After a day of off-roading in a rented Jeep on our mini vacation trip up into the mountains, my wife and I sat down and stared blankly at the TV in our rented cabin. I tried a couple times to tune into an NBA playoff game but soon realized that the games had been postponed out of respect for and to protest another young black man having been gunned down by another overzealous white cop.
Anyway, playing in place of the game was a movie that we soon realized was Kong of Skull Island, not a film we would have sought out. But in our semi-vegetative state, we let the movie play out before us. Near the end, the story followed a hackneyed plotline in which the protagonist (in this case a giant gorilla) appears to have dispatched the antagonist (in this case a bizarre dinosaur-like creature with a mouth the size of Greyhound bus and teeth the length of Samurai swords) when, suddenly, the antagonist returns for another round of fighting.
The Monster’s New Life
Perhaps not coincidentally, the Republican National Convention had ended the previous night, and President Trump, who just days before was behind Joe Biden by double digits, was back within striking distance of his Democratic challenger. Like that monster-mouth beast returning for one more round against King Kong, Donald Trump was back, aiming for a death grip on his opponent’s throat.
Despite my grave, long-held concerns about the unwavering devotion of the millions of Trump cultists, I honestly believed Trump was too heavily wounded to recover; the November election would be little more than a formality. Biden could not lose to a man who would have to find a way to counter ads sure to remind voters of the following blunders and outright atrocities:
- Confusing 9/11 with 7/11
- Mocking a reporter’s disability
- Not knowing that as U.S. President, he is President of Puerto Rico
- Not knowing that Puerto Rico is in island
- Not knowing that when he was in Israel, he was in the Middle East
- Misspelling his wife’s name
- Misspelling coffee
- Misspelling unprecedented
- Not knowing that Colorado is not a southern border state
- Not knowing that Frederick Douglas is not still alive
- Spreading the lie that President Obama was not a U.S. citizen
- Spreading the lie that President Obama is a Muslim
- Spreading the lie that President Obama had lied about his education (when it was Trump who actually had done so)
- Spreading the lie that most Latinos are rapists and murders
- Attacking Judge Gonzalo Curiel because, in Trump’s words, the judge is “of Mexican heritage”
- Bragging that he could get away with sexually assaulting women because he’s rich and famous
- Bragging that he could get away with murdering someone on Fifth Avenue because he’s rich and famous
- Referring to African nations as “shithole countries”
- Paying a porn star to keep quiet about their sexual encounter (which took place shortly after the birth of his youngest child) in order to influence the election
- Calling white supremacists and neo-Nazis “good people”
- Colluding with Russians to influence the 2016 election (as clearly seen in the Mueller Report, despite his assertion of “no collusion”)
- Attempting to influence the 2020 election by colluding with Ukrainians (as evidence clearly showed, despite the denials of nearly every Republican member of Congress)
- Separating poor immigrant families as they attempted to enter this country
- Declaring that COVID-19 would “magically disappear”
- Suggesting people ingest chemical disinfectants to cure COVID
- Being called out by former administration staffers for being a f***ing moron—and similar descriptions of his ineptitude and cruelty
The list could go on for pages. The man is monster. And it seemed that his many wounds—mostly self-inflicted—would soon prove fatal to his re-election hopes. By all appearances, he was politically dead. But the recently concluded Republican National Convention pumped new life into his campaign. The apparently dead monster has arisen from his catatonic state and is back at his opponent’s throat.
The Protagonist Needs Our Help
In the Kong of Skull Island movie, Kong alone ultimately vanquishes the horrid beast protagonist. In the coming election between a mortal man and a malevolent monster, the mortal man will need our help as this monster makes his final bid to hold on to power and feed on his lowly subjects.
If you can afford to do so, give financially to the Biden campaign. Vote. Encourage other reasonable people to vote. End this monster’s reign of idiotic terror.