A friend tipped me to this video. It’s no secret. Hundreds of thousands of viewers have seen it, but I hadn’t.
My friend also sent along his comment:
How could the man in this video be a presidential candidate? Our media has debased people with trash for half a century and has shaped what we have become as a nation. Trump’s fear-mongering is a natural result of our political system and culture. When the hyped-up Cold War ended, we moved on to the hyped-up War On Terror. Uniting people through fear and bigotry has been a central part of US politics for at least a century. Trump is not an anomaly, he’s just showing us a central part of America’s personality. Someone should make a video of government officials talking about smoking gun mushroom clouds and WMDs in Iraq, and end with pictures of Abu Ghraib, Iraq’s massively bombed infrastructure, and the now one million or so dead in the country. When it comes to fear mongering, Trump is a dilettante. He should leave that sort of thing to the US government as aided by the Washington Post and The New York Times …
Somebody somewhere must have made that video. In an earlier era it was called the
Five O’Clock Follies.