Sunday, March 3, 2019

On Freak Shows and Song and Dance Diplomacy

Good Day World!

Politics in the Trump era has entered the entertainment market, morphing it into reality shows worthy of P.T. Barnum
Let's take a look today at the annual Conservative pilgrimage to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where freak shows are the norm.

This year's freak show performers didn't disappoint. Here's three quick examples:

* Trump the featured speaker, ranted about all the investigations against him, declaring they were "bullshit." (A very presidential word in this new era.) 
* A right-wing activist, Laura Loomer, lost her press credentials after harassing a CNN reporter who she felt contributed to her being banned from Twitter. 
* A right-wing blogger, Michelle Malkin called out the ghost of John McCain during a speech. She blamed him, and others for just about every perceived woe in America.

Related: Former Reagan Official Slams CPAC Speaker for raging against "the host of John McCain 
Related: CPAC Used TO BE About Conservative Ideas - Now it's Just a Circus

On Song and Dance Diplomacy

After Trump returned from his latest summit failure in Hanoi, Vietnam (that's three summits and counting), with North Korean dictator Kim, the world got another good laugh at his Art of the No-Deal.  

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed what most of the rest of the world already knows when he said, "President Trump should've now realized that the pageantries, photo-ops, and flip-flops don't make for serious diplomacy."

Every dictator on the planet realizes that all they have to do is a"Sword Dance" (See Trump's greeting by Saudi Arabia), and lavish Trump with praise and they can play him like a violin.

In a sickening side note; Trump treats America's traditional allies like adversaries, spending his first two years destroying America's values and international treaties.

No matter what kind of song or dance Trump embraces, he has his fan base to enable him. However, the rest of the world is on to his act.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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