As a general rule, there're few fates worse than death -- living under a republican rule in time of national financial crisis would rank up there. One step that could make it even worse would be living under republican rule with The Donald as The Boss. C'mon, just think about it. Mr. "You're Fired" would no only be ridiculous, but destructive. Here's a man who can't give a straight answer to a simple question, but rather lives by deflection. He goes bankrupt but deflects that with suing actress/host/comedienne Rosie O'Donnell for bringing it up -- of course drawing even more attention to the The Donald's checkered financial past. For the record, Forbes reports Trump or his holding companies have filed for bankruptcy protection four times: 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009.
But how awful it must be, yes, even worse than death, to live in the infamy of going from top of the world (Trump Towers) to being a panhandler on the street in rough times. A run for the presidency has it's risks, especially when you're pledging to put up your entire personal fortune.
There's no crime, BTW, in filing for bankruptcy. Many people have done so and recovered nicely. There shouldn't be a negative stigma attached, especially when you resurface from that protection and do so strongly. Among those who filed and were protected under this law according to CNN, were Henry Ford (1901), Walt Disney (1923), Milton Hershey (Candy bar guy)(1882), H.J. Heinz (ketchup)(1875), P.T. Barnum (1855).
As for how it should affect you in presidential aspirations? It's certainly not a stigma that has destroyed everyone who sought the highest office of our land. We've have had four presidents who filed for protection. Among them are Thomas Jefferson (several times) William McKinley (just three years before his election), U.S. Grant and the ol' honest man himself, Abe Lincoln.
So precedent is there. And now with the recent announcement that Donald Trump might be willing to put up his wealth for a run makes me wonder, has anyone gone bankrupt by running -- lost everything? If anyone could, it would be DT.
How full of himself is he? He's crazy. The bats##T kind. He may even be clinically a paranoid schizophrenic. Look at this definition of what I'm talking about:
Paranoid schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses. Common symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction.
Judge now, lest we be judged. But I'm just sayin'...
Listen to this recent interview and draw your own conclusions:
So getting back to the opening point of this essay, fates worse than death. Being under the rule of a crazy person's authority has got to be worse. And Trump could be that guy. So could Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or Rick Santurum, but they're a different kind of crazy. Trump's clinically nuts. And how does bankruptcy enter into all of this?
The Donald needs conservator-ship. He needs to be protected from himself. If he's encouraged, even in the least to run for president, he'll lose. That's hard to take, just ask Al Gore, Bob Dole, Mitt Romney. They disappeared, but they still had money. Trump will go bankrupt again -- for a fifth time. No one can be expected to recover from that. Who will trust this birther with delusions of grandeur?
With five bankruptcies to his name, not even Trump Tower would allow him to qualify for employment as their doorman, as they have strict Trump Industries screening rules as to who can be trusted to open the door there for visitors. So Donald, think long and hard. Would you rather say "You're fired," or would you rather be saying "Good day, welcome to my former home?"