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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Trump Can Be Stopped

Almost ten years ago, in the very first months of this blog, I ran a series of articles based on the DVD video of the book Theologians Under Hitler.  This landmark book showed how the church in Germany largely accommodated itself to Hitler and his agenda.  This series of blog posts remains something I am proud of.

Now, ten years later, America is confronted with the possibility of a strongman taking over the Presidency -- Donald Trump.  Once again, the church is like the deer in the headlights.  The church feels that if it ignores Trump or remains silent about him, the problem will simply go away.  However, this is not true!   Trump, like Hitler, has an attitude of againstness which is not only not constructive, but is destructive, splintering and demoralizing.

The story of the current split within the Republican Party is a bit complicated.  The article at the link below makes it simpler to understand.  Having been a major Party for so long, naturally it has had millions of adherents from all walks of life.  Now, though, the rank and file -- at least a portion of them -- are in revolt against the wealthy elites.  That their savior -- Trump -- is himself "filthy rich," is an irony which can be explained through the concepts of envy and aspiration, also modeling.

Trump remains dangerous.  He is stirring up dangerous passions, even violence.  This is not America!  This should not be!

Most of the articles in the popular media aren't very useful in opposing Trump, even if well-meaning.  A few snippets which I have gleaned are useful, and when put together, begin to show a path to successful opposition to this political goon and demagogue.

First, though I disagree with his primary program, John Kasich is right when he states that the Republican Convention is a part of the political process.  It is there that cooler heads must prevail.  The roots of popular passion can be understood.  That does not mean their results must be accepted as in the best interests of the country.

And one article has promised to tell us how the Electoral College can be a final brake on the Trump renegade movement.  (I have not yet read this article, but I do know about the College's inherent ability as a leveler.)

Also, Congress has the final say in whether to accept the votes of the Electoral College.  And there have been contests to the Electoral votes.  The last major contest occurred in 2005.

It is sad that we have this whirlwind of press writings which are so ill-informed.

Here at this blog, the emphasis will remain on hope, as the masthead promises.  For not only can Trump be stopped, he must be for the sake of the country

Republicans In Revolt (Against Their Own Party)

Parting words.   One of these days, your Musical Patriot looks forward to getting back to the constructive issues of our times.

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