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
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,
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/