Trump, the bully
Donald Trump is a bully. His normal reaction to people is to attack: The press is dishonest; Muslims are terrorists; the pope doesn’t understand; bad Mexicans come here; women don’t have the energy to be president; John McCain is not a hero; Marco Rubio is a choker, a nasty person, a liar, etc.
One might understand Trump’s followers by reading the book Lord of the Flies, in which some British children are stranded on an uninhabited island. A quiet, intelligent boy suggests that they build a fire in hopes that a passing ship will see it and come to their rescue.
Others in the group agree, but then a bully knocks him down and says, “Who made you our leader?” Then other boys (Trump voters) stand behind the bully, where they feel safer enforcing the first law of nature — self-preservation — even if they are on the side of might, not right.
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Very religious people have a subconscious fear of losing heaven, so they also become followers of the authoritarian figure.
Yes, all living creatures in the jungle, sea and sky, and the biological animal called man follow basic instinctive drives.
James A. Nolan
Trump bad for GOP
Donald Trump’s party, the GOP, is in disarray. It is not a good omen for Republicans come Election Day in November. Trump’s rudeness and crudeness on the debate stages and on the campaign trail are likely unprecedented in presidential primaries.
Yet, he is dominating his opponents, who have stooped to Trump’s level by engaging in personal put-downs that have nothing to do with the issues.
The path forward for Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is to continue debating and campaigning on the issues in a civil manner. Both are passionate on the issues and get contentious at times, but avoid the personal put-downs. There is such a contrast between the Democratic and Republican debates.
In debates and campaigning, both parties’ candidates should be appealing to the “better angels of our nature.” Thus far, only the Democrats are doing it.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.