Donald Trump, the man with billions of dollars, the man that loans his own presidential campaign millions, that diabolical genius whose divide and conquer tactics is leading his party down a path of self destruction is turning out to be a living nightmare. A man who made his whole fortune by being an opportunistic businessman and who knows how to strike when the irons are still glowing crimson red. The opportunity for the Trump steamroller to flatten the Republican party presented itself when the true-believer conservatives were fed unrealistic expectations by a party that was and is on a fast track to nowhere. Over the last decade they have done nothing but open a Pandora’s box of very bad politics that played mostly on the fears of the people, and spent way too much time and money trying to destroy Barack Obama’s healthcare solution and in the process, cooked up a pot of conservative resentment with a dash of racial animus that is now boiling over. And now they are befuddled as to why they are in danger of having permanent and long lasting party damage done by a man who makes fun of women, insults Mexicans, who wants to bring back torture, and who wants to stop Muslims from coming to America. They sure didn’t see that coming did they?
Maybe the Republicans need to pin some of the blame for their party dysfunctions on extreme right-wing talk radio shows and the likes of Rush Limbaugh who was always saying that the party was drifting left and felt that a little cattle-prodding from the strong right was in order which has given in to conspiracy theories that have found their way to television and of course, social media. It has produced a sort of “myopic extremism” in which reality does not exist, but whims and wishes do. According to Erick Erickson, a conservative talk radio host, the Republican party created Donald Trump the monster “because they made a lot of promises to their base and never kept them.” And then to lose the White House twice to, shall we say, an undesirable, was the last straw. And now their voting base has become so disenchanted with party promises they are now following an ill-informed, bigoted, sexist xenophobe with no political experience at all. This speaks volumes about what has happened to the party of Lincoln.
When we dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima we opened up a window in which this planet can be destroyed at the press of a button. At the time we dropped the bomb we were the only country to use a nuclear weapons to end a war and the death toll from one bomb was staggering. To make a point we dropped another one on Nagasaki and to this day there are still birth deformities and long term health concerns for those born after the massive radiation exposures. Now picture a briefcase with all the launch codes to every nuclear weapon we have in the hands of Donald Trump. The man hates everything that’s not beneficial to him or his ego and he has successfully turned this election into a glorified reality show. He hates negative press and believes that freedom of the press is a hindrance. His colorful language is the pipe music that draws in new followers and votes from openly racist groups. If Trump is able to evade the gauntlets that the Republicans are setting up for him and secures the nomination of the Republican party, his battle with presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will be epic. She will be up against every racist in the country who blames the state of the country on that “man” in the White House. For once in our lifetime we stand a very real danger of a true bigot running the country. One wonders what Archie Bunker would say about Trump?