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What Saves America from the Blight of Trumpery?

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Not the Left, Relishing the Amateur Wedge Slicing Chronic Wedge Politics

As a verb, "Trump" is true to its meaning, a sudden power play that negates a vulnerable action. Thus, the Donald's graceless indictments of immigration and immigrants, US "loser" status, fellow candidates and journalists, US trade and foreign policy (for not being belligerent enough!), all without visible positive alternatives. He "trumps" but does not solve. But in its fanciful nominative form, Trump's name shines as "Trumpery" describes both his campaign and his low-brow appeal to the disgruntled and disempowered.

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Trumpery, per the dictionary

-- practices or beliefs superficially or visually appealing with little real value or worth.

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-- nonsense, rubbish, as in jewelry

--delusive or shallow, often implying deceit.

So far none of the usual suspects, let alone the well-paid king's men, counter the terror of the Teflon Trump. He may last well into the primaries, even take his anti-everything message (except "Trump can make America great again") until the Convention. One undeniable surprise: the once farcical Republican boast -- "look at our remarkably strong team of candidates this year" -- is utterly kaput. One mouthy Trumpster, one Fox debate, and the allegedly credible, experienced frontrunners run for their lives, some with shock and awe.

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Their bad for high-priced advisers caught unawares.This, from a very sobering New Yorker overview of Trump's scary fringe supporters, justifies his calculated demagoguery: "I play to people's fantasies," he writes in "The Art of the Deal," his 1987 memoir. "I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration--and a very effective form of promotion."

So, what force stops this deceptive promoter from mucking about, playing at politics? And who answers Matt Taibbi's challenge, "Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny"? His splashy "blunders" only rev up the Donald's militant confederacy of dunces, sucking up contradictions and vitriol like chocolate kisses. Reversals are in! Yet, not cable or print media, not establishment Republicans, not opposing wingnut candidates, certainly not Democrats can end his summer's contagion of palaver. Why Dump the Trump, say Democrats, with neither the money nor smarts to match his cudgel, cracking open two decades of thunderously divisive wedge politics? Let us appreciate the Trump drone, igniting bombs that could permanently disable the billionaire force field.

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For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)

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