“I represent a large group of people that have a lot of anger.” So says The Donald in the wake of what looks like a near riot which stopped one of his meetings. You might think that the anger would come from the poor, the unemployed, the manifest losers- and you might be wrong. The Trump appeals to every social level from entrepreneurs to evangelical Christians. Why ? Why is America thinking of replacing a thoughtful, highly intelligent law professor with a bumptious lout trying to sell vodka and steaks with which he has no connection ?
Obama summarised his foreign policy as DDSS ( Don’t Do Stupid Shit.) So did Trump – “ Bomb the Shit out of Them.” Now come on, which one would you choose ?
But anger isn’t limited to America. You only have to look at the Middle East to see the nihilistic anger of ISIS. Look at the extreme right parties in Europe in Germany and Spain.
Look at the UK and you see the wonder that is Jeremy Corbyn. Last year Corbyn was elected to be Leader of the Labour Party by a massive majority. He’s a 1980’s died -in- the wool Marxist and so are his merry band of brothers. He was the Joke Candidate chosen by an electorate which had largely never voted for anything before and he has all the decisiveness of a whelk. Someone should tell him that the Berlin Wall has fallen.
Where is the anger coming from ? I think that it comes from broken promises. Politicians have lost contact with their electorates and retreated into incestuous arguments of their own. The Promised Land has not arrived as promised four years ago, so now we will elect someone who is authentic and fresh….and incompetent… and stupid.
Don’t get me wrong. Anger is a perfectly legitimate reaction to political incompetence, but what happens when Anger elects AngryMan ? What follows ? Should the Trump ( isn’t the name so descriptive of the man ) actually gets into the White House, what’s he going to DO on Day 1 ? How is he going to deal with his friends ( if there are any) and more importantly, his enemies ?
When are we going to realise that politicians are a necessary evil and that though democracy is a crumbling,inefficient way of government, it’s the only one we’ve got ?
Unless you want The Donald as “ President for LIfe”, of course.