American Idiot

Among the nations of Earth in all its history, ours is one of the precious few that has not brought forth its Hitler, its Stalin, its Pol Pot, its Mao Tse-tung, its Vlad the Impaler, the one who is never satisfied to have every knee bend to him but wants also to be the architect in a new world by destroying the existing one. But something is afoot.–Dean Koontz, DEEPLY ODD

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Dean Koontz writes horror, and after reading the above passage from DEEPLY ODD last night, I was sufficiently spooked; spooked enough to put my little road trip series on pause for a minute and write this post because, swear to God, Koontz was writing about Donald Trump.

Don’t believe me? A couple of pages after the exerpt above, Koontz wrote this:

A sense of duty can be corrupted into self-righteousness, which can inspire a self-exemption from all laws, an embrace of power and the will to use it ruthlessly. Power is the central promise of evil, the dark light of that lamp, because nothing extinguishes the soul more quickly than pride in power.

Do you see what I mean? Donald Trump IS the poster child for pride in power; imho, right up there with Hitler and Stalin, Pol Pot and Idi Amin; men who will use any ruse, by any means, to do and get what they want. And what they want is POWER. And how they succeed in getting it is by counting on and feeding off hate, fear and resentment; tapping into and exploiting the basest of human qualities to the point where the people stop thinking and acting like human beings who are part of the human race.

“The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” ― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

Trump wants to build a giant wall on the Mexican border and implement a database system tracking Muslims in the United States. He wants to charge China a tax “until they behave properly,” eliminate corporate taxes entirely, take Iraq’s oil, repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood.

Trump’s vision for America will morally and ethically bankrupt us all. Empathy will give way to mistrust, caution will be thrown to the wind, the voices of reason will be silenced . . . but only if his mindless followers keep their blinders on.

He’s counting on it:

…man and mob. They feed off each other. The way his people eat up Trump’s unalloyed joy in bullying: the way a purse of his lips and a glance offstage summoned the security guard who ejected Univision’s Jorge Ramos from a press conference, like a casino pit boss with a whale who gets too handsy with the cocktail waitresses. Trump’s not-quite-veiled threat to Megyn Kelly: “I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be. But I wouldn’t do that.” The body language he uses to intimidate a hapless and plaintive Jeb Bush during the second Republican debate. If he’s just giving the people what they want, consider the people. Consider what they want.**

Do we want this man to be our president? Does he have the best interests of we, the people, at heart? Hitler said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” But only if they forget their humanity.

Please don’t be that guy.

 

* http://gawker.com/donald-trump-believes-his-supporters-are-morons-hes-ri-1729279807 ** http://www.salon.com/2015/10/07/donald_trump_american_hustler_the_frightening_fascist_tendencies_of_his_gop_rise/

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7 thoughts on “American Idiot

  1. Interesting. I’ve been watching the Fox News Debate. Fortunately, Trump wasn’t there. I don’t really believe he is a serious contender although I think he’s had a positive effect on things. His thoughtless spouting and shocking directness has loosened up everyone else and they’ve been much clearer on where they stand. As a Canadian I can appreciate that. Our politicians suffer greatly from political correctness and frustrating vagueness.

    • No doubt he’s shaken things up, Linnea. But he’s a contender, all right. If not in his own mind, then in the minds of far too many people who see him as The Guy Who Will Make America Great Again. Which is a catch-phrase with nothing but greed and hate and fear-mongering bloat behind it.

      That’s what’s scary: people listen to the guy but they aren’t hearing what he’s saying. At this point, Canada politicians’ PC and vagueness sound like heaven.

      As always, thank you for weighing in, Linnea.

      xo kk

  2. Interesting, but I can also see the passage talking about Obama, Hillary, Sanders, just about any politician. To focus on one shows your own bias and narrow-mindedness.

    • I appreciate your candor, rizon72. Not sure what passage you’re referring to. Regardless, you’re right, I’m biased. I believe Trump’s motives are entirely self-serving. I believe he’s a liar. I believe he is without empathy. I believe he’s a narcissist. I believe Power is his God.

      But me, narrow-minded? I respectfully disagree. My opinions are based on the evidence. All one need do is listen to the man himself. The things he has said to his fellow human beings? Unconscionable. His platform? Without substance. His number one priority?

      Donald Trump.

      I won’t be changing my mind about the man. Perhaps you won’t, either. What happens next is anybody’s guess. I know what I’m hoping…

      Thank you for taking the time to weigh in, rizon72.

      -kk

  3. Heh, those passages could indeed be about Trump, with far too many debate speeches, quotes, and tweets sounding like they’ve been lifted from horror novels. These are frightening days in American politics, to say the very least. :/

    • Mr kk and I were just talking about that this morning. I felt as you do, but mr kk reminded me that we’ve weathered social and economic and political upheavals in this country before…we’ve survived apathy, incompetence, buffoonary, back-room deals and shady goings-on…and despite it all, this country is still standing. Maybe on shaky ground, but I still believe there are more good people in this country than not. I just hope they remember to speak up now, and vote this November.

      As always, thank you for weighing in, mrs f.

      xoxo kk

      SIDE NOTE: mrs. f has written her own blog post on the subject, far more eloquently than I 🙂 :
      http://mrsfringe.com/2016/02/14/excuse-me-your-fly-is-open/

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