To many people the rise of Donald Trump is scary. It’s understandable. Conflict can be scary. The thought of losing a battle like this can shock the conscience. It seems like America has never been so divided. Republicans are claiming that it’s President Obama’s fault. They say he’s the most divisive president in history. Obviously they are wrong. The most divisive president in history was Abraham Lincoln. He took the country into a literal civil war. Over a hundred years after Lincoln’s death he is widely considered to be the greatest ever U.S. President. At the very least he’s the most popular president in history.
Kind of amazing when you think about it, but I’m sure towards the beginning of the Civil War he felt a lot like Democrats do today. Asking themselves the scary question…What if we lose? But while the Civil War was a tragedy the reality is it was almost certainly necessary. The south was living in a delusion. They miscalculated. They believed that more people in this country supported their horrible ideas than what actually did in reality. They believed that a war would get those who shared their values to rise up and reveal their Silent Majority. Losing the war forced them back to reality. At least for a while.
Go to a Donald Trump rally and one of the most prominent signs you’ll see being waived around by his supporters is that “The Silent Majority Supports Trump!” This notion of a “silent majority” has been around in the Republican Party since all the way back to Richard Nixon. It was part of his Southern Strategy. It’s a code word for closet racists to identify themselves to others. It’s kind of like the rainbow for gay people. It’s a way for them to identify like minded bigots without running the risk of saying something openly racist that could get them in trouble.
The people who support Trump believe they are part of a secret society that actually significantly outnumbers the rest of society. They believe that Ivory Tower Liberals use Political Correctness, the Race card, and the left wing media(which in their minds is all media) to keep them quiet when in reality there are far more people in this country that think the way they do than anybody realizes. They point to the ratings at Fox News and conservative talk radio to back their delusion. They think these people simply stay quiet because they fear being called a racist, a bigot, or a misogynist.
The racist south is making the same mistake today that it made during the Civil War. They are deluding themselves into believing that their ideas are far more popular than they truly are. They believe that the only reason they lost the last two elections to a black man named Barack Hussein Obama is because they sent a “nice guy” that tried to be too politically correct. In their delusional minds McCain and Romney turned off too many of their secret society by pandering to the middle. They believe that if they just send up a candidate who truly and unabashedly articulates their virtues that millions of Americans who think like them will magically get up off the sidelines and vote to take “their” country back.
Trump’s rise is certainly scary, but I believe it is also necessary. I see it is an opportunity. It’s a chance to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt to these people that everything they believe about America is wrong. To show them once and for all that they are not a Silent Majority. To demonstrate to them unequivocally that they are in fact a very loud and obnoxious Minority whose time has passed.
I believe it is actually reasonable people who bite their tongue all too often in passing conversation. As a white man I’ve experienced first hand too many white men who think they can make statements around me because I’m a white man like them, and so I won’t judge them. They look around to make sure there are no black people or women in ear shot before they tell me the disturbing joke they think I’ll appreciate.
Donald Trump needs to be crushed this November. Beating him by 51% isn’t good enough. 51% tells white men that they are outnumbered a bit, but they know they have all the guns, and they know all the feminists women that supported Hillary can’t dig a decent fox hole. 51% leads to another Civil War, and unlike Iron Man vs Captain America it won’t be an entertaining one.
To anybody who is Bernie or Bust…To anybody who thinks Hillary is just as bad…to anybody who has suddenly decided they are a libertarian… most importantly to Republicans considering sitting this one out. It’s time to wake up and realize the moment in history we are in. The 2016 Election is not about policy. No matter how much you hate Clinton there is nothing she will do in four years or even eight years that could make this country un-salvageable. Donald Trump needs to be obliterated. He needs to be beaten in a way that will make it absolutely unmistakable how weak the position of bigotry is.
In four years when Trump’s former followers are licking their wounds and crying into their confederate flags there will be time for a discussion about tax policy and jobs. There will be time to discuss socialized medicine, and breaking up the banks. I don’t fear Donald Trump, I fear what a less than united front against him could lead to. Lincoln won 59% of the vote in 1860, but it still didn’t clue the south into the weakness of their position. Trump’s supporters live in an alternate reality, and if you don’t think they’re capable of starting a full scale war then you do too. Trump’s supporters must be forced into reality and destroying them in November may be the last chance we have at doing it without violence.