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'Free' Cash, The Irresistible Offer Trump Can't Refuse

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To pinpoint the Trumpster as full of sound and fury but void of heroism, compare his caricature with Joseph Campbell's depiction in The Hero with a Thousand Faces:

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A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

Blowhards without any political record promise marvels that defy belief (great walls paid by others, "job-creation second only to God"). True heroes risk life and limb and achieve triumphant marvels, then return to serve the common good. Beware the Trumpery of declaring himself "winner" before battling "fabulous forces" on major, primary battlefields. Irony as oversized as his mouth: if CEO Trump stopped to appraise his own, utterly empty resume, would he not instantly sputter, "Get your sorry ass out of here. You're fired before you hired"?

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For what a career of serial greed kept him from doing is learn the craft of politics. And now this sham independent has the nerve to promote this ultimate hustle: "elect me for what I am not," a puppet owned by corrupt special interests. Imagine everything else the Donald is not, like a thoughtful, compassion leader with demonstrable political wins. And what devious tycoon (infamous for defending deceitful dealmaking) comes without corrupting interests, like rampant ego, vainglory and adventurism? What devious scoundrel would not equate the fiction of permanent self-financing with moral purity? And when did Trump major in the public charity business, expending his treasure in a quest to restore lost American greatness?

That delusion is about to end, as Trump's polling success now requires oodles of money to stay competitive beyond his likely personal cash reserves (or desires). And that means Plan B, an automatic shift since his seeded "business gambit" is working. "Self-financing" is already old news, as Trump readies to embrace the freest money available to any venture capitalist, whether running for office or running an office. What cash comes with fewer actual strings than woefully-regulated, limitless campaign "donations" virtually free for the taking?

And all this bait and switch requires is for Trump to redefine that what is for all other politicians crude bribery ("ownership") is for this moral exemplum mere "investments" without any "strings attached." Please. This faux, newly-hatched "conservative" (by dubious agreement with week with the RNC) would never sell himself ("I'm too rich to be bought"), only find alteratives to make "America Great Again." So open the floodgates, per CNN, not just for Trump-friendly superPacs and 501(c)3 non-profits (source anonymity), but simple "investments" from ordinary folks. Trumpery by nature must expand to succeed.

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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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