On Baiting The Worse Angels Of Our Nature: #Trump2016
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
—Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address
Like Julius Caesar, Donald Trump is not appealing to the better angels of our nature, but rather to our fears, the envy and jealousy located in every human heart that we battle to suppress, to our laziness.
And many Americans are listening and allowing themselves to be swayed to support him and, for a good number, to make an emotional investment in his candidacy.
That their belief in Trump is primarily and almost exclusively based on raw emotions is proven by their harsh reactions to any criticism of The Donald and by their easy willingness to overlook many of Trump’s actions over the past fifty years.
While these supporters represent a good percentage of those who have hopped on the Trump Bandwagon, there are a good number of Pro-Trump people who have taken a less emotional path to supporting him. They are as fed-up with the political situation and have made the calculation that Trump is the best person to bring about the changes necessary to save America from it’s further decline into a Tyranny. They are a subject for another, future post.
The first group are merely following in a tradition of mobs throughout the whole existence of the Human Race. They are the same types of people who supported such Despots as Gaius Marius, Sulla, Pompey, and Julius Caesar, all of whom contributed greatly to the Fall of The Roman Republic and the rise of the Tyrannical Roman Empire. It is an old story, one that our Founding Fathers knew very well and that led them to create a Constitutional Republic with checks and balances — including the indirect elections of the Senate and President — instead of a Democracy.
Donald Trump is a believer in Democracy because he understands that such a system is ruled by the Mob, who have always been led by ‘Masterminds’, such as he sees himself. There is nothing wrong with being Confident or Audacious — those are traits that make a General successful on the Battlefield, that drive Engineers and Scientists to create and develop wonderful inventions, that result in the production of great art.
However, as with all things, there is a dark side to such Audacity. And it is fueled by a belief that some individuals hold that they know best how to wield Political Power, that they possess the Secret Wisdom [aka: ‘Gnosis‘] that is required to govern a nation. Such people are rightly said to be in the firm embrace of Hubris [forget about The Ides Of March: fear the wrath of Nemesis].
The Founders believed that such Audacity left unchecked would lead to Despotism – and History was and is on their side. That is why they placed Sovereignty in the hands of The People — and this is key, this is crucial — acting indirectly, for the most part, through their elected representatives. They rightly feared The Strongman, the White Knight on his White Horse, who could, through his seductive Charm and understanding of what emotional buttons to push, convince people that he was a Secular Messiah and organize them into an effective mob. So The Founders divided-up power between three branches, the Several States, and The People.
The Democratic Party, certainly since the advent of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has been led by such would-be Messiahs, for it has been in the hands of Leftists, Ideological Gnostics who have done nothing but appeal to worse angels of our nature, while stroking their Pathological Egos.
Now comes Donald J. Trump seeking to rouse the worst within us, seeking to convince us that he, and he alone, is The American White Knight in Shining [and gaudy] Armour. And many of our fellow Americans, in a massive rejection of Right Reason, in an outburst of frustration, are embracing his siren call.
The trouble is: as it has been throughout the History of Mankind, the figure and form and appearance of The White Knight is actually that of the The Pale Horseman.
Aut Caesar aut nullus [‘either be a Caesar or be nothing’], is inscribed on the Hearts of some Men who have neither Caesars Learning nor Courage. Caesar three times refused the Crown; His Heart & his Tongue evidently gave each other the Lie.
Our modern GREAT MAN, would fain have it thought that he has refused a Government, which his Soul is every day panting after & without the Possession of which his Ambition & Lust of Power will perpetually torment him.
—Samuel Adams, Letter to Stephen Sayre, 23 November 1770