Saturday, May 7, 2016


Have you ever been “buffaloed?”  The word means to be puzzled or baffled; confused or mystified; to be impressed or intimidated by a display of power and importance.  I have been buffaloed many times and I suspect you’ve had the experience too.  

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I am buffaloed right now,  puzzled, baffled, confused, and mystified by the way some people are flocking around the now presumptive GOP nominee, Mr. Trump.  I’m buffaloed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who told CNN yesterday he will support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and will do everything he can do to help him get elected.  "He is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen.” This is the same Rick Perry who said a few months ago, “[Trump] offers a barking carnival act that can best be described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued….Let no one be mistaken Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded.” I’m buffaloed!  Apparently, Mr. Perry’s statements are empty words without any substance at all.  I can’t put much stock in what he said several months ago nor what he said yesterday.

I’m buffaloed by the fact that many are convinced that Trump can “Make America Great Again!”  First, because I believe America is “Great” now—and I don’t know and no one knows exactly what Mr. Trump means by the slogan.  He really hasn’t explained it.  He just sells the slogan on baseball caps.  In fact, he hasn’t explained anything. His campaign speeches are tirades disparaging others with little substance other than his narcissistic image of himself and that he will be “the greatest president ever.” I’m puzzled, baffled, confused and mystified—buffaloed!

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