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My Last Post on Trump August 9, 2016

Posted by ethlite in Uncategorized.
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I was writing another post about Trump supporters, ready to declare my intention to leave the US in the event of a Trump presidency when I caught myself in the thought that feeding our collective addiction to righteous indignation is what got us here in the first place.

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Donald Trump is but a symptom of some long standing issues of unbridled capitalism, culminating in a culture of ego worshipping and rampant materialism. However, whatever happens to his candidacy, I believe the best response is to do your best to ignore it. Yes, a Trump presidency will likely be a series of disasters, some of which may be difficult or even impossible to recover from. But we need to deal with the world as it is, not to escape into childish fantasies of how it ought to be.

Some 40 percent of this country support Trump, that’s the reality we must face head on to have any chance of changing it. It’s not to say I give any credence to Trump and anything he stands for. But if all we do basically amounts to being mad at Trump supporters, we are no better than they are. We need to focus on being the well adjusted adults our society so desperately need us to be.

I am not naive enough to think that it’s just a matter of miscommunication, that all we really need to do is to “educate” people. No, Trump supporters are not going to be moved by pontifications about equality and human rights, nor pleads of cooperation and mutual self interest. But whatever they are, they are not monsters. Most of them are decent, hardworking people who have been sold out by their politicians. They think Donald Trump is their best chance of being heard, because he speaks their language. Even if what comes across often seem like nothing but snarls, we need to understand what they are trying to say, not criticize how they are saying it.

No, I don’t know how to prevent a Trump presidency. No, I don’t know any Trump supporters. However, I have resolved to not complain about Trump or his supporters, and to not run away if Trump wins presidency. Why not? Because even if I thought I was a Jew in Germany, 1939, where would my America be?