By Chris Rossini
The mainstream media is marching lockstep in reporting the Trump University court cases. According to HuffPo, Trump University used: "deceptive, high-pressure recruiting, efforts to exploit pain and shame, bait-and-switch tactics, escalating high prices, low quality." Whether or not it's true is immaterial to the following discussion. But don't the allegations sound like every single presidential election campaign? Here's the kicker, when presidential candidates do these things, it's totally legal and acceptable!
Here's Dana Milbank of The Washington Post writes of Trump's presidential campaign:
Donald Trump makes more guarantees than a used-car salesman. I guarantee you.
The major difference between Trump University tactics and presidential candidate tactics is that politicians get off scot-free.
They all do it! They say whatever they want, or whatever they think will work to get the votes.
There's no accountability once the votes are counted. You can't go up to the new President and say, "But you promised in your speech in Ohio that...."
The President doesn't know who you are, doesn't know who specifically voted for him, and has no legal obligation to do anything that was said to get your vote.
This is the hamster wheel that Americans have been running on. From one election to another, getting sucker-punched by campaign rhetoric. Every 4-8 years, disgust boils over, and it's once again time to throw the current President out.
Presidential elections are, of course, much more nefarious than anything Trump University could pull (if the allegations are true).
After all, the customers of Trump University did ultimately have the choice not to buy. And they alone suffered the consequences of their decision to buy.
With presidential candidates, however, everyone is stuck. There's no option of not having one of the scam-meisters rule over us. Everyone is forced to be ruled by the candidate that talked their way to the most votes. Everyone suffers the consequences. You could vote or not vote. It doesn't matter. Everyone goes down with the ship.
Interestingly enough, this process gets tons of fanfare. Some people refer to this selection process as a "sacred right"! Lots of pomp and circumstance.