If you’re like me, you’ve about had your fill of Donald Trump, so I promise this will be my last post to mention his name (until next time)….and this post will do so only to bring us to the title subject. For as much as Pied Piper Trump has lured his infatuated followers with the siren song of an outsider/non-politician, he has one thing in common with typical politicians: they promise what they (should) well know they can’t deliver….but The Donald does it as shamelessly as, and more brazenly than, “real” politicians.

Idealistic politicians like 2008 Obama made unkeepable promises, but I think more out of näiveté than hubris or delusions of self-grandeur; he overestimated his powers of persuasion and underestimated the GOP’s resolve to repel him at every turn. Would the 2016 Obama make the same promises, knowing what he knows now, if he could do 2008 over again? Who knows? This post doesn’t promise answers, it promises promises.

One hardly knows where to begin when it comes to wading through the swamp of unbelievable promises made by politicians over the past millendium, so here’s someone else’s compendium, which I recommendium by extending ’em here:

For the geographically-challenged, if you didn’t “get” promise #12, Libya is IN Africa. As for me, having more or less winged my way to getting to this point in my post, I at least know how I’m going to bring it to a merciful end: with these promisory quotes….

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. –Edmund Burke

It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and broken promises. –Chief Joseph

They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it. –Red Cloud

What’s important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone. –Hermann Broch

It’s easy enough to get into power. You can make promises and try to be all things to all people. But the moment you have to make decisions, you’re going to annoy at least half of them. Whatever you do, in the end you’re almost certain to be brought down by your own character traits. –Robert Harris 

Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing. –Bernard Baruch

Or you can heed this bumper sticker: DON’T THINK – VOTE TRUMP



14 comments on “PROMISES PROMISES

  1. Sorry I cant co-operate, here; I promised myself not to rant about politics while in the blogosphere…

    ‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep
    But I have promises to keep
    And miles to go before I sleep…’

    …so goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.

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  2. mistermuse says:

    I can’t think of a better poetically-correct way to “can’t co-operate” than to invoke Robert Frost….and Jimmy Durante, no less. Everybody wants to get into da act! 🙂

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  3. Jackie says:


    That says it all! What a sorry state of affairs! 😦

    Liked by 2 people

  4. mistermuse says:

    You said it! 😦


  5. eths says:

    What I couldn’t believe is when I saw Trump on footage where he was asked what attributes he thought his 1 year old daughter had gotten from him and his wife. He replied something about his wife’s legs and then referred to his wife’s breasts. The man is really sick.

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  6. Don Frankel says:

    “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” But enough of politics. I’m with Cynthia so “Goodnight and God Bless.”


    • mistermuse says:

      Like Yogi Berra, who said “I never said everything I said,” Herbert Hoover’s “A chicken in every pot” is another of those famous quotes never actually said by who said it (as Yogi might say):


  7. arekhill1 says:

    I promise that the morning after the general election, we will know whether brain-dead droolers constitute a majority of the American voting public. And that’s all I’m going to promise.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. mistermuse says:

    And I promise that the majority of supposed Republican mugwumps who said they couldn’t support Trump will swallow their integrity and vote for him….although, to their credit, some of them will hold their noses as they do so.


  9. Mél@nie says:

    @”DON’T THINK – VOTE TRUMP!” – Canadian friends from Vancouver, BC have just visited here for a week… they work with Americans who said to them:”if trump wins, we’ll move to Canada, but… we wonder: is it far enough?!…” 🙂

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  10. Garfield Hug says:

    As one living in lil red dot right smack in Asia, we are worried too on the state of affairs if Trump “accidentally” gets in – I wish all Americans well and that they vote for the best person for the job or the better person.

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  11. mistermuse says:

    I doubt there has ever been a more flawed (to put it politely) major party candidate for President than Donald Trump, and yet he has a FrIGHTenING chance of getting in. Time will tell.


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