Do we deserve The Donald?

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By John Hubbuch

Many people were stunned that Donald Trump got elected president last fall. His first six months in office have confirmed that he's a disaster. The pundits, who did such a terrible job of predicting his election, have put forth a number of explanations why this nincompoop won, including: Hillary was a terrible candidate, Hillary ran a terrible campaign, James Comey's machinations, Russian perfidy, the voters are too stupid — the list goes on and on.

There probably is some multiple-factor explanation, or maybe there is no explanation at all. Bad things happen.

But I'm not sure Trump doesn't simply personify America in 2016. 

In other words: He is us.

Trump has a narcissistic personality: exaggerated feelings of self-importance, spends lots of time worrying about his appearance, and has an excessive need for admiration. Tens of millions of Americans fit that profile. Isn't that the whole point of Facebook? Isn't a selfie the very epitome of narcissism? Look at me!

 Trump is a big patriot guy. Americans want to believe that America was, is and will always be the greatest country in the world. Who doesn't tear up when a wounded warrior walks out on to the Super Bowl field as the jets fly over in formation right before we get ready for some football. Remember the first days of "Shock and Awe" when we bombed Iraq? The country loved it. For a while. Trump promised he would Make America Great without involving the rest of the world. Who needs them? (OK, maybe the Russians.)

 Trump is a Material Guy. He goes bigly on the bling. He has the best of everything — wife, kids (some of them, anyway) hair, hotels, planes, ad nauseum. We Americans measure our success by how much money we make, the square footage of our homes, the specialness of our vacations, the front row of our seats and how much we can pay for a meal. If you're rich, you must be smart.

 Trump is a celebrity. He's been on TV. He says and does outrageous things. Americans love celebrity. We will watch reserve baseball players and old '70s sit-com TV actors dance on television. We get excited if the local weatherman has lunch where we are eating. We really want to know the names of Beyonce's twins. We all want to be famous. Donald Trump is famous.

 When I was on the District 97 school board, a referendum consultant told us that ultimately school districts get the schools they deserve. 

Maybe America got the president it deserved.

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Bruce Kline  

Posted: July 1st, 2017 8:11 PM

Kevin, I doubt Mr. Hubbuch will answer. But for me the answer is obvious. The answer lies with in the intrinsic nature of government and people. As Madison (Federalist #51) implied "...if men were angels..." but we're not. Therefore it is important for the people to be actively involved: go to meetings, read minutes, hold their representatives accountable to the people. Our representatives must be watched. You of all people - the "Watcher" himself - knows this. It was just less than a year ago, when D200 tried to do the same thing, by illegally hiring (or attempting to) a consultant to advocate for D200VoteYes. You were the one who watched and read the minutes, and then blew the whistle on that scam. All governments, tend to take advantage of the governed. That is why "watchers" like you are essential.Keep on watching my friend!

Kevin Peppard from Oak Park  

Posted: July 1st, 2017 3:38 PM

John: You stated " When I was on the District 97 school board, a referendum consultant told us that ultimately school districts get the schools they deserve." Why was District 97 paying for a referendum consultant, when schools are not supposed to spend money on advocating for or against referendums?

Jason Cohen  

Posted: July 1st, 2017 3:06 PM

@Noella, you are aware that Trump lost the popular vote by around 3 million votes right? Instead of assuming that congress is the issue here you might want to consider that our President appears to be a complete moron and that's why everyone else can't get behind his incoherent agenda.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: July 1st, 2017 12:10 PM

Get real. Trump can't do anything except screw up the GOP's agenda. The Congressional GOP is getting more and more frustrated with his unstable, mercurial behavior.

Barbara Joan  

Posted: June 29th, 2017 4:27 PM

President Trump was the best choice on the ballot. Crimillois with it's junk bond status is now the Venezuela of the USA. Oak Park is a village where Doublespeak has been perfected and resides within the boundaries of Crook County. .DOOP is next to Chiraq. The least of our concerns is Trump.

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: June 29th, 2017 3:17 PM

Unfortunately, Illinois' fate was decided by 20K voters in Madigan's 22nd District and Fred Eychaner. Those of us who did not vote for The Crypt Keeper are are being held against our will.

Cara Bosse  

Posted: June 29th, 2017 2:56 PM

Unfortunately, America's fate was decided by 70K voters in three Midwestern states and Vladimir Putin. Those of us who did not vote for Pumpkin Spice are are being held against our will. (Great column, John.)

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