It has been a while since the author has written, and while scanning through the Akron news, the author came across an editorial called “Donald Trump trying to keep whites from becoming the minority in U.S.” It was written by Joe Vignos of Canton, Ohio. The name is stated because credit is due. The title is mentioned because credit is due. The credit is that someone has the audacity to state their fears so openly and so publicly as to rile support around a preconceived notion of a flag and who best to preserve its heritage. The author himself does not usually dignify anything in relation to Donald Trump, so much so that casual mention usually refers to that unfortunate spawn as “Dump.” But there is something to be said about patriotic fronts.
In World War II, American film displayed fictional scenarios based on real world fears. In wartime, there was plenty, most importantly, fear of an American Hitler. Many films now classic explored this, like 1942’s Keeper Of The Flame, starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in their second pairing. The film is about a journalist (Tracy) who is uncovering the story of Robert Forrest, who was a national hero, who died tragically in a car accident. His widow, Christine (Hepburn) refuses to speak to the press. Stephen (Tracy) manages to befriend the gatekeeper’s son, who lets him in the mansion to interview Christine. She brushes him off, but her husband’s secretary, Clive (Richard Whorf) convinces her to pursue him for the interview, and tells her to tell him exactly what she wants to hear about Robert Forrest. Through circumstances, Stephen is able to learn of Robert’s true intentions after realizing he is in love with Christine. Upon that sharing, she shares that her husband let the power go to his head and became a fascist, wanting to win the country over by using divisive language. The author shares this plot point not as a means of giving it away, because the getting there is fascinating to watch.
Donald Trump has been viewed on by those he considers expendable to be fascist in his ideas and attitudes. Though warning of fascism has gone out of style in Hollywood, we learn what to look out for from these classics. It is not taking it to the extreme to consider Trump’s use of divisive language and tapping into the fears of the older population, let alone the populations of white Americans afraid of change, to amass appeal for leadership. If his second wife, Ivanka, has any value, it should be noted that Trump kept Hitler speeches in his nightstand during their marriage, and probably still has them. True leadership rests on quelling fears with sensible, and in America, respectful action. The author doesn’t see that on Mr. Trump’s person at all. The author urges the readership to watch this film and other fascism warning films as they consider their options for the election this year.