Back in 2008, many of us felt, check that, KNEW, the DNC cheated by putting Barack Obama at the top of the Presidential ticket, threatening delegates to fall in line and not even wanting them to give Clinton the delegate votes she earned, but attempted to make it unanimous behind their chosen one. (You may recall that they also took actual votes cast for Clinton and gave them to Obama. Flat out gave away votes registered by American citizens. Wow.) We resisted the drumbeat of Obama cultists and sycophants to “unite the party” then, claiming the mantle of PUMA + Party Unity My Ass.
As an aside, for many of us, myself included, that was the end of our choosing the Democratic party to represent us since it evidenced so clearly how completely un-Democratic it was/is. Considering how far Left it is now, it was bound to leave me behind. But that’s just me.
Anyway, now the Trumpsters are calling for the Republican Party to unite behind their Charlatan Con-Man whom they have apparently chosen based solely on his persona and nothing else. They don’t give a whit about what he has said, what his ever-changing positions are, how he treats people including those whose votes he wants, and even encourages his Trumpsters to get up in the grills of people to strong arm them into voting for this singularly unsuitable candidate.
But then as now, not just because I am an Independent, but because I am a thinking, moral, ethical person, I will not fall in line. PUMA then, PUMA now. And here are some reasons why from an excellent, albeit disturbing, article in WaPo, “This is how fascism comes to America,” by Robert Kagan (h/t my dear friend, Gina, for the link):
The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.
But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy. Trump has transcended the party that produced him. His growing army of supporters no longer cares about the party. Because it did not immediately and fully embrace Trump, because a dwindling number of its political and intellectual leaders still resist him, the party is regarded with suspicion and even hostility by his followers. Their allegiance is to him and him alone.
And the source of allegiance? We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others” — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision. His program, such as it is, consists chiefly of promises to get tough with foreigners and people of nonwhite complexion. He will deport them, bar them, get them to knuckle under, make them pay up or make them shut up.
Well, that pretty much sums up how Trump and his minions are acting. But as Kagan notes, a Trump Presidency is dangerous to the Republic. In fact, it hastens the rise of this nation toward Fascism:
A great number will simply kid themselves, refusing to admit that something very different from the usual politics is afoot. Let the storm pass, they insist, and then we can pick up the pieces, rebuild and get back to normal. Meanwhile, don’t alienate the leader’s mass following. After all, they are voters and will need to be brought back into the fold. As for Trump himself, let’s shape him, advise him, steer him in the right direction and, not incidentally, save our political skins.
What these people do not or will not see is that, once in power, Trump will owe them and their party nothing. He will have ridden to power despite the party, catapulted into the White House by a mass following devoted only to him. By then that following will have grown dramatically. Today, less than 5 percent of eligible voters have voted for Trump. But if he wins the election, his legions will likely comprise a majority of the nation. Imagine the power he would wield then. In addition to all that comes from being the leader of a mass following, he would also have the immense powers of the American presidency at his command: the Justice Department, the FBI, the intelligence services, the military. Who would dare to oppose him then? Certainly not a Republican Party that lay down before him even when he was comparatively weak. And is a man like Trump, with infinitely greater power in his hands, likely to become more humble, more judicious, more generous, less vengeful than he is today, than he has been his whole life? Does vast power un-corrupt?
This is how fascism comes to America, not with jackboots and salutes (although there have been salutes, and a whiff of violence) but with a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, and with an entire national political party — out of ambition or blind party loyalty, or simply out of fear — falling into line behind him. (Click here to read the rest.)
That is just it – there are those who think they can just go ahead and let this man into the White House, and we’ll deal with it later.
How has that mindset worked out with twice-elected President Barack Obama? Yeah, not so hot.
Trump is WAY more of an unknown, loose canon, loony tunes than Obama is. And yes, electing someone like him based on nothing more than a bunch of empty, meaningless words and his portrayal of what he thinks a Republican is, will do untold damage to this nation. For Republicans to now be pushing for Party Unity, and to attempt to “normalize” someone like Trump says a whole lot about them, and none of it good.
We can’t have that. We just cannot. A third party needs to rise up, or the Delegates need to get a grasp on reality, SOMETHING, to keep this man out of office. And no, we won’t unify behind him. Not just no, HELL no.
At least that’s what I say. How about you?
This is an Open Thread.