Frank Zappa once said, "Politics is the entertainment branch of industry." He seems to have foreseen the current political scene. If politics has become entertainment, so too has entertainment become politics. In fact , a large majority of folks get their news and political perspective from entertainers these days.As a horrified portion of our country is coming to realize that Donald Trump is not going away and that buttressed by the non-sensical monologues of Sarah Palin, he's got a bit more traction than they'd like to admit, we recoil. Isn't this how Nazi Germany began. The diatribes and ranting of people who dare to say repugnant and outrageous things to an angry mob all too willing to buy the simplistic version of political reality are a natural consequence if you look at the bigger picture. What I'm saying here is that the rise of candidates like Trump isn't so mysterious given the course of history and this country's role in current affairs
We were due for this vitriol. Our demographics are changing, we've supported dictators and armed the wrong side of other nation's rebels so many times that the whole we find ourselves in is no surprise. As David Harris, the anti-war activist used to say, "when you do shit all your life, at the end all you've got is one big pile of shit." What part of that isn't clear?
I see folks like Palin and Trump as a last gasp. They bring a twisted smile to the lips of people who feel lost, small angry, frustrated and most of all incapable of understanding change. Add to that their lace of the empathy gene and the desire to make right with might and you've got the perfect audience.