From 1973 – 82, Match Game’s staff writers were supplying emcee Gene Rayburn with a slew of fill-in-the-blank, off-beat scenarios for him to recite to the celebrity panelists and contestants. The cleverness of these writers, at times, did flirt with clairvoyance.
Case in point… their Dumb Donald storylines, which portray him as the hapless man who stumbles clumsily and cluelessly through life… uh… not unlike today’s Real Donald who stumbles clumsily and cluelessly through his public and private life.
By blog’s end, when we view today’s Match Game clip, we’ll discover the moody, snarky, adolescent incarnation of Dumb Donald… the defiant Boy Scout who’s ONLY prepared to rebel against authority.
How moody, snarky and rebellious is he? Let’s let Mr. Rayburn clue us in…
“Dumb Donald, the Boy Scout, is so dumb,
when the Scoutmaster told him to pitch a
tent, Donald said, “You pitch it, I’ll _____ it.”
At this point, it’ll be time for the six celeb panelists and contestant Bill Clark to attempt a mind meld. If all goes well, everyone will come up with the identical, definitive response. So, while they’re all brainstorming, that’ll give us time to discover how well the Dumb Donald and Real Donald match.
For starters, both punks detest and defy authority figures. It’s Dumb Donald vs. Scoutmaster. It’s Real Donald vs. Genuine Journalists. It’s Real Donald vs. Honorable Democratic Congresspersons. It’s Real Donald vs. Doctor Anthony Fauci.
And then there’s the matter of the Boy Scout Oath…
“On my honor, I will do my best; To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
Just how credible would we deem either Donald, were they to recite it? The hypocrisy would be especially glaring when it’s the Real Donald’s “turn”… i.e., the physically corpulent, mentally disturbed and morally bankrupt bad boy who routinely flouts / flips off his own Oath of Office.
How could we expect the Real Donald to even begin “To help other people at all times” when, at all times, he loathes women, the LGBTQIA community, the ailing and infirm, Jews, Muslims, African-Americans, Mexicans, Asians and on and on and on.
And then we must factor in the Scouts’ “Be Prepared” philosophy, which neither Donald would even be prepared to correctly recite, let alone, take to heart.
“Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it. Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it.”
For proof of the Real Donald’s abysmal lack of preparedness all we, the socially isolating folks, now numbered in the multiple millions, need do is look out our windows at the world that a pandemic has ground to a halt… a pandemic, which inflicts untold human suffering and pointless death… a pandemic which devastates lives, livelihoods and entire economies…
A pandemic which Donald J. Trump could’ve avoided had he been a good scout… had he been prepared to promptly, proactively and persistently confront Coronavirus… to halt, dead in its tracks, its deadly rampage.
While it almost seems anticlimactic, let’s now playback the Match Game clip to find out how the celebs and contestant Clark filled in the blank, in this Dumb Donald scenario, and how often they match…
See the related clip featuring the profligate Real Donald, who crashes a Boy Scout Jamboree to corrupt today’s youth.