Donald Trump has endured plenty of name-calling during his presidential campaign, from "bigot" to "fascist" by way of "racist," "nativist" and "pig."
None have thus far penetrated the property magnate’s yellow leathery hide. On Wednesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul opened up a new attack, calling the bewigged tycoon “Gollum”… as in the corrupted hobbit from “The Lord Of The Rings.”
Writing on Facebook, the Libertarian presidential candidate, who remains locked at the bottom of national polls, wrote:
One candidate on this national stage wants you to give him power. He tells you he is rich, so he must be smart. If you give him power he claims he will fix America, but there is another tradition in America. A tradition that believes that power corrupts, and that our goal should be not to gain power but to contain power or limit Presidential power.
Trump is ignorant of this tradition, or worse yet, he is overtly opposed to the limited government tradition. This race should not be about who can grasp the ring. Electing Gollum should not be our objective. This race should be about which candidate will best protect you from an overbearing government. I am the only one on this national stage who really doesn’t want power or dominion over you. I want to set you free, I want to leave you alone, and I want a government so small you can barely see it.
Exactly what Paul means is not clear. Is the Presidency the ring, with Trump corrupted by the lure of the power of the office? Or is Trump’s money the corrupter?
Perhaps a better analogy would have America as Gollum, a country suffering from a split personality, half drawn to the ring (Trump), and half determined to destroy it.
If you have another interpretation, the comments are open…
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