Saturday, March 5, 2016

Apparently, Size Does Matter

Given its increasing preoccupation with boyish concerns, the Republican 'presidential' debates are turning out to be anything but magisterial. With a persona carried over from his reality show, Donald Trump is apparently managing to convince a lot of people that it would be great fun to have a president who would be their own 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year reality program. And in what I imagine reality shows demand (I'm sorry, but I am not an aficionado of the genre), at least a soupçon of vulgarity is de rigueur:

Clearly, he represents a bargain for the American public: demagoguery, mockery, and an opportunity to "make America great again."

Not to be outdone on the size front, a stout proponent of states' rights, Tennessee, has adopted this as its 'official state rifle':

The Barrett .50 caliber rifle is a powerful gun. Widely used in the military, its rounds can "penetrate light armor, down helicopters, destroy commercial aircraft, and blast through rail cars".
At least now we know that both nationally and statewide, size does indeed matter.


  1. Trump has no self awareness Lorne. He doesn't see how ridiculous his hair piece looks and now he doesn't see how talking about the size of his penis in a political debate is a sure sign of vulgar macho insecurity. Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Neither should Trump and his "unexamined life" become president. When I think of the Founding Fathers and their scholarly discourse I literally cannot reconcile it with todays discourse of Donald Trump. If Jefferson represents the face and mind that created America, then Trump represents the face and mind that signals the end of America. An Empire in decline. Trump becoming President will be the final nail in America's imperial coffin.

    1. It is indeed incredible that it has come to this, Pamela. Perhaps Trump is the inevitable consequence when an empire declines as much as the U.S. has.