A great many important issues face us Americans as a new Presidential term begins—nuclear weapons, trade agreements, fracking, climate change, economic stagnation, the likelihood of financial crash.
But among my circle of acquaintances, hardly anybody wants to talk about these things. All anybody wants to talk about is Donald Trump, and the outrageous things he says. It can be highly enjoyable to have such an obvious target.
I think that it is an objective fact that Trump is temperamentally, intellectually and morally unfit to be President of the United States. I think this is becoming more manifest as the campaign goes on. I base this more on his record as a business owner and public figure than what he says on a day-to-day basis, but what his statements show a lack of knowledge and a lack of discipline.
The problem is that the real problems of the country go unaddressed, and the most that can be hoped for in this election is a preservation of a bad status quo.
Donald Trump admires Vladimir Putin. He would like to be a popular authoritarian nationalist, as Putin is, and crush his critics and political opponents.
Sadly for him and fortunately for the USA, Trump lacks Putin’s ability to think strategically and act decisively. Trump lacks the most important quality of a ruler, which is the ability to rule himself.
But suppose that four years from now, or eight years from now, the USA is bogged down in another quagmire war and another recession, as is quite likely under a Hillary Clinton administration.
Suppose another American power-seeker comes along who stands for the same things that Trump does, but has the qualities of a Putin.
Or not even that. Trump has shown how many people there are in this country who will latch onto almost anyone who expresses their discontent and frustration with the powers that be.
Suppose a Trump-like demagogue emerges who merely has the ability to act like an adult instead of a spoiled 12-year-old. What then?
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