Monday, March 21, 2016


What Donald Trump’s speeches amount to are belching in public.  If he would just do that into Melania’s ears that would be one thing.   But for those of us interested in the well being of the republic and feel compelled to view the crass, tawdry, ostentatious, smutty clown, we want to, somehow, fend off the vaporous on stage fumes coming from the lower regions of his colon. 

We all know that he is a vile demagogue who harnesses and foments racism, bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, irrational patriotism, calls followers to violence and preys on fear.  But for those of us who are not the hate-filled barbarians who have education, it is our duty to revisit enlightenment ideas that are at the basis of what is best about Western civilization.  This is so because Trump and his hate-filled, depraved minions of millions would destroy the foundations of the American republic.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written during the “age of enlightenment,” a period which is characterized by advocating democracy, individual liberty, freedom of expression, and eradication of irrational religious authority.  The philosophers of the period held to the concepts of inherent, inalienable rights.   Integral in the view is the dignity, worth and value of all humans.  Also, essential to the enlightenment view is belief in the scientific method  --the nature of knowledge, regards reason as the chief source and test of knowledge.”

But troglodyte Trumpians tend to be those who believe in religion untouched by reason, are anti-science (evolution, climate change ideas are fraudulent), believe in the dignity and worth only of white people, want a fundamentalist Christian government, are anti-rational, and –most certainly- do not have the education and/or intelligence to understand the abstract concepts enumerated here.  Concepts such as law, morality, common human decency (along with Trump they, no doubt, believe that “something beyond waterboarding” is acceptable torture),  are not part of their world where emotion trumps reason.

The barbarians are at the gates, belching hatred and looking for a Mexican or a Black to beat with their fists.