Who Killed Cock Robin

D.W. Wilber
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Posted: May 05, 2016 12:01 AM
Who Killed Cock Robin

Well, to hear Donald Trump tell it, it wasn’t “the sparrow with his bow and arrow” who killed Cock Robin, it was probably Ted Cruz’s father who was responsible for doing in the famous nursery rhyme victim. Trump probably read it in the tabloids, so it must be gospel.

Considering the recent comments made by the Republican front runner implying that the father of Ted Cruz - until losing the Indiana primary Ted Cruz has been his main opponent for the Republican nomination for president - was also involved some way in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, presumably before running off to Canada. At least that’s according to Donald Trump’s close friend David Pecker, chief executive of the National Enquirer supermarket tabloid, who implied as much in a recent report.

Along with previous headlines describing the “Three-headed baby”, “Space invaders from Planet X”, and “Thirty foot long alligators in the New York sewer system”, the National Enquirer has cut its journalistic teeth on similar “hard news” stories over the years since its founding in 1926.

And while the tabloid scored some journalistic coups in recent years with their coverage of former Democrat candidate for president John Edwards, most of the stories reported in the paper are clearly intended for entertainment. Few educated people read the tabloid, much less believe any of the stories it reports in its pages. Apparently with the exception of Donald Trump.

I’m curious, if Trump wins the election in November and begins the process of selecting his cabinet and senior administration officials, will David Pecker be appointed Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, or perhaps his Director of Central Intelligence? After all, it seems that David Pecker has his finger on the pulse of the nation, at least as far as Trump is concerned.

It’s becoming more and more obvious that barring any shenanigans at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer, the New York businessman Donald Trump will be the party’s nominee for president in 2016. Why all the long faces at the RNC?

With Hillary Clinton still under the shadow of a federal indictment, what happens after the Republican convention is anybody’s guess. Will Hillary campaign wearing an orange jumpsuit, or will Barack Obama pardon her? Either way it’s pretty certain that Hillary’s defenders will continue to defend her no matter how much evidence of wrongdoing they are presented with.

After all, look at her husband Bill. The Democrat Party has given him a free pass for all of his sexual transgressions over the years, including allegations of rape and sexual assault. He’s been the one behind the real ‘war on women’. It seems that when the Clintons are involved it just doesn’t matter what they’ve done.

But voter anger, at least in the Republican ranks, has fueled the Trump campaign’s success so far. It’s hard to believe that any real thinking person can put much faith in all the promises that Trump has made. Voters have flocked to him as an expression of anger at Republican politicians who failed to live up to the promises they made to their constituents if they were given the Senate back in 2014.”

Once the Republicans took control of “the world’s greatest deliberative body” - cough, cough - they simply forgot or ignored the things that they told the voters who put them back into power. Is this what they call “Karma”?

Yes, it seems that the days of having true ‘statesman’ running for or serving in political office are long gone. No more towering figures to admire and look up to. We’ve become enamored with carnival hucksters and charlatans, and crooks and con artists.

I’ve argued in the past that Americans deserve better than what we’ve been given in recent years for candidates for every political office. But then again we are the ones who vote these people in. Do we really deserve better than a Nancy Pelosi, a Barbara Boxer, or a Mitch McConnell? Or do we get what we deserve?

My thinking is that until we start setting higher standards and hold our candidates to those standards, we’re going to continue to find ourselves faced with voting for the lesser of two evils. Or for game show hosts.