-- A 50-Year Legislative Veteran --
Flashback: 1959. The earth was still warm.
TV was wide open for talent. Writers could write. Actors could act.
The secret: the power of TV was still unknown.
The powers-that-be, however, quickly figured it out, pulled down the shades and barred the doors and shrunk the medium to what you see today:
Exciting-as-a-wet-tortilla ads punctuated by retinal junk food.
In 1959, NBC Sunday Showcase broadcast a two-part series, "What Makes Sammy Run?" Based on a Budd Schulberg novel, the story is about a maximum hustler, Sammy Glick. By deception, betrayal, stealing -- you name it -- Sammy´s boundless ambition drives him from copy boy to New York columnist to Hollywood mogul. The title refers to running other people down; running toward death; running; running. Always running.
In the same vein (vain), what makes Donny Trump run?
To know the answer is to know his weakness.
To know his weakness is to know how to manipulate him.
In their face-to-fact meeting in Singapore, Kim Jong-un and his seasoned advisers sized Donny up and, figured him out. In his recent private letter to Trump, Kim Jong-un referred to Donny as "Your Excellency." That term sometimes is applied to presidents, always to royalty.
Look Mom! Trump could not hold his twits and trumpeted the letter worldwide.
True to form, Manhattan remained moonrock-silent.
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The elite? The elite? Why are they elite?
I have a much better apartment than they do.
I´m smarter than they are. I´m richer than they are.
I became president and they didn´t.
-- Donald Trump, June 20, 2018 --
There it is -- the soft spot.
I asked a New Yorker friend what the deal was.
Here´s her answer:
"An aspect of Trump will elude most people....he's a New Yorker, but he's from QUEENS. For Manhattanites, that's of Great Significance. No borough is quite equal to Manhattan. Trump knows that....it´s part of his need to be biggest and loudest. He's nouveau riche and he's from Queens. In New York circles, that's definitely something to overcome! (But probably impossible to overcome.)
I am a NY snob, you see. From the suburbs, but all the city contacts & relatives were upper East side Manhattan. Never anything to do with THOSE people in Queens. Not because my people were riche of any sort, but were of Old Roots...and that's one basis of snobbery. So, even if Trump amasses ALL the money on the planet, he won't get the respect he wants from all New Yorkers."
Now you know why Trump is condemned to keep running; lying; cheating; bragging; back-stabbing; running and lying some more; stealing; twittering.
He will never get where he wants to go. Never. It will always be in sight and out of reach.
He is lobotomized from success because at birth he made a colossal mistake.
He picked the wrong parents.