The dark side of America has won this round. Donald Trump appeals to the basest instincts of our citizens. He will be running for president of the United States. He will be the nominee of the Republican Party.
Trump is a salesman. He sells himself. His pitch is appealing. “Make America Great Again.” It is a vapid and empty slogan. Why do people buy it? For the same reason that people buy into get rich schemes. It is simple. It makes them feel like they are part of something greater than themselves.
There is nothing wrong with America. It is rich. It is strong. People will do anything to get here. Nobody wants to leave.
Trump rants about building walls. He shouts religious edicts about Muslims. His opponents (anyone who disagrees with him) are “losers, pathetic and sad.” His programs, on the other hand, are “beautiful, incredible and fantastic.”
Many people support him. Not all of them are stupid or racist. But enough of them are to raise alarms. His election would be a mandate to stop social progress. The gains we have made in human rights would erode. That includes a woman’s right to privacy.
It means racial equality would no longer be a goal. Gender equity, affordable housing, and health care also would not be goals. And forget a reasonable solution to the legalization of immigrants.
We do not have radar that allows us to see through the fog of the future. We have to settle for what we think is on the other side. An America sinking into the cold waters of rampant fear and anger is possible. Donald Trump must not be the captain and America must not be the Titanic.