This has been an eerie week, watching the Republican Nation Convention showcase the true character of the contemporary Republican party. There clearly is an evolutionary development to be seen here. It has been obvious for some time that racism has become built into the vary character of the party but what we are seeing this week is even more disgusting and threatening. Racism has evolved into blind, vicious hatred.
It is blind because it is the kind of hatred that simply lashes out without much regard for who gets hurt. It is blind because it is a condition of the heart, an inner disposition that has little connection with or concern for any concrete realities.
And it is vicious. One of the delegates is a New Hampshire state representative and a veteran. He remarked in a radio interview this week that Hillary should be put in a firing line and shot for treason because of Benghazi. It does not matter that, after spending countless thousands of hours and more than seven million dollars trying to find Clinton’s guilt in the affair, the Republicans in congress came up with nothing.
Blind hatred is not phased by the facts.
Chris Christie, who supposedly is a man of the law, having been a state Attorney General and now hoping to be the US Attorney General, strongly encouraged the contemporary trend toward street justice that disregards legal proceedings. He used his speaking time to hold a mock trial of Clinton. He led the delegates in pronouncing her guilty.
As is a common place in this new world of trump politics, very, very little was said in the first two days of the convention which would give us a tangible idea of what the Republicans stand for or what trump would actually do as president. Instead, time and time again the people were led in hating Hillary.
This is a truly sick and dangerous party. I very strongly urge everyone to read Machiavelli’s little book The Prince and to become acquainted with what Hitler looked like to the Germans in 1933. It will take very little of your time to realize the serious danger trump and the Republicans pose for democracy in general and the US in particular.