Friday Night Think Tank: Are We Hopelessly Trumped?

Are We Hopelessly Trumped?It’s Friday night, Modern Philosophers!

I know the Friday Night Think Tank has been closed for a long time, but it’s a gorgeous night, Def Leppard is in concert across the river, and I thought it would be a perfect night to reopen the place and fill it with Deep Thoughts.

It’s been a very long week for me, and I’m glad that it’s finally over.  Who’s up for a little light philosophy as the Heavy Metal blasts in the background?

Nothing makes me unwind more than putting on my toga and just letting the Deep Thoughts flow…

This week’s topic:  Are we hopelessly Trumped?  Can the worst case scenarios really be that horrendous?  I mean one man can’t bring about the Apocalypse all by himself, can he?

I don’t know what to think anymore, Modern Philosophers.  This all started out as a ridiculous prank and publicity stunt that lent itself to funny blog posts and an incredible number of late night monologue jokes.

I figured I’d milk the easy Trump humor for a couple of months and then he’d fade away and leave the Republican Presidential nomination to one of the actual politicians.

How did it ever get this far?  How is Donald Trump the Republican nominee?

Friday Night Think Tank: Are We Hopelessly Trumped?Of course, as easy as it is to believe that Trump would be a horrible President, is it even possible that he can actually be that bad?  Doesn’t our political system prevent one branch of the government from having too much power?  Wouldn’t people step in to shut down Hurricane Trump before it caused too much destruction?

And what about the man himself?  He can’t really believe all the nonsense that spews from his mouth.  If he were elected President, he’d tone it down and act like a normal human being with common sense and morals, right?

It’s a tough one to call, but as frightened as I am of Future President Trump, something inside me tells me that America won’t turn into a Mad Max style wasteland after Trump spends a few years in the White House.  We did survive George W. Bush if you recall…

What do you guys think?

In this week’s column on The Good Men Project, I take a deeper look at what might be going on inside Trump’s head.  Originally entitled “What If Trump Just Needs A Hug?“, it boldly goes where no one else dare tread.  Can we just hug it out with Trump?

You can find that article here:

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Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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18 Responses to Friday Night Think Tank: Are We Hopelessly Trumped?

  1. Sheila Moss says:

    You make me weep talking like that. I think he would continue to run his big mouth and blame everyone but himself, probably destroy the world economy, and possibly get us involved in an all-out war by trying to bully our enemies.

  2. A says:

    I’m so glad the Friday Night Think Tank is back!!! This *might* be my favorite of all your series 🙂
    Oh Austin, I just can’t wrap my brain around this whole Trump situation! How can there be so many Americans who think he should be the most powerful man in the world?!! You make a good point, we did survive W. but STILL, Trump is worse. I can’t imagine what other world leaders must think, it’s embarrassing.
    Now I must go read your article at The Good Men Project!

  3. I can’t believe so few comments about Trump. And I am quite disappointed in myself that I do not have much to add. I think he can be and is as bad as he seems and perhaps even worse. I’m wondering if, like many bully blowhards, he can be easily manipulated. However, it seems that he also cannot be easily controlled. Ah, a conundrum. I could philosophize about that at greater length, but extended contemplation of His Boviatedness makes me feel rather ill.

  4. He can be that bad and he will be that bad. I hated W. All 8 years of him. But this is a totally different animal. I truly can’t understand how anyone with half a brain would vote for this man. I know you’re not a Hillary fan (!), but she is quite possibly the most qualified person to ever run for President. Ever. I don’t know how it’s remotely close as to who to vote for. I am disappointed in my fellow Americans. It seems to me 8 years of a black President has all these white males squirming about what’s been denied them and taken away from them and whatever else they imagine, and all that has paved the way for Hurricane Trump. He terrifies me. I would not underestimate him for a moment.

    • Austin says:

      What makes Hillary the most qualified person to ever run for President? That’s quite a bold statement…

      • All of the following information is easily verified by any independent fact checking source. I would add that since 1992, she has had major accomplishments despite a never ending attack on her by the right, years and years of investigations that yield absolutely nothing. And now for lack of anything else she’s accused of “enabling” her husband to have affairs. If my husband has an affair, it’s sure as hell not because I enabled him. And if I chose to stay with him anyway, well, lots of people do that. They’re just not in the public eye.
        If you don’t like her politics, where she stands on issues, that’s fine. We all feel differently about these things. But the constant attacks on her character and qualifications are grossly unfounded. Nothing she does or doesn’t do is ever good enough. She’s too loud or too soft. Her clothes are too frumpy. Or not. Her hairstyle is flattering. Or not. And it’s hard to imagine a man being treated the same way, although it sounds very similar to how Obama has been treated for eight years despite having inherited a mess and managing to turn the country around. I’m just wondering if anyone other than a white male in the oval office will ever be enough. Am I pissed? Yes. Do I think most people are overtly racist and/or sexist? No. But that’s where we find ourselves. There is a reason women and minorities rally around Hillary. Cause we get it.

        From her website:
        Hillary attended Wellesley College, where she became more involved with social justice activism. By the time she graduated, Hillary had become a prominent student leader—she was elected by her peers to be the first-ever student speaker at Wellesley’s commencement ceremony.
        After college, Hillary enrolled in Yale Law School, where she was one of just 27 women in her graduating class.
        After law school, Hillary went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, going door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts, gathering stories about the lack of schooling for children with disabilities. These testimonials contributed to the passage of historic legislation that required the state to provide quality education for students with disabilities.
        After serving as a lawyer for the congressional committee investigating President Nixon, she moved to Arkansas where she taught law and ran legal clinics representing disenfranchised people. She co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, one of the state’s first child advocacy groups.
        As first lady of Arkansas, she was a forceful champion for improving educational standards and health care access.
        As first lady, Hillary tenaciously led the fight to reform our health care system so that all families would have access to the care they need at affordable prices. When the insurance companies and other special interests defeated that effort, Hillary didn’t give up. She worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health coverage to more than 8 million children and has helped cut the uninsured rate for children in half.
        In 1995, Hillary led the U.S. delegation to Beijing to attend the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women, despite being told by some officials not to go. She gave a groundbreaking speech, declaring that “human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights once and for all”—inspiring women around the world.
        In 2000, Hillary was elected to the U.S. Senate.
        After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Hillary pushed the Bush administration to secure $20 billion to rebuild New York and fought to provide health care for responders who were at Ground Zero. Hillary worked across the aisle to expand TRICARE, giving members of the Reserves and National Guard and their families better access to health care.

        And when President Obama asked Hillary to serve as his secretary of state, she put aside their hard-fought campaign and answered the call to public service once again.
        After eight years of Bush foreign policy, Hillary was instrumental in the effort to restore America’s standing in the world. Even former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said she “ran the State Department in the most effective way that I’ve ever seen.”
        She built a coalition for tough new sanctions against Iran that brought them to the negotiating table and she brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that ended a war and protected Israel’s security. She was a forceful champion for human rights, internet freedom, and rights and opportunities for women and girls, LGBT people, and young people all around the globe.

      • Austin says:

        I think you used up all the comments space for my entire blog!

  5. Laidig says:

    Since visiting my country a few days ago, he’s been asking Scottish MPs to stand with him during his campaign. So far, they’ve all said no. And the reception at his golf course wasn’t exactly friendly (unless you’re Mexican, in which case the waving of the Mexican flag and naughty words on placards was the equivalent of flicking the Vs at him while shouting “solidarity amigos”). I see a distinct lack of hugs for your man there 🙂

    Can’t help but think the only reason you guys survived George was because he was so heavily managed…

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