This week, in some State primaries, Trump won over 60% of the vote. Not 50%, which is terrifying, but 60%, which makes him a real threat to our democracy. Trump as President presents an unthinkable thought. In National polling, Hillary defeats Trump, 50% to 39%. In the 1976 election, at the beginning of the campaign, Carter held a twenty point advantage over Ford, but when the dust settled, he barely squeaked out a victory. Trump will pull out all stops to destroy “criminal Hillary.” After 25 years of Clinton bashing, with an electorate madder than hell, she is vulnerable, regardess of her current 11% lead. Kierkegaard would say Republicans as well as Democrats and Independents are suspended over 70,000 fathoms.
More durable than diamonds is character. That an enlarging consensus, at this late date, subscribes to the delusion Trump can change his ways and “act Presidential” boggles the mind. Yesterday, he gave a speech on foreign policy that amounted to word salad. Yet today, Senator Corker claimed that this mish-mash indicated Trump was evolving. Are you kidding me! And what did the citizenry in five States shout to the heavens last Tuesday? We believe! They believe this one man, an escapee from reality TV, wields omnipotent powers. Why? Trump said so! while peddling his rubbish for nearly a year. He bestrides the globe like a colossus. He comes unleashing the thunderbolts of Zeus. When that great voice speaks, he says it the way it is, and the planet, north and south, east and west, listens to every word. Show-biz can do that for you.
The astonishing fact is the problem has been brilliantly diagnosed. It’s known as The Charlie Brown Syndrome. Poor Charlie never learns, never pays attention to his experience, preferring his fantasies. He can’t just accept the cruel fact that wishing won’t make it so. Lucy is forever Lucy. At his press conference with David Cameron, President Obama urged the 28 nations comprising the European Union not to have local Lucys’ run the show with a return to nationalism. Working together brought 75 years of peace, a re-built continent. In the 20th century, Lucy brought a re-run of The Thirty Years War. Charlie, are you listening?
When Lucy showed up in a Nazi uniform, Charlie believed. Charlie and Lucy go way back. When Napolean escaped from Elbe, though he had turned Europe into a charnel house, Charlie believed. 100 days later, 50,000 died at Waterloo.
Brutus heard the people shouting, dazzled by Caesar, a political rally packed with Roman citizenry. He takes counsel with himself.
He would be crowned.
It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,
And that craves wary walking. Crown him king,
And then, I grant, we put a sting in him
That at his will he may do danger with.
And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg
Which hatched, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell.