It is true that we can’t compete with Trump when we compare ourselves to his billionaire, business, media, and entertainment categories. However, comparing other qualities of our lives to those of the giant, many similarities begin to manifest themselves. On closer examination we say, "Hey, he's just like the rest of us." Indeed we do share commonalities with Trump in many areas. Here are 20.
#1 Trump is a loner fighting the big system. Each of us stands alone confronting the same gigantic system.
#2 Trump is an outsider to the political ruling class. Do you know anyone on the inside?
#3 Trump is self-funded with no donations with strings. We each pay down our credit cards and write out checks from our own checkbook.
#4 Trump belittles famous and powerful people. One of our favorite pastimes is belittling our neighbors and co-workers in order to make us appear better.
#5 Trump lambasts incompetence when he sees it. If you don’t, you should.
#6 Trump is criticized for his lack of a plan. And, what is yours?
#7 Trump is prone to put his foot in his mouth. How does yours taste?
#8 Trump seems to genuinely like his family. Most of us do.
#9 Trump calls it like he sees it. Is there any other way?
#10 Trump is a braggadocio. Don’t we love inflating our little stories.
#11 Trump changes his position on issues. Did you ever do that?
#12 Trump is or isn’t a true conservative. Labels, labels, labels!
#13 Trump likes to flit around with the beautiful people. Who wouldn’t!
#14 Trump lobbies government on his own behalf. What do you ask for from your local politicians?
#15 Trump gets testy when reporters probe his personal life. And, you wouldn’t?
#16 Trump wants less government intrusion in his life. I doubt you disagree?
#17 Trump exposes his shadow side now and then. How well hidden is your dark side?
#18 Trump slaps back when attacked. Do you just take it?
#19 Trump wants more money. Do you know someone not in that line?
#20 Trump wants to make America great again. Who wants to make it worse off?
I stopped adding more at 20. If I had more time, I’d add more. How about you? How many can you add?
[ . . . The Donald is Everyman continued] Donald Trump is Everyman. His issues transcend time. His role in the presidential campaign exposes controversial distinctions between right and wrong. He battles radical conceptions of good and evil. The drama is the season’s top-rated Reality Show whose ratings beat soap operas and reality shows combined.
21st century producers of morality plays have no need to send actors and minstrels from town to town as in days of yore. The protagonist’s performance is acted out on a virtual stage, an electronic projection of his starring role delivered live to ear buds, eye phones, hand pads, and flat screens. In today’s morality play all action is simultaneously viewed and ubiquitous throughout the realm.
Recall William Shakespeare’s famous phrase, “All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.”
The starring role in today’s morality play has been awarded to Donald Trump. His entrance onto center stage is uncontested. In his time he plays many parts. He is the hero and the villain. Feared by members of the Rulers Club, pursued by the paparazzi, and acclaimed by the masses, Caesar returns to Rome. Approval or disapproval by the Academy is irrelevant. The show must go on! [return to beginning]
The archetypes that arise from the depths of the human psyche can be scary to behold and even challenging to embrace. They seem other worldly and out of reach to us common folks. The human response to primordial archetypes, in the case of the Hero, can be to adulate, emulate, and/or consecrate. Adulation can lead to imitation; emulation can lead to transformation, and consecration can lead to personal integration. In the case of the Villain, our response can be to denounce, deny, and/or destroy. The results can be these: denouncing the devil will not make it go away; denial of evil does not lessen its power; and, any attempt to destroy an archetypical monster will embed it even deeper into one's unconscious.
As individuals we channel the Hero and the Villain. As individuals we do not create the hero. However, as the collective we ascribe hero status to those who arise to take up the sword to fill the hero’s role. Likewise, we do not create the devil. Our collective conscious ascribes evilness to those from the underworld, who threaten our customs, mores and very existence.
In summary, The Donald is the manifestation of the Hero, not because we crowned him so. Rather is the hero because a significant segment of the citizenry acknowledge his heroic persona and relate to his heroic qualities.
The Donald is an incarnation and personification of the Hero, a character larger than life, who fights and conquers the forces of evil to return peace to the realm. Examples of Heroes in literature are Hercules, Ulysses, Sir Lancelot, and Superman.
The Donald for others is the incarnation of the Villain, a character who opposes the Hero or whom the Hero must annihilate in order to recapture a lost treasure. Examples of Villains in literature are Long John Silver, Captain Hook, Moby Dick, and more recently the Joker from Batman.
One is hard pressed to identify another person, in addition to The Donald, who carries the mantel of the Hero on the national political scene today. Hollywood actors play the parts of heroes. But after shooting their scenes and mouthing their lines they return to their pampered lives. Hardly heroes. Name a politician who qualifies as a hero. Politicians gain stature from their position and their rank. American politics is not a meritocracy. From the point of view of the American citizens politicians qualify more as villains, enslaved to their special interests and chained to the demands of their donors. How do you spell puppetocracy!
Can you not respect a man who puts his own wealth on the line, picks up the torch of freedom and takes his stand against the entrenched corruption of the most powerful, self-serving mega-politicial machine on the planet? He declares his purpose is to return Power to the People and Make America Great Again. Can you think of another person who vows to fight the machine in such a dramatic and compelling fashion as The Donald? No, of course not. The politicians are the machine! There is no Donald but The Donald!
Is it really that hard to understand why large swaths of beaten down, battered, and ignored citizens are awakened from a collective coma, inspired by a leader who claims he’ll regain their identify “of the people, by the people, and for the people/“ He promises to return their lost rights, stolen benefits, and constitutional protections, which are enumerated in the country’s founding documents?