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Saturday, July 25, 2015


A cranky opinion for


The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge on the topic opined.  Opposing opinions are welcome but may be ignored.  Mean spirited comments will be deleted, and as always, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!

This is neither an endorsement nor a rejection for Donald Trump as President.

The Republican Presidential campaign is beginning to remind of those high school Class President elections of days gone by.

Every year there would be several candidates for Class President. 

There would be Troy, the captain of the swimming team who was on the honor roll, editor of the school newspaper and perennial candidate for class office.

There was Sara, the ever serious flute player in the school band, also on the honor roll.

There was Bob, the head of the debate team, a math/chemistry genius, and future Valedictorian*.

Finally there would be Vinnie, the stoner kid.  He was smart enough to make the honor roll, but did not think the honor roll was cool.  The stoner kid may not have done hard drugs, but he hung with kids who did.  He smoked cigarettes, played left field on the baseball team, was very funny and would do crazy stuff just for attention.

Every year there would be a class assembly where the candidates would make a short speech vying for votes.

Troy would claim he could bring in soda machines to the cafeteria, and organize the best prom ever.  His speech was always followed by polite applause.

Sara wanted to get newer instruments for the band, and she would demand longer lunch breaks.  Her speech was always followed by polite applause.

Bob claimed that as the smartest kid in school, he was the most qualified to be President.   He promised to work hard to make sure the senior year would be the best school year ever.  His speech was followed by light clapping and a few snickers.

Vinnie promised to allow smoking in school, there would be pizza every day for lunch, he would fight for shorter school hours, more recess time, and a break room for students with a pool table, ping pong table and free soda.  His speech was followed by wild applause, foot stomping, and a chant, “Vinnie…Vinnie…Vinnie!”

It was at this point that Mrs. Gromawitz, the Vice Principal would step to the podium and demand quiet.  We would then get “The Speech!”

“Students, this is a very important election that will determine how successful your final year of high school will be.  This is not a popularity contest.  You must elect someone who is serious, not a clown!”

Vinnie never won.  The students, properly scolded, would vote for Troy, Sara or Bob.

We never got soda machines in the cafeteria, the band had the same old instruments, lunch breaks stayed the same, senior year was no different from any other school year, and the prom sucked.

Donald Trump is campaigning by telling people what others will not.  He is saying things others are afraid to say.  He is being outrageous and the people love it.  He is the high school Vinnie.

The press and the political elite are Mrs. Gromawitz. 

“Trump is a clown, this is not a popularity contest, this election is very important and will determine how successful the country will be for the next four years!”

Trump won’t win the election; he won’t even win the nomination.  He is not a clown, he is a very smart dude, but he doesn’t want to be President and probably would not make a good President.  He upsets too many of the wrong people.  He will shake things up.  He will put some focus on topics others try and skirt because taking a position can cost you votes, but he will not be elected. 

Most politicians pussy-foot around an issue to try and make everyone happy.  Trump will not pussy-foot around any issue.  He will piss people off.  He will say what he means and not be apologetic for it.  He is not ashamed of being rich and successful, he is not a clown. 

But don’t worry Mrs. Gromawitz; "The Donald" is not going to get the nomination.  We will find someone who is very serious and knows how to say something without really saying anything. The political elite will disparage and marginalize whatever he says.

We will elect a politician.

The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.

*No offense Val-the-Victorian.


  1. Love the analogy, and you are most likely correct. If he can push people to talk about issues that matter, then he's not a clown, he's right where he should be.

  2. No, he won't win, but he's not supposed to. Trump is not a republican, he's more democrat than not. He's helping Hillary get elected. Or at least he's trying to. I don't care for Trump. No more Bush's and no more Clinton's. We keep churning out the same old nothing election after election. BARF!

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    1. kind of like the high school elections, huh?

  3. i heard someone say this about trump: he's like the jerk on the bachelorette. you hope he sticks around for a while because he makes things more interesting, but you really don't want him to win in the end. :)

  4. Hi Cranky Man,

    Donald Trump's candidacy is causing a stir over there - and we are loving it in the UK - because it is so funny!

    Personally, I think what Trump is saying is ridiculous and offensive - but I can't help thinking about The Apprentice, when he went up in my estimation for the great way he slapped down those over the top candidates.

    This is one of my favourite clips - and I actually cheered for Trump:

    Since then, I have despaired about the way he is behaving and he has plummeted again in my estimations.

    And I kind of agree - he is clever.

    But let's hope he doesn't end up being President. I think that would be very scary.




  5. True, we will elect a politician and like one's senior year, nothing will change.


  6. Trump is only burnishing his ego and reputation.He'd shit a brick if actually forced to serve as president. But until the election, the Republican clown car has its driver. Too bad. I miss having a reasonable Republican party with statesmen I could disagree with, but admire.

  7. The first thing I always think about Trump is how he needs a new haircut. His hair freaks me out. And I hope you're right that he won't even get the nomination, let alone the presidency. These things matter to those of us outside your country, too.

  8. The words "Trump" & "President" do not even belong in the same sentence--"fishducky for President", however, has a nice ring to it!!

  9. I'm doing a similar post for Monday but think you have put the better post out first. Well done. Trump doesn't scare me, his followers do.

    1. too right, Patti. anybody can be a crazy, but to have enthusiastic supporters? OMG.

  10. No offense taken! That is every school study body president election I have ever witnessed.

    Trump is a distraction. Surely nobody actually thinks he will win the nomination.

  11. Yeah...Trump is really smart. Everybody who goes bankrupt four times is really smart.


  12. Trump may not be a clown, but with that hairdo (hairpiece?) one could be forgiven for thinking he might be. A little.

  13. My senior year of high school, Vinnie won. How's that for a dire warning, America?

  14. This country should not be run like a business. It is a country and it requires different skills although the ability to get out of bankruptcy a number of times could be an asset.

  15. He reminds me of our former failed governor & wrestler Jesse Ventura, the egomaniac. One of those people only out for themselves who knows how to stir up peoples worst fear and prejudices. Pathetic rich or not , smart or not. As to the rest how sad it is that such occupies our attention. Fortunately I take faith in Churchills words that "democracy is the worse of all forms of government except for all the rest.".....;)