I Ask Again: What Would It Take?

I Ask Again: What Would It Take? June 1, 2024

I Ask Again: What Would It Take?

A historical event: an American former president has been convicted by a jury of felonies. Thirty-four of them. And the result is millions poured in to his campaign coffers.

What would it take for Trump’s die-hard supporters to give up their support? Is there anything that would accomplish that in them? It seems not.

So I ask myself Why? Why do so many Americans support Trump seemingly unconditionally? He’s an adulterer, a liar, a convicted felony. And an admitted would-be dictator (even if only for one day). He’s a bully.

And there is, I think, the reason. He’s the only politician who can win elections by being a bully.

But why is that the key to numerous Republicans’ and some independents’ committed support?

I know some of them and have listened to them. Here’s my conclusion.

They are convinced that America has fallen into an abyss out of which only a bully can rescue it. What abyss? Abortion on demand, gay marriage, failure to confront dangerous dictators abroad, economic chaos, creeping socialism, big businesses that exploit workers, cultural degradation.

I admit that I think left-leaning Americans failed to foresee the reaction to social, economic, cultural “progress.” They wrote off a very large portion of Americans as “deplorables” and charged ahead without consulting or even listening to their spokespersons.

Still, and nevertheless, Trump is more dangerous than any left-wing agenda—within the mainstream of American political life.

I’m appalled at people who are saying the recent trial that ended in a jury convicting Trump of thirty-four felonies was “rigged.” Folks! It was a jury of ordinary fellow Americans who found him guilty. No one forced them to. Let’s refuse to be distracted by the claims of a “rigged trial” and focus on the fact that a jury of Trump’s peers convicted him. They could have declined to convict him.

Now we face the possible prospect of a convicted felon in the White House. But even that isn’t the worst part. He’s not only a convicted felon, he’s a bully. And I don’t mean “like Theodore Roosevelt.” I mean LIKE Benito Mussolini.

You can rage all you want to against my opinion, but it will not change.

I am profoundly afraid for America IF it again elects Trump to the presidency. Not because of his declared policies or plans, although I don’t agree with many of them, but because of his leadership style and character. And, yes, character does matter in heads of state.

*If you choose to comment, make sure your comment is relatively brief (no more than 100 words), on topic, addressed to me, civil and respectful (not hostile or argumentative), and devoid of pictures or links.*

"You have a lot to learn about fascism which was a mixture of right and ..."

What Does “Far Right” Mean?
"Having lived in Europe and paid attention to European politics and economics, I can only ..."

What Does “Far Right” Mean?
"I agree with you, of course."

I Ask Again: What Would It ..."
"Probably so. And I wish his editor had told him all German nouns are always ..."

Us for Them: Chapter Two: Cats ..."

Browse Our Archives