Of course we are not speaking of a TV series, a New Jersey Rocker, or an owner of a major league baseball franchise. That kind of leaves us with our star attraction, pictured above.

It is really so much simpler than what all of us have been working ourselves up over. “What is simpler?”, you ask? Why the appeal of Donald Trump to certain elements of the electorate.

Never mind the racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic undertones—or as some allege, overtones of Trump’s campaign for President. Never mind his long slate of accomplishments…three wives and four bankrupticies. No, what these voters are looking for is simply a boss. After all, as much as he has been criticized for actions independent of Congress (as have many of his predecessors) President Barack Obama lacks the absolute power over his realm that Trump exercises over his dominion.

But the image of Trump as a boss who gets things done seems to be very stromg with the public. The source of that image? Mostly Trunp himself, whose bluster in the campaign to date at heart consists of him telling people he will do what he says with no substance to how he hopes to accomplish this.

And, of course his legacy as host of a contrived and manipulative “reality” television series, The Apprentice, on which he was the contrivingest, manipulatingest element of all does nothing but enhance his boss image. After all, who would not want to pit several contestants against each other in rigged competitions so that, even if all performed admirably and the margin of difference between the teams was negligible, one of the team members would hear the dreaded, “You’re fired” at the end of each episode. Great televison, bad business practices.

(Full disclosure—I viewed pretty much all of the first season of The Apprentice, a few episodes of the second season, and have sporadically seen snippets of a few episodes since, especially as it morphed into The Celebrity Apprentice)

In these public endeavors Trump had no Board of Directors to contend with, let alone a recalcitrant Congress, only the sychophantic comments of long time associates/aides or adoring children.

The potential voters who have demonstrated a willingness to vote for someone perceived as a no-nonsense, accomplish at all costs boss are wallowing in self-delusion.

Deporting all illegal or undocumented immigrants is an impossible, budget busting no-go financially and as a matter of practicality in simply rounding up all the folks eligible for deportment and observing their lawfully guaranteed procedural rights, a pipe dream of the first magnitude.

And building the Mexican wall? Puh-lease!

In foreign affairs he would have the U.S. virtually bludgeon other nations to submit to our will. “ISIS, be gone!” “China, take your part of our National Debt and wipe it off your books to repay us for your financial sins against the U.S.”  And so on and so on.

Some people lie to themselves by rejoicing in Trump’s unilateral approach to politics. But upon his inauguration on January 21, at 12:01 p.m. a giant alarm clock (perhaps designed by Ahmed Mohamed?) will clang his supporters into the reality of the real political world, just as ordinary alarm clocks, on Monday morning awaken the working world from their weekend reveries.

And just as commuters find that road construction has persuaded everybody to take the usualy less-traveled shortcuts that are now clogged, so wil Trump believers find the shorcuts their idol has promised them are also clogged, but in this case due to Trump closing the main arteries that usually serve so well.

Neither Congress, the Supreme Court, nor other world leaders are “at will” employees dispatched on a whim. They will not be Apprentice applicants cowering before him, but rather strong leaders with their own power bases and paychecks not signed by The Donald. Gary Busey they ain’t.

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  • Reg Henry  On September 29, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Yes, mate, that pretty much sums it up. Well said.

    • Devildog  On September 30, 2015 at 2:24 PM

      Hi Reg. How’s everything? You call that summing it up? Let me attempt to do that. Buffoon! In this case, I’m just talking about Trump.

  • umoc193  On October 1, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    I am in no way insinuating that these are calls for a dictator in America, but the quotes do track my message here that Trump’s popularity lies in his image as a boss who can get things done to his will.


    • Devildog  On October 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      The article says a major factor in Putin envy is his passage of an anti-gay propaganda law. You have a lot of chutzpah to link an article like that for us to read. You must have Salon envy-if you can’t stop reading it how about at least stopping linking it.

