by A Lidden
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." (often attributed to Abraham Lincoln with a ?)
In the present-day, it’s debatable which part first to question in this famous quote. For it appears to us at times that not just “some,” but “all of the people” are fully capable of been fooled “all of the time.” Earth-wide, we the people are "boxed up"in a world moving way to fast and far too haphazardly for a single one among us to grasp, on occasion, even the simplest of things, like how to work a Smart phone. Anyone and everyone is fully capable of becoming Fool’s victim at any time.
So, let’s begin there: With the reality- observation that in 2019 we are universally being made fools of, even as we may cling to believing that it is "they" not "us" who are being conned.
The Anti-Trumps, for example: Too many among them think that the remedies to our multiple illnesses lie in redoing or pushing hard on the things that have worked in the past, like NATO, NAFTA, Reaganism, and yes, even the agreements implicit in the Civil Rights Movement and Obamacare. Not to downplay the good done through such entities, let us admit that there is an underlying and deeply troublesome aspect in this approach: It is a baldfaced lie to think that doing the same things or saying the same words over and over will always work.
“One more major victory," Napoleon mused as he headed toward his Waterloo.
Continuing the laissez-faire economic policies of the 1920s was perfectly alright to the Republicans of that era, as was the perpetuation of slavery to the seceded states in 1861.
And the promotion of intellectual and educational elitism, so beloved by contemporary progressives and liberals, such promotion too frequently aims at achieving the impossible (the perfect or ideal solution); and, thus, is destined to fail. Who among us can claim the "totally arrived at" status. Most likely, we will never be able to make meaningful moves in that direction, without changing. Change we must.
Also, another inherent danger in contemporary Anti-Trumpism is that it is painfully vulnerable to the charge that in pursuing its "social" aim it will create totally dependent generations, in which personal responsibility is pushed aside as is also the applause of individual achievement whereby these key elements in a working Democracy will be replaced with a morbid kind of sameness.
One does not have to have earned a PhD or possess a detailed knowledge of American history to know how dangerous is the thinking of persons who present themselves as always right about everything and in every circumstance.
Those who will lead us into a better tomorrow understand—they know well the destructive power of a radical and extremist progressivism.. And they are the ones who are currently telling us the way things really are while challenging us boldly with new ideas and new insights into how to make Democracy work in a truly diverse, complicated world, one in which all nations and all peoples are bonded, whether they wish to be or not.
But let us be clear: Anti-Trumpism is not the danger facing the United States two decades into the 21st century. No, that clear and present danger is Trumpism itself.
Trump and his followers are not just closed to new ideas; the few ideas they promote are tired and worn-out, or else long dead. A "Wall", being "Buddy-Buddy" with tyrants and enemies and the like, White Supremacy, Immigrant-Hate— those policies are as dead-end for Democracy in 2019 as they were in 1775.
Loyal Trumpites, or better-said, Treasonous Trumpites would take us back to what they call a "glorious" past, but which in reality would regress and retreat us to the worst in primitive times, to a time in which there is no viable human community, only isolation and tribes. tribes in which only Tyrants, Dictators and Deal-Makers possess power; everyone else is controlled and held in their place.
There is nothing "great" in pursuing the "Art of the Deal." It's the personification of Con.
Sadly, we come to an unwanted conclusion: Despite its glaring weaknesses, Trumpism is currently fooling many Americans, around 35%, or in the neighborhood of 130 million citizens, who have bought the Sell-out, hook, line and sinker.
We can do better!