If we’re going to speak like Trump, why not go totally over the top? Because of many reasons.
As Donald Trump steamrolls across the 2016 Primary landscape and promises to make America great again by building walls to keep the illegal aliens out and fleeing companies in, the country’s electorate seriously needs to consider the prospect that President Trump might actually make America worse.
Just yesterday, Trump was quoted as saying there would be riots if he does not secure the Republican Presidential nomination at this summer’s national convention. Was he making an astute political observation, issuing a threat, or secretly giving orders to his rabid supporters, who hang on his every word (especially the more hateful ones) and appear frighteningly willing to do whatever it takes to get their man in the White House?
With Donald Trump, absolutely nothing seems out of the realm of possibility. At this point, the more outlandish the idea, the more likely I am to believe that Trump is either behind it, or would be willing to try it in order to win.
Last week, a Trump Rally in Chicago had to be canceled after a melee broke out between Trump’s supporters (his stormtroopers?) and anti-Trump demonstrators.
I’m surprised something like this hadn’t happened sooner. When that much hatred is being hurled around, someone’s bound to get offended. Not everyone in this country is willing to turn a blind eye or the other cheek to Trump’s constant verbal assaults. It was only a matter of time before somebody struck back.
Of course, I’m not advocating violence. I’d prefer to see people counter Trump’s hate speech with votes for other candidates. One way to handle a bully is to show him that you’re no longer intimidated, but another great solution is to vote him out of the schoolyard.
I question whether Trump is upset by what happened in Chicago, or if he has even the least bit of remorse for predicting Republican Convention riots. My gut tells me he delights in the chaos, and loves nothing more than to feed the starving beast that is the fed up Republican voter looking for a little payback after eight years of President Obama.
The logical person might then ask if this is the sort of thinking that America wants from its Commander-in-Chief. Should the person with the power to launch a nuclear attack be so enthralled with the idea of riling up the populace and creating a new world disorder?
My theory is that Donald Trump does not actually want to be President of the United States. I think this is merely an attempt to get more attention, stroke his ego, and thumb up his nose at the Republican establishment.
Someone in the Republican Party probably offended Trump, or didn’t take him seriously, and this is his way of showing them that he can take care of things himself.
He has put the nation on notice that he wants something done about illegal immigrants, he is not a fan of the trade agreements brokered by current office holders, and he wants ISIS eliminated while American companies are prevented from taking their business elsewhere.
The average American would voice his concerns about these issues by writing a letter to his Congressman, or by penning an editorial for the local newspaper. However, when you are a billionaire narcissist with no filter, those options are beneath you.
So you self-finance a run for President.
That way, rather than a polite form letter reply from a Congressional intern, you get the entire country debating your issues, free media coverage, and a chance to plug your steaks, water, and magazines on prime time television.
Trump has become the ringmaster of American Presidential Politics, but his circus is less about acrobats and other skilled performers, than it is about car after car filled with clowns.
How does Trump gracefully back out of his Presidential bid? Does he actually shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue, as he once predicted he could do without losing any supporters, and see if there are any consequences?
Or has Trump grown so thirsty with power after such frequent success in the primaries that he actually drank his own Kool-Aid? Does he now believe he can be President?
What would be President Trump’s legacy? Would be he remembered as a great leader, a man who spoke his mind, or the President who turned around our economy? Would he go down in history as the notorious wall builder, the man who caused the nation’s economic ruin when a large portion of Americans and their tax dollars moved to Canada, or the Last President of the United States after the country was bombed into nuclear oblivion, or the military rose up against him and installed a dictatorship?
Sure, maybe those options are a little outlandish, but are they any more wild than some of the things that Trump says while campaigning for the highest office in our land?
Of course, if I’m going to speak like Trump, why not go totally over the top?
What’s to stop President Trump from instituting The Purge?
The America depicted in The Purge is set in the 2020’s, which would be the second term of Trump’s Presidency. The man’s platform is solidly built on hate speech, the vilifying of foreigners, and the promise of taking extreme measures to make America great again.
Why waste time and money (even though Trumps swears Mexico is going to pay for the wall) on a huge border wall when you could just wait until Purge Night to legally kill all the people who have entered the country illegally?
If Trump’s supporters are willing to clash with anti-Trump demonstrators in Chicago, and riot if their leader isn’t given the Republican nomination, why wouldn’t they jump at the opportunity to exercise their right to bear arms in the name of making America great again?
Let’s arm the masses, rev them up with angry speeches about who is ruining this country, and then give these red-blooded Americans the legal right to decide who is the true menace to our patriotic society!
Purge Night would be the ultimate reality TV show with President Trump serving as the Executive Orders Producer. The ratings would be h-u-u-u-u-u-u-ge!
Right now, he’s only using words as weapons, but what happens when he’s given the keys to America’s nuclear arsenal?
You cannot deny that Donald Trump knows how to work his followers into a fervor, and history has proven that such leaders are often enormous trouble for those unfortunate people on the receiving end of the hate speech.
I know so many people are voting for Trump because they want change, and they feel in their hearts that voting for an establishment candidate will only mean four more years of the same old political nonsense.
All I can hope is that instead of voting out of anger for a change that might have an immediate impact on the country, Americans consider the long term side effects of a Trump Presidency.
Sure, I’m using extreme irony to make a point, but don’t you fear a future under the stewardship of a man who knows nothing about diplomacy and always seems to say the first hateful thing that comes to mind?
This piece originally appeared (in parts) on The Return of the Modern Philosopher.