On Trump




By Steve Tash

Like so many out there who divorce themselves from something that’s broken, who don’t want to deal, and you know, it’s just too nice outside anyways, I despise politics. Peripherally, one starts to see personalities take shape – since they’re all pretty much burying their authentic self’s, their spirit energy, if you will, under the “politician” character, and what begins to stand out is what’s real, the loopiness that ekes out of them at times, the misquotes and the blunders.

Last year I had the opportunity to ask VP Dick Cheney a rather innocent question. In front of others, some who came up to me after and spoke what they had witnessed, he never really came close to addressing or answering the question asked. The question, what were his strengths, his skill that allowed him to succeed in government?

I guess one could see that as a booby trap of some kind set to disable his character. If some called it a loaded question, they’d be right, but honestly, Mr. Vice President, it wasn’t intentionally so in that moment.

I had thought at the time that this was a man pretty clueless about himself, other than maybe for his preferences, his likes and quirky dislikes, which seemed the depth of his realization of self.

I saw this again after having spent an afternoon with the Football Hall-of-Famer Michael Irvin, while a friend had a video camera on, Irvin had well-rehearsed answers that barely bumped up to any question asked. What sports legends and politicians learn is that they MUST avoid spontaneous chatter. An impromptu answer that takes them away from the character that they are to their public, that which allows them to even be in the play, and to suddenly go OFF SCRIPT…God forbid, for that uncharacteristic or fumbled remark goes viral to more people as fast as it took the thought to gurgle past their better synapses and sneak out of their mouths.

Pro-politicians with handlers nearby, do not, cannot, answer or address anything that they hadn’t already formulated a stock answer for. And that brings me to Donald Trump. Now in the late summer of 2015, we are witnessing something out of a 1930’s screwball comedy, or the most dangerous drama in the form of agitprop nationalism witnessed in many generations.

And it’s going to build from here. This is a man who has no script, he is the director-producer of his improvised show and no one can tell him otherwise. A handler with Donald is a person soon to be hunched over their monitor staring at Craigslist jobs.

Is there anything online or in the movies more enthralling to watch as a guy who fancies himself the President of the United States and has no self-control, no edit switch, and where diplomacy means a flash of a smile just before a back alley brawl.   

And this, from the greatest American songwriter-musician post Dylan and Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, of the band Wilco: God, I hope he makes it. It would be just the kind of gift America needs to pick ourselves up. I don’t know — it’s just astonishing. It’s performance art of some sort, you know? It’s like Tony Clifton or something.

So, stay tuned for a show like you’ve never seen, and maybe should never have been seen. TBD.



Steve Tash is a writer living in Calabasas

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Citizen Reporter
5 years ago

Actually, his basic message is quite consistent, well-researched and documented in “Time to Get Tough: Making America Great Again.”

However he ad libs way too much for his own good.

But, some things he says which are treated as outrageous by the “mainstream” media have turned out to be true.

He’s not my first choice, but there is much to be learned from him.