trump loves attention and seems to get a kick out of being a lightening rod. We all -myself included — tend to accommodate his need to be in the center of attention. He is very much like our grandchildren in the 4 to 8 year range: “Grandpa, look at me!” That’s the level of Trump’s maturity.
We all need to remember, however, that Trump would not be in the spotlight had there not been several million people cheering for him, egging him on, and voting for him. And precisely there is the real problem we ought to be most concerned about.
Donald trump is exposing and exploiting the very worst dimensions of the American character. It is a bad thing that Trump is a racist but a worse thing that he is buoyed up by such widespread racism in this, the land of the free, the nation built on the idea that all are created equal. Clearly, millions of Americans are absolutely opposed to these most fundamental ideas of the American experiment.
It is a bad thing that trump is so very like Adolf Hitler but a worse thing that, just as in Germany in the 1930s, there are so many people who love the very worst qualities in his character. The German adoration of Hitler in the early 30s led to millions and millions of deaths in the ensuing decade.
Where will Trump lead us? We hope that our congress is stronger than Germany’s parliament and would put severe limits on him but we know already that his inclination is to so bully and intimidate any who stand in his way shows that his has no regard whatsoever for congress or the judicial branch of government. Many Republican congressional leaders have already surrendered and Trump hasn’t even been nominated yet, let alone elected. How badly would they bow before him if he were president?
And, once trump has unleashed the ugly monster of American racism, will the zombie want to go back into the grave when trump is defeated? I fear not. And that will be a very serious problem for us. A whole new struggle for civil rights is going to be needed in the next few years and it may very well be just as painful as the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Donald Trump is not only a force for evil himself, he is opening the floodgates for evil to make another attempt to dominate our nation and our culture. We’ve got tough times coming, no matter what happens now to trump’s candidacy.