One week before the presidential election: the media and voters wait ravenously for the skinny on a new cache of Hillary Clinton emails–from Anthony Weiner’s laptop!
“This is bigger than Watergate,” trumpets Trump.
“Lock her up,” roars the crowd.
And so the vexing, perplexing, nauseating double standards continue. Hiding in plain sight as F. B. I. Director James Comey makes a mess of things is a Newsweek report, “Donald Trump’s Companies Destroy Emails in Defiance of Court Orders.” Here’s the thesis:
Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders.
The assertion is beyond debate. Check out the article if you want proof, or just take my word for it. Simply put: Dishonesty and ruthlessness are Donald Trump’s way of doing business, and we’ve no reason to expect him not to govern in like fashion.
Sadly, no facts presented about Donald Trump matter. Many of his supporters insist that there’s nothing he could do–nothing!–to change their voting plans. No kidding.
With each new disclosure about the Donald, my wife Kathy says, “What are people thinking?”
Roger Cohen gives the scary answer in a July 25, 2016, column in The New York Times. Here are the opening lines:
[Russian author Leo] Tolstoy wrote of “epidemic suggestion” to describe those moments when humanity seems to be gripped by a kind of mass hypnosis that no force can counter. The resulting movements, like the Crusades or the 17th-century Dutch tulip craze, cannot be controlled. We find ourselves in such a moment.
Tolstoy died in 1910, but epidemic suggestion fits our situation a century later perfectly. It really does seem as if people are under a spell. Trump has mastered the Old Jedi Mind Trick: “You don’t need to see my tax returns.” “Nobody respects women more than I do. Nobody. Nobody. That I can tell you.”
Cohen’s article is a worthy five-minute read. Best stroke: “Facts are now a quaint hangover from a time of rational discourse.”
This morning of November 2, 2016, a Washington Post – ABC News poll finds that Clinton and Trump are tied. But–and this is a big but–Donald is apparently more honest and trustworthy than Hillary (46-38%).
As I drove Kathy to work a couple hours ago, I said, “You know, this election really might not matter much in the end.”
If Clinton wins, all indications are that we can expect Republicans to ratchet up their obstructionism and govern by means of attack and investigation. If Trump wins–and I believe this likely–then the man who asked why we shouldn’t use nukes will carry the football. Either way, epidemic suggestion has darkened our American heart and poisoned our spirit. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Abraham Lincoln’s words become prophecy:
From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.
With Trump signs dotting city tree lawns and spacious country yards, tens of millions of citizens are clearly comfortable resting Donald’s finger on the nuclear button.
Somebody please talk me out of the suspicion that in many ways, Donald Trump has already won. Please let me be wrong.
I’m not bereft of hope, but I am dizzy.