Many have tried to put a chink in Mr. Trump’s armor by name calling, or denigrating his supporters. For better or worse they are still our fellow citizens. How to live with them? Of course I’m assuming that the overwhelming majority on this blog would rather not. However, I believe the right inroads have not been made to develop a vision of a united country versus one where the “Hatfields and McCoys” pepper the landscape. I wrote the following comment in the Globe on yet another Trump story. Of course I also had to put in a plug for my candidate, Bernie Sanders.
“More than one candidate has used MSM’s negative image to their advantage. The Donald’s wealth and crude directness wins people over. There is one thing to keep in mind, however. Donald Trump spares no one who tries to disturb his self aggrandizing plans.
He attacked the people of his Mom’s birthplace while at the same time using it to his own advantage. He claimed he was building a luxury golf course, par none, in Menie, Scotland, because of his heritage. The land he chose was a unique environmentally sensitive area, recognized so by experts. He used his dollars and expensive lawyers to destroy these concerns. He disparaged the people living there as disgusting, and put down their multi generational lifestyle(his Mom’s people). Expensive lawyering brought the central government to his side. He overrode the local government’s rejection of his project by dangling a pledge to boost the economy.
He grabbed land under dispute trying to displace local inhabitants who lived there many years. Trump could not dislodge them. So he built a dirt wall to hide the “pig styes” from view(his words). A journalist trying to capture what was going on was arrested. This is who he is.
However he is right about one thing. There are many in this country who want things fixed pronto. He beats his chest, saying trust me, I will get it done better than anyone else. But is the Donald’s way going to make us a more united country?
He embodies a type of capitalism that says it is right to suck the lifeblood out of others in order to succeed. This club wants to retool American values to support ruthlessness. His speeches hit an important nerve of many voters. The question is whether they will like what his vision brings. The Scotland example is well documented, and reflects his general way of “making the deal”. Someone has to get hurt.
The other supposed “rebel” in this race is Bernie Sanders. His life story is a striking contrast. Leaving wealth aside, Senator Sanders’s aim has always been to reshape society so all benefit. He does not believe engaging in a “zero sum game” helps people. This includes the disaffected that support Mr. Trump.
Bernie welcomes anyone to make this country better and more inclusive. The majority culture and the minority cultures should be able to live side by side having real debates about what improves our lots. The resentment factor has to be replaced with respect and cooperation.
Trump supporters should give Bernie a look. He is the better deal and the better candidate.”