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@rimsky Not the same without Stewart. But who I really miss is Colbert. He would have made a killing with Trump as GOP nominee 

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

Kamchak, Still waiting on you to admit you lied.  (I doubt that will ever happen, as you won't admit you were wrong, but nonetheless, I posted your "proof.")  You are one sick individual.


Paul42
Paul42

@SupremeGrandPoobah

You asked Kamchak for 'proof' for his post that Trump is a 'wererat'?!!?


Do you see why such demands lead people to not take you seriously?

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@rimsky @SupremeGrandPoobah @YouLibs He continued to insult me and really badger me saying that I could not prove that Muslims cheered on 9/11.  How he could possibly not be aware of that is virtually impossible, and I pointed that out.  Still the insults continued. All this "discussion" was in the previous blog topic.

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@honested @YouLibs @SupremeGrandPoobah  There was no argument.  He would not listen and chose instead to badger me on and on.  If he ever has the guts to respond, I will gladly leave this site and not come back.  The libs on here are just as bad, if not worse, than the cons they attempt to humiliate.

Paul42
Paul42

@SupremeGrandPoobah

"saying that I could not prove that Muslims cheered on 9/11.  How he could possibly not be aware of that is virtually impossible, and I pointed that out. "

For serious allegations, most here appreciate a citation.  

Do you see how that saying something like "Muslims cheered on 9/11" and later saying something like that is virtually impossible to prove costs credibility?

In order to assert that, one would have to either make it up or repeat it from somewhere.  About the only cite anyone has come up with is Trump.  Since he can't provide a cite, it's obvious he made it up.

If you make the same allegation, then it goes back to Trump as the source.  Since Trump made it up...

Do you see the problem?

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@Paul42 @SupremeGrandPoobah  I didn't even know about the crap with Trump.  I was referring to televised events that occurred on 9/11.  If he came to some conclusion that I was referring to the Trump crap, I can't help him.  I did not state "Muslims in America."  I just mentioned "Muslims."

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@Paul42 @SupremeGrandPoobah  Just a response in keeping with his pain in the rear approach to a simple post I made yesterday. 

He chose not to respond to the "proof" he insisted on, so I thought I would respond in an equally obnoxious manner.

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@Paul42 @SupremeGrandPoobah  I was trying to search for links about the celebrations and then became aware of the Trump issue, and posted a couple of links in that regard, and mentioning that one of the articles indicated that the NYPD Commissioner said he saw it in NY.  Whether it was a genuine quote or not, I don't know, but that was never what I was discussing in the first place.  Evidently he made an incorrect assumption.


Thanks for your responses.  I appreciate them.  My issue is strictly with Kamchak and his little toadie gotalife.

rimsky
rimsky

@SupremeGrandPoobah @rimsky @YouLibs I ignore one con instead of engaging his childish rant.

You don't like what Mr. Kam said then tell him not to engage you in your conversation.  Problem solved.

Paul42
Paul42

@SupremeGrandPoobah

Trump stated he saw it on television, too.

He could not provide any cites.

Neither could anyone who supports Trump.

Many took it as another of Trump's anti-Muslim statements designed to curry favor with people who are inclined to accept anything anti-Muslim.

He was not referring to Muslim celebrations in the Middle East.  He was referring to NYC/Jersey.  As so often happens with him, when he's confronted with something he's said that's obviously false, he goes into the 'I don't want to talk about it, that's old news" mode and hope people stop asking him about it.

You are correct, there are no citations, so the story is false.  The lesson here is to question the sources that feed you false information, not to focus on the personality of someone who takes issue with it.

rimsky
rimsky

Off Topic

Poland Abortion Law U-Turn: Lawmakers Back Down After Mass ProtestsThe withdrawal of legislation to introduce a near-total ban on abortion is a major setback for the ruling conservatives.          Proud of you people of Poland.

honested
honested

@rimsky 

Now if they will vote out the neo-fascist 'leadership' that put this stupid legislation forward.

gadem
gadem

@DaltonbywayofBickley @gadem They know their constituency. I would imagine if GOD told them to not support Donald, they would probably still support him.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@gadem Burning bush is only real if it tells you to support the Republican.