So, last night I watched our ABC’s program Foreign Correspondent on the rise of Donald Trump.
I’ve read the headlines, some articles and have been left incredulous the man is in this current position as bona fide Republican candidate.
After I watched the program, I was left thinking, if this man, who has made a fortune, (but at what cost to the people and communities left behind) was instead a middle-class person, his arrogant rants and ideas would be dismissed as hyperbole, obnoxious senselessness or even madness.
The man is a blare of shouts and bullying, a vessel of flagrantly offensive and even more often, hateful, opinions.
He does little but capture a population who are also frustrated. That is not a pathway to change. It is merely venting. I cannot understand a society that is happy to complain but does little to enact change.
An example is blaming immigrants who illegally cross the border as the cause of America’s economic position. Rather than learn about had choices in state and government policy and budgetary decisions, blame a scapegoat.
It is just an embrace of rhetoric and about as useful as chanting on social media.
There are no policies, there is no vision. I cannot help but think of late 1920s and 1930s Germany when I hear him tear off on some intolerant ideology.
He is a man dangerously out of time with both social realism, morals and humanity.
What I cannot see in any way, shape or form in Mr Trump are the ingredients for a leader. He is like one of those old travelling showmen, with their big tents, podium and fire and brimstone. Or even the Wizard of OZ-draw the curtain aside and there is a humbug.
At least the Wizard had a kind heart.
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