In the year 1284 a mysterious man appeared in Hameln. He was wearing a coat of many colored, bright cloth, for which reason he was called the Pied Piper. He claimed to be a ratcatcher, and he promised that for a certain sum that he would rid the city of all mice and rats. The citizens struck a deal, promising him a certain price. The ratcatcher then took a small fife from his pocket and began to blow on it. Rats and mice immediately came from every house and gathered around him. When he thought that he had them all he led them to the River Weser where he pulled up his clothes and walked into the water. The animals all followed him, fell in, and drowned.
There's much more to that story, a much more devastating consequence. Are we to make the same mistakes as this analogy would suggest?
Donald Trump has shown us one undeniable fact. He's consistently inconsistent. Yet every time he blows his fife his followers fall right in line.
I'm completely bumfuzzled as to why so many people are supporting Trump. His flip-flops on just about every issue important to just about everyone is the stuff of legend and these same TRUMPets would be showering those without such celebrity status with extreme ridicule and scorn.
So what gives?
The only explanation that makes sense to me (actually it doesn't but lets give it a shot) is that Donald Trump is a celebrity. He's an entertainer of the A-class sort and has the money to make sure he's heard. The media is lapping up the soundbites as it makes for high ratings. So while other more-deserving candidates are more conservative than Trump, he's the guy getting all the headlines.
A side-effect of all this is that every candidate he attacks, gets a boost in the polls while those that attack him seem to wither away.
It might also be noted that while the Trump followers are a large group within the context of a crowded GOP field, he loses head-to-head with nearly every other GOP candidate except Jeb Bush in every poll that comes out, proving that once the field narrows, Trump will no longer be the frontrunner the starstruck masses are currently genuflecting to.
So lets take a look at some of the flip-flops the TRUMPets ignore while their adored leader continues his vaudeville routine.
1) “I think Hillary would be a terrible president. She was the worst secretary of State in the history of our nation,” Trump says in a CNN clip from last week.
“I think Hillary is a terrific woman,” Trump says in an earlier Fox News clip from 2012. “I just like her. I like her and her husband.”
2) In 2000 Trump says he was "generally opposed to gun control but favors a ban on assault weapons" while he now says he is "staunchly against gun control"
3) In 1999 and 2000 Donald Trump says "So I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. . .I believe in universal health care." but now says he's "against Obamacare" while leaving his options open for a national healthcare system. TrumpCare anyone?
4) In 2000 he favored the privatization of Social Security but in 2011 spake out against any modifications to Social Security at all
5) In 2000 Trump says "Jeb Bush is exactly the kind of political leader this country needs now and will very much need in the future... He's bright, tough and principled" and well, you've heard lately how he feels about Jeb Bush.
6) Donald Trump said in the 90s "You have to legalize drugs to win that war" but now saying drug legalization is bad and he feels strongly about that
7) In 1999 Donald Trump stated he is "very pro-choice" and would not even ban partial-birth abortions but now insists he's very pro-life except in the case of rape, incest or mother's life in danger. He's also recently stated that "it depends when" in the pregnancy a woman desires an abortion if it should be permissible.
8) He has on many occasions opposed a flat-tax but now says we need a simpler code.
9) Has stated during this campaign "I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich." But later, he said: "We have lot of small contributors. I would even take big contributors, as long as they don`t expect anything."
So the bottom line is, is Donald Trump lying now? or was he lying then? Can we trust him to hold fast to conservative principles or continue his history of flip-flopping on all the major issues
The bigger question... for all the Trump supporters out there, why would you trust Donald Trump when you condemn other politicians for doing the very same thing?