Trump Is The Savior
Donald Trump is a god-send to the Democrats. He may also be the savior of the Republican party.
Trump has zero chance of being elected president, his touted "honest" rhetoric and so-called double digit polling notwithstanding. Just as likely, Bernie Sanders has zero chance of being elected president, his honest self-description as a "democratic socialist" notwithstanding. But that's a story for another time.
In a campaign field of some 16 of the most polarizing and self-defeating Republican candidates ever collected in one race, Trump outshines them all with his penchant for letting his mouth overload his ass.
Donald Trump, in my opinion, isn't crazier than an outhouse rat the way I believe most of the other GOP candidates to be, but he runs a close race. Despite being savvy enough to become a billionaire, he isn't a savvy communicator by any stretch of the imagination. That provides two services to the thinking electorate: One, it exposes the least intelligent portion of the electorate to public scrutiny, and provides the rest of us with a measure of the outhouse rat, or "OR" Factor as I call it. This OR Factor is my unscientific measure to describe candidates' craziness and/or stupidity, as well as that of their supporting electorate. It reduces the need to try and discern the intelligence and reasonableness of either.
Second, it exposes completely, the utter lack of reason and/or measure of insanity and stupidity exhibited by the GOP candidates. The OR Factor also exposes to voters in both parties who still have their intelligence and reason intact, the number of outhouse rats who may actually vote for, and influence the election of other outhouse rats charged with representing and drafting potential legislation. God help us all.
Now before you left-leaning, liberal friends say that the second point isn't possible - you know, having intelligent and reasonable Republicans within the ranks of the GOP, I implore you to draw upon your own mythological ideology of being the party of reason, tolerance, diversity, and inclusiveness. I use the term 'mythological' to describe this fantasy of Democratic party members and liberals, because during a perfectly civil political discussion thread on Facebook a few years ago, I was told by a rabid liberal Democrat to *@*#-off and die!" She apparently couldn't fathom any form of civil, centric views. So much for reason and tolerance.
The point is, those in the GOP who have survived the OR Factor will possibly be able to, in the coming years, sweep away the ruins of madness, insanity, and stupidity within their ranks, at both national and local levels, and begin to rebuild a political party on a foundation of reason and intelligence.
But let's be clear: Those of you in the GOP who are survivors of the OR Factor are sure to be left in the shadows of election defeat and disappointment yet again in the coming election. Pay attention now, and begin to plan for your reconstruction.
As for you Democrats, Trump may very well assure your party of at least four more years in the Oval Office, despite fielding candidates with less than stellar records of political acumen and moral character. His sound-bite stupidity may be the saving grace for whichever Democratic candidate, moral character aside, becomes the party's candidate for president.
So thank your lucky stars, Democrats and Republicans. The OR Factor will be the saving grace for both your parties!
It will, however, be the short-term bane of intelligent voters across the land, wherever they may be hiding, and whatever their political affiliation may be.
Rick B. Baker
July 22, 2015
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