Stephen Dinan has opened up an important area of political research, an area that so far seems to be confined to a host of related disciplines--from psychology to religion to New Age studies. This is the new, stunning political imperative he has proposed: We must defeat Donald Trump for his own good.
This imperative, when fully understood, will give access to an untapped reservoir of political power: The power of men and women of good will to plunge head-on into the political fray. Their conscience will call them to action, if the ultimate purpose of the next election is, not to elect Hillary Clinton, but to defeat Trump--for his own goods and the good of the entire world.
The floodgate will be opened for Republicans and Independents to join the crusade.
Recourse to history should help prove the point. It is by now evident that Trump has an authoritarian bent just like that of Mussolini and Hitler. We need to remember how did they spend their last days on earth to realize that we must not let this fate befall Donald Trump. Deep inside Donald Trump is not that bad yet.
And fall, eventually would Trump inexorably fall. The autocrat does not tolerate opposing points of view; when he cannot silence his opponents, he will lock them up--and institute progressively worse actions of repression.
Donald Trump does not have the means to keep all his promises, hence not only will his enemies fight him tooth and nails, gradually his old friends and then his new friends will abandon him.
He hopes to accomplish things by sheer force of his will (do you still exalt Nietzsche?), and he can undoubtedly accomplish a few things he wants. Inconceivably, but possibly, he will win the election and become the next president of the United States. He is riding a wave of deep despair. No promises of the current political establishment have ultimately been fulfilled. Things for the middle class, the lower middle class, and the poor have grown progressively worse.
The point is this: Donald Trump does not have any program to change any of these conditions. He offers only bluster and threats of use of violence. Violence will not solve any real problem. Undoubtedly with many variations on the theme, violence will only recreate the horrible conditions that led to World War II. A next world war will be more devastating than that.
The media have a tremendous responsibility. They ought to make these social dynamics very clear by a relentless remembrance of history. Instant gratification is just that. The long record of history is there to be comprehensively investigated. The social media have to convince Trump's followers that Tramp's policies--or lack of--are not good for him, and ultimately not good for them.
Do bullies among the crowds supporting Trump really want to continue in actions that are despicable and leave them empty and angrier at any torque? The bully alone cannot control himself (or herself!), because pride makes bullies "fools" who "despise wisdom and instruction."
The victim alone cannot control the bully because s/he is too enfeebled by the process.
To coin a phrase, it takes a village to subdue a bully.
Most certainly, as a nation, we know how to control bullies--whether they are in a position of authority or powerless human beings.
Bullying and violence, so large a part of our city and country life, cannot be tolerated any longer.
The social media--and the political establishment--ought to call for a national rally of forces to control bullying. Certainly there are experts in this country who, given the proper platform will come forward with a thousand solutions to be applied in their own communities.