Was buying a hoverboard for your kid for Christmas, 2015, the most problematic but irresistible and inevitable of all gifts? The excitement at the moment of discovery followed by danger, regret, and maybe even injury? Not being that bright but ultimately optimistic, I have been assuming that will be the final trajectory of the Make America Great Again Crusade of Donald Trump. Danger. Regret. Injury. I could be wrong.
Because hoverboards can’t campaign and get out there to lie about how great and smart they are and how they are literally killing the competition, “Xboxes are weak, stupid losers….. I am outselling every other Christmas gift…. every survey agrees with me… Barbie has no stamina…. American Girl is low energy… pathetic” (notice the targeted attacks on veteran female dolls!)…. hoverboards may be subject to the laws of truth, experience, and the marketplace of bad products. There was no way to argue with the dangerous fires that were documented on both social and non-social media of exploding lithium battery-powered hoverboards. And rest assured that we’ve closed another loophole for ISIS trying to take down an airliner.
Buyers remorse for politicians often takes years, sometimes decades to take hold. Think how long it took for your dad to admit voting for Nixon wasn’t such a hot idea after all; that he really was a crook. It’s taken years for some people to regret voting for George W. Bush or Barack Obama, for way too many reasons. Hoverboards however, are subject to instant analysis that should mean something……
…. but probably won’t
… no… I mean it!
The tiniest amount of thought that hoverboards, which don’t hover and look to me to be skateboards on steroids, would be a dangerous choice for a gift. The flying image of them from Back to The Future II was enough to overcome reality for many. In a painful analogy, the tiniest amount of thought that Donald Trump, who does hover endlessly, would be anything but dangerous as president, seems obvious to those of us on the outside looking at this. The image of Trump from reality tv has been enough to overcome reality for many, too.
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