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“PRESIDENT” TRUMP’S MARCH TO THE WHITE HOUSE:

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 

 

As some desperately scramble for explanations regarding how Donald Trump became the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican Party, they might consider the similarities between the strategy and tactics that guided General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.”  In a November 17, 2014 article, the chief executive of the Georgia Historical Society, W. Todd Groce wrote that Sherman reasoned, “…Making the war as harsh as possible would bring victory more quickly, …undermine Confederate morale on the home front, trigger a wave of desertions from the insurgent armies, destroy the Confederacy’s ability to wage war and prove to the rebels that their cause was hopeless and their government impotent to protect them and their property.  

…Some homes …were burned; private dwellings were entered and personal property was taken or ruined; and civilians were stripped of more food than the army needed or could possibly consume.  …But the fear Sherman created was as powerful as his acts of destruction. …Like the total war tactics of his 20th century successors and the ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ employed more recently, the March to the Sea reveals the …extent to which Americans are willing to go when our national existence is at stake.”

During his March to the White House, “President” Trump armed himself with the rationalization that his mission was to “make America great again” and, therefore, he could do so by any brutal means he deemed necessary.  As part of his initial salvo, Trump assaulted Jeb Bush by labeling him as “low energy” and then proceeded to “play the dozens” by making derogatory remarks about his mama, daddy, brother and wife. 

“President” Trump quickly displayed his willingness to wallow in the gutter when he said of Megyn Kelly that she had "blood coming out of her wherever."  He had no shame in asserting that Mexican immigrants were rapists and murderers or that Hispanics and African Americans committed most of the violent crimes in major cities. 

“President” Trump’s “scorched earth” tactics included verbal assaults on Senator McCain, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz.  He spared no vengeance against any and all others who attempted to block his path.  His mouth served as a semi-automatic weapon that spewed racist, ethnocentric, and misogynistic messages.  His extreme tactics seemed to have no limits as he advocated for more countries to have nuclear weapons, suggested that we withdraw from NATO leadership, and repeatedly threatened Mexico.  

“President” Trump claimed to only launch his vitriolic attacks after first being attacked but, over time, his behavior made it clear that he was more like the mythological Werewolf who had to periodically feed his thirst for blood.  Time after time “President” Trump did things that were so beyond the pale that many thought each would end his presidential campaign.  For many, his conduct was as deep in the foulest gutter any of them had ever witnessed.  His misconduct was so gross that leading Republicans did all they could to stem his March to the White House. 

 Commenting on “President” Trump’s despicable tactics on May 3, 2016, former presidential candidate Ted Cruz said, “This man is a pathological liar, he doesn't know the difference between truth and lies ... in a pattern that is straight out of a psychology text book, he accuses everyone of lying…  Whatever lie he's telling, at that minute, he believes it ... the man is utterly amoral…  Donald is a bully ... bullies don't come from strength they come from weakness.   (Trump) … is a narcissist at a level that I don't think this country has ever seen. ... Everything in Donald's world is about Donald.  (Trump) is utterly amoral. Morality does not exist for him.  …Donald is terrified by strong women; he lashes out at them…  (Trump is) a serial philanderer.  And he boasts about it ... describes his battle with venereal disease as his own personal Vietnam…”

Prior to “President” Trump’s March to the White House, the often referenced “afraid and angry” civilians had already been terrorized by their loss of jobs and the reality of their life circumstances deteriorating at a rapid rate.  They were already hunkered down against any cultural phenomenon that diverged from their norms, e.g., differences in sexual orientation, language, religion, race, national origin, and beliefs regarding women’s rights. “President” Trump fed their fears by unashamedly serving them scapegoats, e.g., Hispanics, illegal immigrants, and women who were not afraid of him. 

Now that he is the “last man standing” for the Republicans, some are crying crocodile tears about how “we arrived at this God-awful place with Trump” but, in the coming days, watch how many rationalize their support of “President” Trump.   

Although the distinguished Lindsey Graham said the only person Trump could beat in a November general election was Lucifer, witness how “party unity” will provide a powerful drug that enables folks to mask the evil things their presumptive candidate did.  Keep count as Republican members of Congress come to the aid of the “Grand Old Party” even though they profess to be bothered by the stench emanating from their leader.  After all that was said and done, not even Cruz has been able to bring himself to say he won’t support “President” Trump.

Watch carefully how xenophobia serves as adrenalin for building a “great wall” not only along our southern border but also around the entrance to colleges and universities as well as other venues the truly disenfranchised need for mobility.  

Take heed of how many potential voters have been seduced into the mindset of “Trump is a disaster, but I have problems with Hillary too.”  Never mind the fact that Hillary Clinton is a Yale Law graduate who has served as a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady of Arkansas as well as the United States, and whose total public office experiences exceed most of those who have ever run for the presidency.   

In sum, his very vile conduct led to a plethora of public complaints about “President” Trump but, in the final analysis, millions voted for him because “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Because he is precisely where their hearts are, record breaking numbers of Americans gave “President” Trump their most significant civic treasure, i.e., their vote.    

Racism, poverty, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and more continue to strangle American national progress because so many have hardened their hearts against progressive changes.  If in November more people decide to store their civic treasure in the wrong place, then the century-long embers will continue to burn and perhaps burst into flames. 

 

Jack L. Daniel

Co-Founder, Freed Panther Society

Pittsburgh Urban Media Contributor

May 6, 2016

 

 

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