Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Can You See Him Actually Doing It?

According to Donald Trump, every nation in the world has been pillaging the United States and he's going to put an end to it. President Trump would not only stop it but he'll make sure everyone pays.

Trump's xenophobic populism has attracted a lot of devoted followers. It's an old formula that has well served many of the most hated individuals in history. The people as victims of some foreign oppressor. When times are hard it's an easy sell. You can scapegoat just about any group, within reason.

Of course levelling threats during an election and carrying them out afterward are considerably different matters. One surely must dread to imagine what it could mean if Trump gives life to his phobic bellicosity. He could find that America's power suits the US far better when it is welcomed than when it is imposed, especially with the neighbours - Europe, Canada, Mexico in particular.

Let's hope and pray that never happens. Let's hope that Hillary prevails. Yet, if she does, what happens to the disaffected who have flocked to support not just Trump but also Bernie Sanders? Their passions and discontent stoked, where do they go? I expect we won't have to wait very long before we find out.


Anonymous said...

'Let's hope that Hillary prevails"
Are you sure Mound?
Gossip aside, Hillary embodies the establishment which brought US and us into a pickle...

The Mound of Sound said...

They're both lousy choices, I agree. Yet I think Hillary would be less dangerous to the world than Trump. She's many things but she's not deranged. Trump, I have my doubts.

e.a.f. said...

if Trump decided to carry out all his "threats" he might find himself in a very nasty place, along with the rest of his nation.

As much as Trump likes to tell people how great they are, the U.S.A. is a country in decline. 50 million are on food stamps. that is not a country which is doing well. If Trump is elected and doesn't deliver, with all those guns, we had better build a wall to keep the bullets from flying this way. Some of our cities are a tad close to the 49th.

Anonymous said...

Hillary means more wars, worldwide.
I am no Quaker, but this would be good reason for me to vote Trump.
He might be bombastic, abrasive, but he does not act as a mentally unstable.

The Mound of Sound said...

Hillary might mean more wars, A..non, but I think she's far less likely to start poking China or Russia in the eye with a sharp stick. I'm very much "none of the above" when it comes to those two.

Anonymous said...

Poking Russia?
Putin is on record endorsing Drumpf...