by Andy Weddington
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Square box, round pizza, triangle slices. I'm confused! Unknown
Last evening I had dinner at the Officers' Club aboard the Marine Base, otherwise known as the Combat Center, in Twentynine Palms, California.
For the uninformed the Combat Center is the Corps largest live-fire base in the country. It's where Marines go to exercise - to maneuver and integrate fires (ground and aviation) and deconflict problems (before deploying and potentially heading into battle).
It's serious business - friendly rounds as lethal as enemy.
A Marine pal for nearly 25 years and not seen in nearly 20 was in town. He was helping prepare a unit for deployment. Mission complete, the O Club our rally point.
We talked Marine stuff before, during, and after dinner. No politics.
After about 20 minutes of 'until next time farewells' in the deserted parking lot, Mr. Trump came up.
This Marine is no dummy. I don't know an infantryman that is. To the contrary. While brainiacs are trying to reengineer how to force round discs into square and triangular holes and the latter into round holes to create something new, he looks at the problem differently.
With a step back, he notices that the round discs actually fit in the round holes and the squares and triangles into their mates and that creates the new thing simply; to the astonishment of all.
So about Mr. Trump he said, "When I receive RNC propaganda and solicitations in the mail I angrily scribble 'GO TRUMP!' on it and mail it back," and continued, "I don't care that he's loud and crude nor whatever else he's accused of being. I'm sick of the nonsense. I don't care! GO TRUMP!"
A lot of Marines I know feel similarly. Though some not.
Fact: Mr. Trump is going. Steamrolling might be a better word. In Marine vernacular Mr. Trump is moving, shooting, and communicating - effectively. Put the actions in whatever order you want.
He's on a mission and not taking prisoners.
He nearly doubled the count of his closest competitor (Senator Rubio) in Nevada yesterday.
Last week in South Carolina he drew sword and finished off Jeb! (and the entire Bush family).
Next Tuesday will be big. Real big.
There are no signs of slowing much less stopping the Trump battlewagon.
So it seems Mr. Trump has figured out round discs fit in round holes. He's created something new, something simple. His vision for America - "Make America Great Again!" - has a familiar look and sweet sound. Americans like what they see and hear.
Four words. Simple. Powerfully so.
Yes indeed Americans are sick of the nonsense. That's clear.
Stay home next Tuesday. Call Domino's - the place that offers triangles in the shape of round that fits into a square - and enjoy the show.
Go figure, a Marine founded Domino's.
Ask a Marine! But not one assigned to the Pentagon.