I thought that my last political post would have been the first and last words I had to say about the American 2016 Presidential campaign, but here I am, once again unable to keep my thoughts to myself.
OK, when I first heard that Donald Trump had used “Locker-Room talk”, I actually thought that someone was reporting on what he had said in the locker room! And even though I’m certainly no Trump fan, I found myself defending him against what I imagined was someone baiting a trap in the locker room to embarrass him.
Having spent 24 years in the Navy, I think I know what “Locker-Room Talk” means; men bragging about their (mostly imaginary) sexual exploits, discussing the various physical assets of women and rating them on a scale of 1-10. This is what I thought the controversy was about. And I thought it was just a silly trick. I hadn’t seen or heard the now infamous video of Trump, who was not in the locker room, but in a studio. And then I did see it.
In my estimation there are 2 kinds of “Locker-Room talk” ; The first, which I thought was what people were talking about Trump saying, and the 2nd which I will call “Junior High School Boys Locker-Room talk”. As we all know, 12-14 year old boys with the onset of puberty and raging hormones can be disgustingly crude. And their mental development is put on hold for those few years. Most of them grow out of it to become decent men. Donald Trump didn’t. Bragging about sexually assaulting women is still his idea of normal “Locker-Room talk”. Even his wife, defending him calls it “Boys will be Boys”. A perfect description of the man arrested at the age of a Junior-High boy, who if he becomes President has promised to put his opponent in jail.
So now, the Presidential Campaign of 2016 will forever be known as the “Locker-Room Campaign”. When one thinks of the great speeches of some past American Presidents and leaders, how can one compare “Ask not what your country can do for you” or “I have a dream” or even more recently “Yes we can” to what we are now subjected to: “Locker Room Talk”, hacking emails and constant accusations of sexual abuse and impropriety on the part of one of the candidates and against the other candidate’s husband.
But I suppose when you take into consideration the degradation of language (The F word has become used in normal conversation) and the lack of decency especially evident in today’s pop music; Compare the lyrics of The Platters (Heavenly shades of night are falling, it’s Twilight Time) to one of today’s popular group The Lonely Island (I just had sex And it felt so good (felt so good) A woman let me put my penis inside her (her)I just had sex (Hey!) perhaps many people might accept the “locker room” explanation. But even if you do, is this what you want in a President of the United States?
Donald Trump is not a Junior-High boy. He is 70 years old and as to his mental development, I’ll refrain from commenting other than to say the some people think he’s smart.