Evan Osnos (New Yorker) tells us about President Trump’s First Term. “His campaign tells us a lot about what kind of Commander-in-Chief he would be.” (The report first appeared in the Sep. 26, 2016 issue.) Assessments of the people interviewed range from repealing everything Obama accomplished to using America’s nuclear arsenal to end civilization. Only the Trump faithful see a good side. It’s a long but good read. As the Boy Scouts would say, “be prepared.”
Think of this as a follow-up to two of my earlier posts, one on the “horror” of Trump’s first 100 days and the other on Kathleen Parker’s plea to “chill out” because, to paraphrase the song, We will survive.
Here is another feature of Trump’s campaign that I think is predictive of what to expect from a Trump presidency - his rallies at which he incites and encourages mob-think.
A few days ago the Daily Kos ran a brief report on Libertarian VP candidate Bill Weld’s appearance on the Morning Joe show. Weld read a passage from George Orwell’s 1984.
“‘Before the Hate had proceeded for 30 seconds, uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking out from half the people in the room … In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the top of their voices … The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate — that’s the name of the exercise — was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in … And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.’”
Just a note. Joe Scarborough, Trump shill, piped in about Kanye West. If ever there was a privileged white guy that has no clue that all this hatred exists because of people like Donald Trump, Scarborough is that guy. He’s pathetic.
At the end of the excerpt, Weld looked up. “Sound like a Trump rally?” he added.
Joe Scarborough joked that he’d thought Weld was talking about musician Kanye West, but the candidate persisted, saying, “Welcome to Donald Trump’s America, everybody.”
“Life will find a way.” (That’s the famous quote from the movie Jurrasic Park.) Of course it will, but to where? Will we find a way to Trump’s America? Wind our way through it? Or on November 8th will we take a different path to the promised land, a land envisioned by FDR and LBJ and Martin Luther King and Barrack Ombama and Hillary Clinton?