Well, the future of America just got brighter, didn’t it? Donald Trump has formally announced that he is going to be the next US president and will fix our economy, be the greatest jobs president that God ever created, and conquer ISIS.
Just what American needs: A mediocre mind who is plagued by severe hubris and who thinks that America is nothing but a real estate development in need of management.
It seems a bit far-fetched, I suppose, but I can’t help thinking of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s warning to Germany two days after Hitler was appointed Chancellor. Bonhoeffer acknowledged that the country was in serious trouble and said that such a condition made it ripe for . . . .tyranny! People wanted a strong leader to take over and bring everything under control for them. Donald Trump has both the ego and the proven track record to show he can conceive of leadership only in terms of giving orders. What a horrible four years we would have with a petty but powerless tyrant in the White House.
Conservatives have sometimes used the term “tyrant” to describe Barack Obama. They have no excuse whatsoever using such a nasty word in such a reckless and irresponsible way. Real tyrants are fierce and strongly inclined to use force and even violence to coerce people. When conservatives start such incredibly childish rumors as “Obama plans to invade Texas,” they are showing their complete ignorance both of America and of real tyranny. Their foolishness is simply inexcusable.
It is a wonderful thing that in America that even a Trump can dream of being president but it is sad indeed that even one single individual would take such a man seriously. He is merely a fool.