      • umoc193  On October 15, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        Would you prefer I link to Infowars? Or have you already memorized its content?

        • Devildog  On October 15, 2015 at 9:57 PM

          Infowar? What’s that? Just don’t offer up links as stupid as that one which said that a major factor in Putin envy is his passage of an anti-gay propaganda law. Do you believe that? Hope not!

      • umoc193  On October 27, 2015 at 12:44 AM

        Actually the reference is this, ” There are likely many factors at play here, not least of which is Putin’s anti-gay “propaganda” law, passed under the guise of Orthodox Christianity.” That says one factor and not the least is Putin’s anti-gay stance. It does not say it is the main one. But you ignore the rest of the piece which details the extent of Putin envy.

        And you lie when you deny knowledge of Infowars. Shame shame shame.

        • Devildog  On October 27, 2015 at 8:12 AM

          I have tried to caution you several times about your inability to distinguish between fact and opinion and between lie and mistake. I do not have any idea what the heck Infowar is(with a capital I). I assume you are not talking about information claims back and forth between opposing sides. Educate me please-it seems that I might learn (some more) talking points.

          Putin-I said major factor not main factor. The article supports my use of main factor. Not to speak for those who have Putin envy but I doubt that the anti-gay law rises to even a factor much less a major factor or even a “not the least” factor. More likely, it is not even Putin envy but, rather, anti-Obama envy.

          Has your opinion of the Ahmed Mohamed matter changed? Your, our, president in action! What a farce!

  • Little_Minx  On October 10, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Keep waiting for Trump to praise Hungary’s concertina-wire fencing to keep out refugees from Syria etc.

  • Little_Minx  On October 15, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    With any luck, Trump will be out of the running by the time he hosts SNL 🙂

  • Little_Minx  On November 5, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Oh, noes! Those evil scientists are at it again:

    • Devildog  On November 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      Thanks Minx for supporting with your link what I have said on more than one occasion. Tell me the title of a “social science” study, and by whom it was conducted, and I will tell you the findings! I look forward to your posts, and your links, as I am always grateful for your assistance.

      • Little_Minx  On November 6, 2015 at 12:01 PM

        Au contraire, dd. Thank YOU for being the epitome of a closed mine!

      • Little_Minx  On November 6, 2015 at 12:04 PM

        Au contraire, dd. Thank YOU for being the epitome of a closed mind!

        • Devildog  On November 6, 2015 at 12:37 PM

          It appears as if you might actually believe the study might have some validity.

          • Little_Minx  On November 6, 2015 at 3:55 PM

            There he goes again…

            • Devildog  On November 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM

              Who? Where?

  • Little_Minx  On November 6, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    The news keeps getting worse for conservatives.

    The latest Pew Report indicates further decline in religiosity among Americans, especially younger ones (demographics will take care of more religious older folks).

    Exxon-Mobil is being investigated for a decades-long cover-up of their own scientists’ warnings re man-made effects contributing to global warming. (Other energy companies may also be investigated).

    Dr. Ben Carson is making ever more wacky pronouncements — like claiming that, like him, not a one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had ever held elective office (the rest of us learned otherwise in grade school), and that Joseph had the Egyptian pyramids built for grain storage. Meanwhile, The Donald’s still being the bullying dinosaur T. rump.

    And in the wake of Tuesday’s election, PA’s. Supreme Court will have a Democratic majority for the next decade (imagine if a GOP gerrymandering of electoral districts following the 2020 Census gets appealed to them)!

  • Little_Minx  On November 6, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Dr. Ben Carson’s Presidential candidacy going down in flames in 3… 2… 1… — for fabricating a claim of having been offered a full scholarship to West Point (when in fact he never even applied there).

    • Devildog  On November 6, 2015 at 12:38 PM


    • Little_Minx  On November 12, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      And now $$ from a local dentist who defrauded health care, after Carson denounced such conduct in others. Double schadenfreude!

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