I don’t think that it has really dawned on the Republican National Committee that among every draftable Senator, Congressman or retired Republican statesman, they haven’t been able to come up with a single one who resonates with their party’s base. They are so far out of touch with the real people of this country that a washout TV game show host seems like a better choice. As they say, “politics makes strange bedfellows.” The Republicans (and I used to be one) managed to hop in the sack with the Koch brothers and the religious right and this is their offspring. Somebody should put a pillow over its face and put it out of its misery.
As the saying goes, “Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” When Hitler rose to power in Germany, he seized upon the anger and frustration of a nation in tremendous economic upheaval (their Great Depression, even worse than ours), and said, essentially, “We are going to make Germany great again. We are going to rebuild this nation and elevate everyone out of their misery. And we realize that we have enemies in the form of foreigners (Trump’s Mexicans) and a religious minority who control the banks (Hitler’s Jews, Trump’s Muslims as terrorists against the homeland / fatherland). And everyone who does not join us or agree with us is part of the problem.”
How has Trump’s rhetoric been any different? And his supporters, like Hitler’s, join his cause because they feel powerless without him and fear that if they do not become part of his “club,” they will suffer the same fate as the other parts of the “problem.” For the past 30 odd years, the Republican party has been wooing the religious right as their “soldiers of democracy,” and has indoctrinated them with fear of the outside world and of internal governmental policies that would strip them of their cherished religious identity. I’m sure they never planned on Trump, but they certainly have sown the seeds of his rise.
It is fashionable these days to try to be accepting of the views of others, even when they are stark raving mad. Ever since “I’m Okay, You’re Okay” was published, our society has taken the position that one person’s reality is just as good, just as valid as another’s.
Enough is enough. I’m okay, you have a screw loose. When are rational people going to wake up and realize that we are not doing the lunatic fringe of this country any good by coddling their dimwitted brand of absolute horse crap? In a socio-evolutionary sense, our society is collapsing into the relative dark ages compared to where we were in the mid-1960’s. Perhaps, if we could create some sort of safe haven for these nut-cases (we’ll call it Texas) and build a friggin’ wall around the place to keep the loonies in (quick, call Donald Trump – I’ve got a job for him), the rest of us could stop the incessant face-palming. Short of that, it is time to take to the streets, with large nets and heavy sticks.