No doubt about it, Donald Trump is a different kind of politician. Politics has always been a nasty business, but it is usually done quietly through delegation. Politicians will publicly smile, speak in platitudes and niceties, and then privately turn their goons on their enemies. They will weaponize the IRS, have your cat killed to send you a message, issue threats through third parties, or have surrogates break into your campaign office. Never do they personally and publicly get mean. Not Trump. He has cut out the middleman. He’ll publicly call you a bimbo, stupid, fat, loser, liar, weirdo, mock your disability, threaten to sue you, say everyone hates you, etc. And his fans love it. Why is this? What has changed?
Most of us grew up with some form of the Golden Rule being drilled into our heads. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” In other words, be a decent person, and don’t be a jerk. But there was also another maxim we grew up with, “Nice guys finish last.” Obviously, we got conflicting advice.
Trumpism is the triumph of the latter over the former. The Golden Rule, otherwise known as the ethic of reciprocity, a principle found in just about every religion in the world, is dead in America today. And it was slain by the ethic of “Nice guys finish last.” So I got to wondering, what was the origin of “Nice guys finish last”?
It turns out that Donald J. Trump and “Nice guys finish last” were born at the same time and in the same place! Both were born around the summer of 1946, and both in New York, NY. Interesting, no?
Leo Durocher was the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 when he said what eventually got boiled down to its sound-bite form as “Nice guys finish last.” Donald Trump was born at the same time in the bordering borough of Queens and had that aphorism germinating in his brain his entire life. Now we are reaping the fruits.
One bit of irony and hypocrisy in all this is that many of the people who are apoplectic over Trumpism have for twenty years supported the most beloved man in the Democrat party, Bill Clinton, who did things that make Donald Trump look like a boy scout. So to those freaking-out over Trumpism who support Clintonism I say, “You might want to put some ice on that.” ;-)