Intrinsically tied to John Wayne's rugged portrayal of various white hero tropes were his political views. Wayne was a hard right conservative whose views on race mirror those expressed by Trump's supporters.
A country in crisis will always search for outsiders. And if we look at what Donald Trump suggests, to deny Muslims into America, we must admit that this is quite an extreme proposal -- even for Republican standards.
The phenomenon of Trumpism remains ascendant in the Republican Party, though the paunchy bully boy has yet to win a vote.
The week since the bloody terrorist attack on a San Bernardino holiday party hasn't gone well for American politics. It's mostly been a disconcerting combination of the uncertain and the shrill, the latter crossing the line into outright fascism.
This coffee cup doesn't tell us anything about Jesus, Christmas, Starbucks, or evangelical Christians. But I'm hoping it does teach us something about how quickly imaginary problems can become reasons to stereotype entire people groups.
So, another Republican presidential debate brings more confirmation of what the Republican Party has become. It's probably the most reactionary major conservative party of any in the advanced industrial world.
The goal of such a propaganda campaign is to teach conservative Republican values like unquestioned obedience to authority, the ethical superiority of capitalism, and the sanctity of American exceptionalism, which is a given if one erases our shameful history of slavery, the genocide of American Indians, and Jim Crow.
Wah, wah, wah! That's the collective whining of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and several GOP presidential candidates complaining of unfair, biased, mean-spirited debate moderators and their "gotcha" questions.
The famed neurosurgeon is also a best-selling author and has long been a conservative favorite. On paper, he appears to be the ideal candidate for high office. However, he is not presidential timber for both obvious and less than obvious reasons.
I want Hillary Clinton for president. The only thing that will satisfy me after the great run of our historic first African American is a smart, tough, unflappable woman. She will make one hell of a president. In fact, she might be one of our best.
Maybe Jeb has been paying attention. He just dipped his Bush silver foot into the nativist cesspool that Donald Trump has been splashing about in since the day he entered the presidential race ranting about "Mexican rapists."
The comments of Obama, McCain, Hilary, Trump...etc. are mere reflections of the DC-area's widespread ignorance on this subject.
Immigrants like you and me move to other countries for various reasons. We bring our language, customs and cultures with us. We can't leave them at the border. Do I want to assimilate? Hell, no. Do I want to acculturate? Yes. I want to get the best of both worlds.
Sarah Palin is no longer a candidate, but her influence lives on. Donald Trump is the Republican frontrunner and Ted Cruz is eager to take his place if he falters. Both knew that if they wanted someone to rile up a crowd, Palin was their woman. In very few groups is Glenn Beck one of the least embarrassing people.
If elected, Trump will fill his cabinet with people who know his management style. He would, therefore, draw heavily from his reality program, Celebrity Apprentice, and from business and politics associates.