Life has grown scarier since Marco Rubio suspended his campaign. Pundits are divided. Many feel that Donald Trump has all but sewn up the Republican nomination. Others argue that no one will have the needed votes and that an open convention is on its way this summer. The choice may well be between Cruz and Trump, but where others argue that Kasich may be more electable. None of this scares.
Black Lives Matter cofounder announced last summer that the group will force the Republican National Convention to close. As the convention date nears, the plan has gained some traction on talk radio. While Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department could not find violation inevents surrounding the death of Michael Brown, BLM vilifies Republicans. To what end? If they are successful in closing the convention, what will they have achieved? Might their action embolden the GOP to act even more harshly than rabble rousers proclaim? And if they do not close the convention but protest vociferously, what will be the gain? Is there any benefit to fomenting riots worse than those of the Chicago Democratic National Convention of 1968? Can democracy flourish against a backdrop of intimidation? This is scary.
It was reported last week that an envelope of white powder was sent to the home of Donald Trump’s son,
Eric. Examined by security and found harmless, the enclosed note was problematic. It threatened the life of the candidate’s family if he does not drop out of the race. If the threat is meant to scare him off; having seen Trump’s bluster to date, it will not move him to give up. It will likely increase security surrounding the Trump family, and may push Trump harder to become president. Does anyone expect Trump to roll over? Why threaten at all if not to at least scare?
In a more recent story someone published naked photographs of Mrs. Trump who at one time had been a supermodel. In retaliation, Trump said he had information to reveal about Heidi Cruz. Cruz fittingly reacted by saying that candidates’ wives and children are off limits. Moreover, just because ‘s pictures were published, why blame Cruz? We live in a time when there are people who enjoy taking and posting pictures of naked celebrities. Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana and countless Hollywood stars have been subject to such embarrassment. It is wrong. Yet there is no reason for any candidate to be accused for such a nefarious act. That this has to be stated is a scary notion. What became of decency?
Yesterday terrorists exploded bombs in the Brussels international airport and in a nearby metro station. By the afternoon news had appeared that these ISIS planted weapons were intended to kill as many Americans as possible. That is the reason that the bombs were placed at the Delta terminal and at the metro near the US embassy. Reports have also indicated that explosive devices have been found elsewhere in the European capital. Andrea Mitchell and other talking heads lamented the profound negative impact that this attack may have on the flow of Arab refugees into Europe. They have worried this will advance xenophobic and Islamophobic trends and bolsterthose who have already expressed dismay regarding the huge influx of Arabs onto the continent. Is it truly wrong for Europeans to protect themselves? Given that repeated terror attacks in Europe have been caused by ISIS followers and other jihadists, why is anyone surprised by anti-Islam feelings? Last week Angela Merkel had was greatly challenged in German elections because she pressed hard to admit refugees. Europeans under attack are feeling at the end of their collective rope. They may not be all that different from what Michael Medved calls Trumpkins’ adherence to a candidate who has never held public office nor developed the grace of speaking eloquently. Trump followers want an agent for change and feel it best to trust an outsider with that role.
Like him or not, the great support offered to Trump is largely because numerous Americans are fed up with an American government that has ignored them. Trump has no problem supplying a steady stream of hubris.. He and Bernie Sanders respond to the same sense of being disenfranchised. Events of the last years in Spain, Britain, France and Belgium may also bring new powers to the fore in those countries as well.
When there are threats to the well being of pea e loving citizens, can one expect less? Similarly, when the middle class is economically stifled but watches top earners grow richer and richer, can one not easily empathize?
There are no easy answers, but all in all it seems that there are harsh repercussions when Hillel’s advice is ignored. Remember his teaching. “Do not do to your fellow that which is hateful to you.”