What's this bit of history got to do with The Donald?
Over at thinkprogress.org,* Jeff Legum has posted what The Motley Monk believes to be a superb analysis of the Trump phenomenon. Legum applied French semiotics philosopher Roland Barthes' theory to compare WWE pro wrestling (The Motley Monk had forgotten about The Donald's involvement with WWE) to pro boxing.
This is pretty interesting stuff, if only to examine the Trump phenomenon from a very different, non-political perspective.
Particularly apropos, The Motley Monk thinks, is Legum's suggestion that this analogy reveals why the reactive attacks-to-date on Trump have proven impotent. He writes:
Recently, Rand Paul and others have taken to calling out Trump as an “entertainer,” rather than a legitimate candidate. This is as effective to running into the middle of the ring during Wrestlemania and yelling: “This is all fake!” You are correct, but you will not be received well.
Wrestlers know very well how to play up to the capacity for indignation of the public by presenting the very limit of the concept of Justice.
Who else could get away with that language out on the stump?
Furthermore, Legum, notes, "If, in making his case, [The Donald] crosses over a line or two, all the better." His fans don't care. Only his political enemies care because they're into boxing where rules, strategy, and outcome matter.
"Ladies and gentlemen...let's rrrrrrumble! In the far left corner, the former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton"--BOOOOOOOO--and in the far right corner...."
Let the discussion begin...
To read Legum's article, click on the following link:
* -- A "Tip of the Hat" to Dan DeStefano for the lead