I must point out that we are indebted to Trump for at least one huge lesson about humanity. He has shown us that most of us will follow anyone who strikes a chord that resonates … and keeps repeating that message. Someone who shows that it’s NOT our fault – that they (clearly identifiable others) are the ones who have caused our pain.
It helps if they live amongst us and appear to be richer, stronger or more effective than us.
Inevitably, the media are liars and on their side (which is not to say some of them aren’t …)
Conspiracies explain everything … even though we are not quite sure what they are.
I say us because it includes friends and family members
Not long ago – in our parents and grandparents day, Hitler was believed, admired and followed blindly by millions of Germans and European nations even the Duke of York, once King of England!
It doesn’t seem to matter that the demagogue is not consistent, sounds deranged and makes outrageous claims. At that last “March to save America” rally, Trump looked and sounded deranged; frantic, repetitive, unrestrained. Just appearing at that rally smacked of civil mischief, but no-one stopped the President. He was unstoppable, despite increasing incoherence and blatant lying, ranting and raving … in between a few rounds of golf.
On the other side of the political spectrum lemming like behaviour is also prevalent. Democrats in Congress all took the knee recently – a blatantly populist obeisance to the political movement condemning Police, condoning the eradication of historical and cultural icons and accepting the blame for slavery.
One can only see this type of populist endorsement inflaming conservatives who are also suffering under the economic malaise of the midWest and Deep South US.
All of these people on both sides proclaim the virtue of their beliefs and decry the baselessness and immorality of the others cause.
It is no good pointing out misconduct and precedents. We have to find ways to do things better.
Impeachment will not help – it will merely reinforce the conspiracy and turn a maniac into a martyr.
Biden has it right – extending the hand of friendship to all. Somehow he needs to find a way to distract the Right and Unite.
Somehow faith must be restored in the electoral system. Blockchain may be the answer. Certainly technology exists that could do this.
Maybe China policy will do it – revive manufacturing lost to Asia, promote fossil free fuel technology, make hemp production an agricultural priority, ban neckties ….
Oh Come On!! Its not often I get the chance to advise a new head of state!