The Cheapening of the Presidency?

I don’t think Donald Trump or Sarah Palin ever had any real plans to run for President. But they sure did get a lot of good press by making it sound like they did.


I don’t think Donald Trump ever had any plans to run for President of the United States. I think he used a fictitious bid for the presidency to promote his own private endeavors, his name and his television show “The Apprentice.” It cheapens the Office of the President to use it in such a fashion.

In most, if not all of the interviews I’ve seen Trump give around the possibility of running for president, each of them contained a shameless plug for “The Apprentice.” When asked if he’s going to run for office, he says he’ll “have to wait until June when 'The Apprentice' is over to make his decision. Or he’ll have to wait and see who the Republican candidate is, and if he doesn’t like them, then he’ll run. Sounds like he’s using any excuse to keep from giving a definitive answer one way or the other. Of course, it’s in his best interest to keep the public "on the hook" as long as possible and what a great way to avoid all the debates.

It’s also hard to believe that Donald Trump would give up the lifestyle he’s built for himself to take on a 24/7 job with immense stress attached to it. Just look at how quickly presidents turn gray. Why would he take on a job like that? He wouldn’t. But he does seem to be the kind of person that will take advantage of the highest office in the land to promote his own personal gain.

Sarah Palin pulled the same routine. I don’t think she really had any plans for a 2012 presidential bid. But her One Nation bus tour certainly was strategically planned to get many to believe she might be. She simply used the opportunity to promote herself, her TV shows and books.

Some might think it’s a brilliant marketing strategy, and in many ways, I suppose it is. Yet the Office of the President is about the good of the people, and the good of the country. We need the likes of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump to get out of the way and stop using it, and the attention they can garner for themselves by shamming interest, for their own personal gain. As a culture, we need to reassert the notion of the collective common good and lose the “What’s in it for me, regardless of what it does to you” mentality. Trump and Palin need to stop wasting our time, and stop wasting air time that serious candidates could be using.

On a side note, I find that my columns tend to get lots of comments from people that have missed the point of the columns. Based on past experience, I’ll probably get a slew of comments defending particular candidates, particular political parties or just politics in general. These people have missed the point. They are so wrapped up in “the political fight”’ that they can’t see the message, which isn’t about the worthiness of Donald Trump or Sarah Palin as Presidential candidates. It’s about the inappropriateness of using the Office of the President for personal gain. It’s about showing appropriate respect for the highest office in the land.

roy March 04, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I do trade in commodities options. They took gold off the FOREX exchange. Eventually only super-rich investors will have access to commodities futures and options trading. If the options go first then they will up the investment amounts so the markets are totally closed to any but the very rich.
Gene Bartholomew March 04, 2012 at 04:15 PM
That seems to be the plan, while they fuel the flames of hate and stupidity with Rush and fauxnews so that people don't even know they are being royally screwed, they actually cheer for their own screwing, that part is brilliant on their end, to control peoples minds with BS, in fact I hear that SCOTUS is hearing a case that would defend the GOP's rampant lying to the people as ==get this- "freedom of speech". It is very dissapointing to me to watch Obama sit while greedy AH's secretly trade in oil just to get rich while it continues to destroy our economy, if crude was reeled in, like they did with Standard Oil back in the early 1900's, to say $2.30 gallon, this economy would take off so fast and people would be back to work and not losong their homes. It is amazing how much damage this one bill did, and what suckers the right are for buying into the "its people who bought houses they couldn't afford" BS. CFMA of 2000 removed all rules for lending institutions in regard to ability to pay the loan, those regulations were enacted because the average person is incapable of controlling their spending, they will buy a house they can't afford if given the loan and a load of BS like "don't worry, trust us". Then the financial insitutions bet on the fact that these people would default, to make billions, and then we bailed them out, starting with the largest bailouts of W just so that the actual collapse didn't happen on his watch, its all in that video.
Michael Hayes March 04, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Hmmm, I'm not sure they make a Patch branded oxygen mask, but it's worth a look.
Gene Bartholomew March 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM
typical repubs, again you got nothing but insults and arrogance try the truth once in a while--- like you could
Gene Bartholomew March 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I just came up with an excellent example of this nations mentality. Take the whole right wing theory that Obama sucks so W is good, or Clinton cheated on Hillary so W is good. I look at it like this, think of the 2 Parties as 2 poisons, you drank Right Poison and that made you sick, so you drank Left Poison and that made you sick, So, the cure is to go back and DRINK RIGHT POISON?????????? Of course not, logically the cure is to stay away from both and start over.


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