If you are not frightened after the 4 day infomercial of intolerance, xenophobia and racism then you are, like far too many people in this country, sleepwalking towards tyranny. The rank hate, anger and bigotry on display at the so called convention was downright chilling. Fear – of crime, of Muslims, of immigrants, of Black protesters, was the guiding theme of the festivities as well as Trump’s entire campaign.
Al Baldasaro, who is one of Donald Trump’s advisers, said on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton “should be put in front of a firing line and shot for treason.” Governor Chris Christie worked the crowd into a frenzied lather as they chanted “lock her up, lock her up.” This type of talk is dangerous and does not bode well for a country that is becoming more and more polarized by the nanosecond. We are on the precipice of despotism and massive, system wide volatility. That is not hyperbole.
Besides the appalling fear mongering what is equally alarming is the notion, which was the other main theme of the Hate Fest, that Trump is the only solution to all that ails America. That he and he alone, is the panacea to all of our woes. Here comes King Trump on a white horse (you know Trump ain’t riding a horse of any other color) to save the day. And in customary royal fashion he does not feel the need to tell you the details of how he will save the day. He likes to be unpredictable. But believe him, he will do it. It’s going to be great.
While that seems ridiculous on its face, the people in that room, everyday people around this country, are falling for it hook, line and sinker. For reasons, both real and imagined, these people are willing to suspend logical thinking for the mistaken belief that a megalomaniacal, billionaire bigot is the answer to the complex and intrinsic problems bedeviling this country.
And again in true regal manner there is the exhibition of the polished and proper offspring waiting in the wings to continue the great work of the great leader. America if you do not wake up and vote in droves this November then you have met your new King. A dynasty will be born and we will all pay the price.
¡Palante Siempre Palante!