There is a reason I don’t like clowns

picture from Auschwitz
In the real world there is a short distance from not taking a politician seriously to accepting Auschwitz. Photo: Pixabay

I have written a lot about Trump lately, and specifically about the criticism of him by people with seemingly low IQ. That doesn’t mean I think he’s the best thing that has happened to democracy. The point has been that democracy hasn’t exactly been thriving under Bush/Cheney/Haliburton and Obama/the banks either.

Criticism of wrongdoing and opposotion to the governmrnt is a part of democracy, and we shouldn’t stop doing it. Just cut the crap about how life would have been better under the queen of establishment. The best thing about Trump is that he isn’t trying to hide his intentions.

We need to pay attention of course, but there seems to be a strong apathy at the moment. CNN reported last summer that 5 300 water systems in the USA are in violation of lead rules. This didn’t happen under the much debated anti-science and regulation-Trump administration. I think it is ridiculous, as many have done, to compare Trump to Hitler or Mussolini if we also say that all previous presidents have been everything Trump isn’t. The comparison with Hitler may still have some merit, though. Paul von Hindenburg was elected the second president of Germany in 1925, and he was more than ready to retire in 1932 at the age of 84. He was still persuaded to run again because he was thought to be the only candidate that had a chance against Adolf Hitler. He won easily, but his health failed and he died in office, which made it easy for Hitler.

The book Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (link to Amazon) tells the story as it was seen and interpreted by American diplomats, journalists, soldiers, expats, visiting authors and Olympic athletes. The Germans didn’t take Hitler seriously at first and few American journalists saw him as anything but a clown either. He seems to have been more admired later and Time Magazine named him person of the year in 1938. This is a warning that once someone is in office we can’t see them as ridiculous. Many were amused by George W. Bush and media is even more intent on making fun of the new president. Maybe their reasoning is that this will make him weak, but I don’t think this makes state leaders less dangerous.

I close with a quote by Ursula Le Guin from her novel The Dispossessed. This seems relevant right now:

You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.

As for a comedian, anyone can be that. France’s Marie Le Pen could be next if we don’t show more responsibility. I wonder how much we would accept if Donald Trump made America great again. Would we still remember the people in the rest of the world?


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