Colson: Another ‘lesser-of-evils’ election travesty?
Well, it looks as though we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole for sure, and no one knows what kind of monsters we’ll be meeting once we drop out the bottom into Wonderland … er, I mean Donald J. Trumpetland.
I note, just for the record, that Charles Evers, elder brother to the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, last week endorsed The Donald’s run for the highest office of the land.
Now, I don’t know Charles, but he’s listed as another civil rights activist by numerous sources, and reportedly became Mississippi’s first field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the wake of his brother’s assassination in front of the family’s home in Jackson, Miss., 1963.
He also was elected the first black mayor of a Mississippi town (Fayette, 1969) since the Reconstruction era after the Civil War, and prompted not a few raised eyebrows when he switched parties and became a Reagan Republican in 1980.
So far, I haven’t seen any evidence that he’s suffering from dementia (he’s 93) or that he’s drunk way too much of the wrong kind of Kool-Aid, but the clock is still ticking. And it is interesting that his endorsement of Trump was, in part, because Trump is “a self-made man” who will bring jobs to Mississippi.
No mention of the fact that Trump was born wealthy and has managed to stay so because, well, that’s America for you, where even the dimmest rich man has to blunder awfully badly to lose his wealth.
As for Trump’s apparent unwillingness to disavow a political endorsement from David Duke of the KuKluxKlan, Evers said, “all of us have some racism in us. Even me.”
Meaning Trump must be all right, in Evers’ eyes, since he hasn’t been accused of actually handling the rope at a lynching or striking the match to light a burning cross.
Last weekend’s Sunday New York Times was chock full of opinions about Trump, from Nicholas Kristoff’s query, “Why, at a moment when the country desperately needs our A-team, would we send in the clowns?” to Ross Douthat’s comparison of Trump to the world’s historically worst authoritarians and tyrants in their early days.
The most critical take-away from “Trumpism,” Douthat declared, is that it is “a lesson in what could happen, how the republic could slide into a strongman’s hands.”
Douthat cited Trump’s endorsements from a wide range of “apologists” that encompass the witless (Sarah Palin) to the clueless (Chris Christie) and the spineless (Mike Huckabee), with a host of others standing by.
All these people seem to feel that the Trump bandwagon has the momentum of a herd of buffalo in the beast’s heyday and cannot be stopped, so they’d better figure out a way to hop on now or get mowed down and buried like so many saplings in a Wyoming meadow.
But the plain fact is that only 35 percent of Republican primary voters can demonstrably be said to be the fuel for Trump’s political conflagration, although there apparently are a few idiotic Democrats, Tea Baggers and other mental midgets tossing faggots (in the historical English usage) onto the fire as well.
With numbers like that, as Trump might say, who needs to talk about the issues? Just feed the hate-fueled fires of anti-Muslim, anti-minority, pro-corporate, know-nothing madness, and you’ve got an election in the bag.
Or, at least, a few primary victories and sufficient publicity to keep even his outsized ego fully engorged and standing tall (once again, as he might have said himself).
Kristoff announced that “a Trump presidency would constitute a national security threat,” because Trump’s bellicose approach to the world might easily end up sparking World War III if he had his hand on the nuclear button.
Kristoff noted that the German magazine, “Der Spiegel,” has tagged Trump as “the most dangerous man in the world,” and not just because of Trump’s bad hair.
J.K. Rowling, Kristoff reported, recently twittered that Trump is “worse than Voldemort,” her admirable arch-villain in the Harry Potter books.
Like Maureen Dowd in the same New York Times Sunday Review section, I might be amused about Trump’s hegemony in the Republican primaries, if I weren’t so unnerved by it all.
But I remain convinced (or perhaps “hopeful” would be a better word) that the American electorate is not quite as brain-dead as Trump clearly believes it is.
Granted, we elected both Reagan and The Shrub (George W. Bush to most of you) not once but twice, so the political precedent is not inspiring.
But that was then; this is now.
And Hillary Clinton, as Bill Maher quipped recently, must be broadly confident that she surely can make American voters “hate me at least a little less than they hate Trump.”
And since it is increasingly likely that Bernie Sanders cannot overtake Clinton in the delegate count (at least 1,121 for Hillary, versus perhaps 479 for Sanders after last weekend’s primaries), I am preparing myself once again for a “lesser of evils” choice in November that I hope keeps The Donald out of the White House.
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