Wednesday, January 20, 2016
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES #1
Well the big one is on the way, a foot of snow blizzard by Saturday night. The only things worse on the horizon is the anticipation of next month’s Council Agenda Fixing Session and the possibility of Trump, or Cruz, or Rubio, or Hillary, or Sanders being elected 9 months from now.
I can never remember such horrible choices that will be most likely be our fate this November. I can only hope that a-pardon the political incorrectness phrase-“white knight” will emerge in July.
This posting will limit itself to one party, the Republicans. Because of space to the one individual who at this time appears to be the shoo-in nominee; showman Trump.
This cartoon which I have no idea who drew it, was sent to me via email. It best expresses the present state of the GOP
Why do I fear Trump? Perhaps because he has no substance in what he promises except that everything will be the biggest or best including the Wall “paid by Mexico” to keep the Mexicans and other Latinos out.
He will make America “great again” by creating the world’s strongest and biggest Army, to abolish Obama care as a failure and replace it with an unspecified “the greatest” health care plan, to return America to its basic Christian values.
The last promise comes from a man who has been married 3 times and in speaking at Falwell’s evangelistic oriented Liberty College to prove his belief laced his speak with biblical quotes including one from “Two Corinthians”. Oh the man or his writers are familiar with the bible.
He is appealing to our fears about terrorist by promising to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, prohibit Muslims from entering the United States, shutter mosque and establish a nationwide database that track Muslims.
He boasts of the 20 or so thousands who attend his outdoor rallies. All of this reminds me of the early days of Hitler and the laughed at Nazi party. He has found an ethnic object for hate.
Benjamin Ginsberg recently wrote “I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: its authoritarianism.
That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.”
“Authoritarianism is not a new, untested concept in the American electorate. Since the rise of Nazi Germany, it has been one of the most widely studied ideas in social science. While its causes are still debated, the political behavior of authoritarians is not. Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to “make America great again” by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations”
“So, those who say a Trump presidency “can’t happen here” should check their conventional wisdom at the door. The candidate has confounded conventional expectations this primary season because those expectations are based on an oversimplified caricature of the electorate in general and his supporters in particular. Conditions are ripe for an authoritarian leader to emerge. Trump is seizing the opportunity. And the institutions—from the Republican Party to the press—that are supposed to guard against what James Madison called “the infection of violent passions” among the people have either been cowed by Trump’s bluster or are asleep on the job.”
Yes my fear is that Trump may be elected and we will have a dictatorship.