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Trump is like Elmer Gantry, only not smart, cool, or clever

Donald Trump reminds me a good deal of the fictional character Elmer Gantry from the eponymous 1927 novel by Sinclair Lewis and 1960 movie by director and screenwriter Richard Brooks. Gantry is a ne’er-do-well small time swindler and hustler with a sordid past who becomes involved with a charismatic evangelist and barnstormer who in the film is modeled after Aimee Semple McPherson.

Like Gantry, Trump is a liar, a womanizer, a cheat, and a scoundrel. Like Trump, Gantry is a manipulative psychopath who happily leaves a trail of ruined lives in his wake.

But unlike Trump, Gantry is cool, he is smart, and he isn’t blinded by malignant narcissism. Although Gantry doesn’t have any evident sense of conscience, he does seem to grasp that doing good feels good, that exposing the hypocritical and wicked feels better and best of all, he knows when the jig is up and it’s time to get out of town ahead of the posse.

Copyright © 2017 Henry Edward Hardy

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24 August, 2017 Posted by | Elmer Gantry, Jean Simmons, movies, scanlyze, Trump | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hypocrite much, Germany?

It is myopic for the Germans to be so harsh and moralistic about the impeding Greek default. Germany, who benefited from the Marshall Plan and the 1953 forgiveness of half of their war debt of 31 billion (1953) Deutschmarks debt via the London Debt Agreement, should know the benefits of debt forgiveness and reconstruction over the long term. Greece was one of the creditor countries which forgave half of Germany’s enormous postwar debt, and let them pay the remainder over time such that the final payment of 69 million euros wasn’t made until 2010.

Hypocrite much, Germany?

London Agreement on German External Debts (wikipedia)

Copyright © 2015 Henry Edward Hardy

7 July, 2015 Posted by | debt, Germany, Greece, hypocrite, Marshall Plan, reconstruction, scanlyze | , , , , , | Leave a comment