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On Baiting The Worse Angels Of Our Nature: #Trump2016

25 February 2016 @ 14:19

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

  1. 25 February 2016 @ 14:23 14:23


  2. Anonymous permalink
    26 February 2016 @ 13:42 13:42

    Trump for President #Trump2016 #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

  3. Kauf Buch permalink
    26 February 2016 @ 16:37 16:37

    “…Donald Trump is not appealing to the better angels of our nature, but rather to our fears, the envy and jealousy….

    I respectfully suggest you are deeply PROJECTING.

    It echoes all the fears, envy and jealousy the GOP Establishment, Democrats, MSM and FAUX-Right online media SCREAM ABOUT TRUMP.

  4. 26 February 2016 @ 20:46 20:46

    Reblogged this on That Mr. G Guy's Blog.

  5. 26 February 2016 @ 20:54 20:54

    I reckon me and Mrs. G will be the subject of your next post. We’re some of the frustrated and pissed off electorate who are sick and tired of the GOPe pissing down our necks and telling us it’s raining.

    Initially, we were for Cruz, but he has just about amputated his foot, he keeps shooting it so much. First it was the deal with Carson, then it was those messed up voter forms that were sent out in his name. And then there was the misrepresentation of a Rubio staffer reading the Bible. Cruz has been getting bad advice. There should have been firings over the CCarson deal and the Rubio/Bible SNAFU. If Cruz can’t manage his campaign staff, how can we expect him to handle his cabinet.

    Rubio looks like he is on drugs. His rapid speech patterns, smacking his lips a lot and the heavy sweating is a tell-tale sign.

  6. theebl permalink
    27 February 2016 @ 01:23 01:23

    I want Cruz. I would grudgingly accept Rubio. Trump is not who I want, but if it comes down to Trump vs. Hillary I will have no problem going with Trump. Is he a good man? Maybe not. He is certainly flawed, but I know damn well Hillary is a very bad person.

  7. theebl permalink
    27 February 2016 @ 01:25 01:25

    I am disgusted by RedState people bragging they will vote for Hillary out of some sort of Hamiltonian duty. Trump is no Adams but he is not Burr either. And Hillary sure as hell is not Jefferson.

  8. theebl permalink
    27 February 2016 @ 01:33 01:33

  9. 05 March 2016 @ 04:15 04:15

    Trump is a two-fingered salute from the angry masses to the political system. One finger for the Democrats and one for the Republicans.
    Former Presidential Hopeful Romney did nothing with his comments except remind the world what a useless bag of hot air he was in ’12.

    • 06 March 2016 @ 22:09 22:09

      I would agree with all you wrote. However, Caesar was a two-fingered salute to the two factions in the Roman Senate.

  10. White Tiger permalink
    21 March 2016 @ 01:38 01:38

    Thanks Bob, it’s really interesting that so many #Trumplings still hang about round these parts. They have no idea that their “man” is really a Trojan, bearing gifts…but they will. How else do you select the man to lead your party – but to pick the closest friend of the Clinton’s – and who has donates to Hillary’s presidential campaign 4 times!?

    Honestly, the guy is SAYING what you want, because it’s been fed to him. Voting for Trump gets you Hillary’s policies…regardless of who wins. They do NOT have clue as to his policies. Listen to him and you’ll find that he LIKES and WILL KEEP Obamacare, he’ll just run it “better”. He likes the Iran deal – he’d just manage this “bad: deal, better…he talks about immigration reform – he HAS SAID (RECENTLY) that we need a better path to citizenship…?!

    Honestly?! It doesn’t matter to ANY of you that Trump will take you in a slightly slower boat over Niagra Falls…the end result is, these policies are what is DESTROYING this country.

    You all KNOW this, why do you let him manipulate you into voting FOR Hillary – because a vote FOR Trump is a vote FOR Hillary. He’s a tougher talking John McCain with SOME private sector work under his belt (if you call bribing corrupt government officials to build giant casinos…”work”…).

    You ALL know Trump is NOT a conservative, STOP with the fake emotion…he’s WRONG for America and the Republican Party – like Katich, he fits better as a Democrat.

    One more thing – yes Reagan attracted Democrat voters – but he did so by appealing to their disillusionment with the far left swing of the Democrat party. NONE of Trump’s Democrat voters are coming to him because the Democrats are too far left – their coming because it’s only March – they have someone ELSE to vote for in November!

    Do you think there’s ANY correlation to the fact that EVERY open primary has 30% MORE Republican turnout than 2012…while the Democrat primaries are 30% BELOW 2012 on voter turnout? Trumps NOT blowing Ted away, he’s eeking out wins by 3% to 6%….THEY’RE DEMOCRAT voters pulling an operation chaos!?

    Vote for THE ONLY Constitutional conservative – who stood up agains the establishment in the senate. Sometime standing alone , but ALWAYS for what was right for America. Ted Cruz is our ONLY option.


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