Friday, September 30, 2011

Donald, you’re fired

The Great One sits at the center of his self-created universe, listening to supplicants plead their cases. Each is hoping against hope not to have offended the powerful one. He plays one off against another, and judges whose business career shall live and whose shall die.

Who is this powerful Great One sitting center stage? It is none other than "The Donald," Donald Trump, developer, TV star, promoter, self-promoter and, now, Republican kingmaker.

In the world of entertainment, Donald Trump has undeniable star power. At every opportunity, he tells the world how successful and rich he is, successful and rich enough that those seeking the Republican presidential nomination simply must go through "The Donald" on their way to the White House. Amazingly, his in-your-face style seems to have convinced both candidates and prognosticators that he's right.

Mitt Romney was granted his audience last Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have all made their pilgrimages as well. Godfather's Pizza founder and surprise winner of the Florida Republican straw poll, Herman Cain, is up next.

It's an odd spectacle because Trump does what he does on television, and television is not real.

We do not need more celebrity or more television. What we need are real leaders in the real world. Rather than pandering to a celebrity, those seeking our votes might better spend time seeking actual real-world solutions that continue to elude us. And we might stop entertaining ourselves to death watching The Donald.

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