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Donald Houston was an actor. Donald McLean was a spy for the Soviets – so I suppose I don’t like him very much.
Then, of course, you have the Donalds that aren’t known as ‘Donald’. Don McLean of ‘American Pie’ fame. Don ‘Boys Of Summer’ Henley. Don Aase – who is apparently, according to Google, an American baseball player.
I know absolutely nothing about baseball. In Blighty, it is similar to a game played mainly by schoolgirls that we call ‘Rounders’.
Still, entirely due to regular commenter, Jess, who generously sent over, among other things for my soon to be born grandson, a T-shirt for me inscribed ‘San Francisco Giants’, I am about to become an aficionado of the game.
Even better, The Giants weren’t doing particularly well until I got my T-shirt. I checked their game as I wore it and they won! I am now the official British mascot of The Giants! At some point in the near future, I will hopefully fathom out what the hell is going on, baseball wise 🙂
Anyway, back to Donalds, and in particular, the most talked about Donald at the moment.
Donald Trump. President of the USA.
He isn’t, I have to admit, quite what I am used to, presidentially speaking. All this ‘Twitter’ stuff is slightly bewildering.
I have considered ‘following’ him, as you do on Twitter, but, as I don’t really ‘do’ Twitter, I haven’t.
To be honest, I don’t need to really. Everything he Tweets is on the news anyway.
What do I actually think of Donald Trump?
I think the most accurate thing I can say is that he does worry me a bit. Sometimes he worries me a lot.
The thing is, I don’t hate him. I don’t think I like him very much certainly. He doesn’t seem to be a very nice person.
No, I’m not talking about all this ‘building a wall’ stuff. Given that somebody has put a seesaw through the wall that is there already, and American kids are sitting on one end and Mexican kids the other with a fence between them tends to suggest Trumps wall is pretty much neither here nor there in so many ways.
I think what worries me the most about Donald Trump is that he actually represents something very real and, in many ways, very frightening. He represents us.
And no, before you throw a wobbly, I don’t mean that he represents ‘you’ in particular. I mean he ‘represents’ us in the sense that, despite rumors to the contrary, he is human.
There are an inordinate number of ‘humans’ who are very worried about ‘their bit of the world’. The bit they live in. The bit they call home. The bit they are comfortable in. The bit that, to them, is theirs.
It’s a bit like a complete stranger sitting down, uninvited, in your living room. If he was bigger than you, you would call the police. If you fancied your chances, you would throw him out.
That, to me, is where we are and that, to me, is why Donald Trump is where he is. The White House.
That, to me, is why an increasing number of Brits are up in arms about immigration.
More and more people are getting more and more worried about ‘their bit of the world’. Their ‘living room’.
It isn’t that they don’t want the strangers sitting down in their living room to not have decent lives. It’s just that they don’t want them to have decent lives in their living rooms or, come to that, at their expense – in terms of their quality of life decreasing.
This particular Donald has scored a home run – possibly several – by playing on these genuine and, in my view, understandable concerns.
If someone has a particular quality of life and believes, rightly or wrongly, that somebody else moving into their living room will reduce their quality of life, then they won’t be happy. They might well be wrong in their assumption, but they won’t be happy.
Somebody much further up ‘the food chain’ comes along and agrees with them and offers to sort it out and, ‘Hey Presto!’, they get the support and become President.
Donald Trump doesn’t appear to be particularly bright. At times he appears to be extraordinarily stupid and yet, not only has he managed to become President of the USA, it is seeming increasingly likely that he may well win a second term.
Donald Trump isn’t the problem. We are. Humanity – or, at least, the sections who see strangers in their living room.
I don’t like Donald Trump. He is the first Donald that I can categorically say I don’t like. Nevertheless, back to the wall (if you’ll pardon the unintended pun), if I had a stranger or strangers in my living room that I believed, rightly or wrongly, were having an adverse effect on my quality of life, would I vote for him?
The only honest answer I have is, I don’t know.
I hope I wouldn’t, but I might. That, to me, is the biggest problem the Democrats have – and I say that with the absolute certainty that I am ‘winging it’. I don’t live in the USA and my knowledge is hazy at best.
I just have this feeling that people who don’t like him might vote for him anyway. Just so they can keep their bit of the world for them.