The fact is that the human race is basically selfish. Some would argue that the more ignorant you are then the more selfish you are likely to be. I guess this goes back to the basic instinct of self preservation. In the United States right now it seems that POTUS is deliberately exploiting the idea that if you shout the ideas of threat and fear then the ignorant will respond with an automatic reflex of self preservation.
He calculates that the human deprivation of the caravan of distress from the South will not enter the consciousness of the republican voters, who will rally in their millions to maintain a republican majority in both houses. Self, self, self! What happened to the idea of the liberal welcome associated with the Statue of Liberty that enshrines the very soul of the American idea?
It is interesting that the populist Trump will lie to reinforce the selfish idea, he encourages the most primeval motives of self preservation even when they are based on an entirely false premise.
This begs the question, ‘why do millions of Americans believe him?’ ‘Do they believe him?
The answer is because they want to. They want to believe in Trump, because whatever else he is. he is charismatic, he does promise short term rewards, he is delivering economic improvement in the short term, he is putting more dollars in the collective pocket.
At the same time he is wantonly endangering the climate, he is starting a trade war which endangers the developing economies, he tolerates mass murder by encouraging the gun lobby, and he enjoys, yes enjoys making up lies.
The point is nobody cares how he behaves if there’s an extra dollar in the American collective pocket. Wow! that is an awful condemnation of the American psyche.
If the Democratic party in the US fails then they will fail to stir the collective conscience of the American people. They will fail because they are leaderless and seem to have no idea of a charismatic candidate to shout the truth against the populist liar Trump.
Tuesday is a huge day for the US and the world at large. I hope, I hope – America please don’t let the rest of us down.