Be Afraid, America, Very Afraid …

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For those of you who may have been wondering why I haven’t posted anything about the election of Donald Trump, sorry. Between work, getting the next chapter together, fundraising for AIDS Walk, and trying to gather my thoughts about The Orange One, I’ve been busy.

I hope to get something up within the next seventy-two hours. In the meantime, you’ll have to satisfy yourself with this, which I originally posted earlier this year.

Originally Posted on July 21, 2016

Ezra Klein of Vox has just published the single best summing up of Donald Trump I’ve seen to date. If you read nothing else about the man, read this.

Donald Trump is not a man who should be president. This is not an ideological judgment. This is not something I would say about Mitt Romney or Marco Rubio. This is not a disagreement over Donald Trump’s tax plan or his climate policies. This is about Trump’s character, his temperament, his impulsiveness, his basic decency.

Back in February, I wrote that Trump is the most dangerous major candidate for president in memory. He pairs terrible ideas with an alarming temperament; he’s a racist, a sexist, and a demagogue, but he’s also a narcissist, a bully, and a dilettante. He lies so constantly and so fluently that it’s hard to know if he even realizes he’s lying. He delights in schoolyard taunts and luxuriates in backlash.

He has had plenty of time to prove me, and everyone else, wrong. But he hasn’t. He has not become more responsible or more sober, more decent or more generous, more considered or more informed, more careful or more kind … He is a person who should not be president. That he is being brought this close to the presidency — that he is one major mistake by Hillary Clinton away from winning it — should scare us all.

You can read the entire indictment here. It is well worth your time. Then share it with everyone you know.

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2 thoughts on “Be Afraid, America, Very Afraid …

  1. Kit: Maybe Trump is simply in the logic: A society that encourages narcissism produces an Über-narcissist. If only he were the narcissist to end all narcissists. Have a big hug (I know it must be terrible being so close to the precipice of the abyss), Dan

    Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:47:19 +0000 To: droseman@sympatico.ca

    1. Trump is a narcissist, Dan, no doubt about it, but he’s more than just a narcissist. He’s a bigot, a bully, and a racist. But mostly he’s a fraud and a con man, someone who’s enriched himself at the expense of those who trusted him and invested in his business adventures.

      And he’s dangerous as well. Garry Kasparov, the former World Chess Champion, summed up his acceptance speech last night well: “I’ve heard this sort of speech a lot in the last 15 years and trust me, it doesn’t sound any better in Russian.”

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