Requiem for a Republic?

by mindpilot @, la Playa Buenavista, Friday, November 13, 2020, 14:21 (345 days ago) @ Padrino

All I can say is I believe you have likely never been less wrong. I too have dropped quite a few acquaintances, and lost some lifelong friends who became Trump supporters.

I share your fear. Even if the transition is officially relatively smooth and Trump walks out of the WH voluntarily, that does not change the cult that has grown up around him. The next few weeks, I believe will determine the future of the US for a long time to come.

For a good look at who Trump is, I recommend Michael Cohen's book Disloyal, and Mary Trump's book Too Much and Never Enough. Trump sees the world in stark black and white. In his world there are only winners and losers; to him the winner must always be Donald Trump, and everyone else must be a loser. His narcistic and sociopathic personality prevents him from experiencing most normal human emotions like empathy or compassion. For the most part the only joy he feels is in the pain of others...the losers. The only thing that has kept the US intact for the past 4 years, is that Trump is not very smart.

The fact that there are a significant number of USAonians who are completely supportive of a strongman dictator and the gratuitous violence and cruelty he brings down on his perceived enemies is a serious concern. There are people I used to call my countrymen, "my fellow Americans", who would gleefully watch leftists like me dragged off to a camp, or simply shot dead in the street. I do not believe that is an exaggeration. I have directly received those threats on social media.

Many, many Trump supporters will simply slide back into obscurity, take down their flags and signs, and within the next six months you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who will admit to voting for him.

But that doesn't change who they are and, as has been said many times, you cannot be an American and support Nazism. We literally had a war about that.

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