Another word on Trump

I don’t get it. I’ve watched Trump since the beginning. He was smart, pushy and got the job done. His name became an icon. Never mind the various bankruptcies, he continued to survive. He just wouldn’t give up. What a man!

There was a time when he was within an inch of going totally broke and he just wouldn’t accept it. He fought back, worked hard and managed to save a small part of his empire, but most importantly saved his name. Since then he’s slowly regained some of what he had.

He only owns a tiny sliver of most of the properties which bear his name. But he was able to save the name and sell it. His dad’s name.

He’s become a reality TV star. His pay per show has gone from $50K during its first year to $1.5 million per episode today. Nice work.

Celebrity Apprentice. Off issue but sorry I can’t watch it. It’s just too stupid. I far preferred his first show, Apprentice.

So now Trump rolls around the country speaking to little groups, promising he’ll announce one day soon whether or not he’ll be a candidate for President. He rants against the folks in Washington. My God.

President of the United States? Are you kidding me? As much as I love this guy for his never say never attitude, for the fact that he brought himself back from the edge of extinction to a modicum of status, I just can’t buy that. Not even close.

What I don’t get is that he doesn’t seem to understand the damage he’s doing to his ‘brand’. His father’s name, now his.

Fred Trump was a real developer. A very good one. He left a lot of money to his kids.

Meantime, the Donald is now engaged in several businesses. He even sells vitamins.

He seems to need to convince people that he is a bigger man than his father. That he is at least worthy of the name.

That’s not going to work.

In any case I’ll have to remind him of this:


Do what thy manhood bids thee do,
From none but self expect applause;
He noblest lives and noblest dies who
Makes and keeps his self-made laws.

—- SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON

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