Politicians speaking their minds are nothing new. Here are some quotes that were made by someone speaking their mind over 75 years ago. Guess who?
As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.
Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.
You may not recognize the person quoted above. This is a more direct hint.
All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
As of Feb. 14, 2016, three national polls put Donald Trump at 29% support as the GOP nominee for president in this year’s election. The most common reason given for supporting Donald Trump is “he speaks his mind.”
A person admires another person that speaks his or her mind only if they agree with the ideas that person is speaking. Segregationists did not appreciate the “I have a dream” speech of Martin Luther King, Jr. Workers that have lost their jobs because managers outsourced the work to another country do not support free trade agreements. People that have been terrorized due to attacks by extremists do not support resettlement of immigrants into the US.
Politicians trying to illicit support for their candidacy speak to the fears and prejudices of the audiences they are addressing. The propaganda that has hyped those fears and prejudices combined with the basic beliefs of the audiences and a national press focused on ratings lead to a significant segment of the population supporting a racist, misogynistic, politically inexperienced fear monger claiming to return a great country to greatness. Hello, Donald Trump.
Those that support Donald Trump cannot hide behind the slogan “I am for Donald Trump because he speaks his mind”. Trump supporters hold beliefs in common with Trump’s own values. Each candidate’s supporters hold beliefs in common with their candidate’s values. This applies to both parties. The other main reason that Trump supporters could use is “I am afraid of the same things that Trump fears.” That is a kinder, wiser position. Those fears have been fanned since 9/11 by a government initiative called the “war on terror”. By declaring that we are in a war on terror, there is a large segment of the US population that has been successfully terrorized by foreign terrorists and domestic government agencies.
It is predicted that a few more successes in primary elections will cement Donald Trump as the GOP nominee for president. The national GOP has failed to distance itself from Trump’s fundamental policies that oppose the foundations of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The US is in a moral crisis that has been deliberately fomented by a government no longer responsive to the will of the people. There is no indication that Trump will lead the country in a direction to support the US’ long-term interests.
The quotes at the beginning of this article were by Adolph Hitler. Trump is by no means as insane, evil or vicious as Hitler, but he is using some tactics that Hitler perfected that led to the destruction of Germany. Be warned and regain your balance and sense of rightness to deny Trump the opportunity to lead the US in a much worse direction. America is much better than the ideas that have been espoused by Trump, and echoed by his opponents. If we are going to continue to use the slogan, “one Nation under God”, we need to act like it.
A future article will focus on Ted Cruz and the issue of separation of church and state, and the continued emphasis on war as a means to achieve peace.