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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Trump's Ethnic Cleansing

As the Trump campaign struggles to get on message (let alone stay on message), it is useful to ask how we came to this point.  In a way, nearly every post relating to Trump on this blog can serve as part of the answer to that question.

What the major media miss, as they so often do, is the moral or ethical piece of the narrative.  We must start at the beginning, to state the obvious.  The problem is not that Trump's racial or religious biases are not helpful politically.  The problem is the are wrong-headed ethically.

Surely, this is not news to readers of this blog.  And yet in the current news environment it bears frequent repetition.  Trump is severely morally challenged.  From lackadaisical attitudes on the plight of the poor to out-and-out animosity toward Muslims, Trump is an ethical morass.  Notice, I accuse Trump himself, or his mind, of being an ethical morass.  Oh, what a statement of opprobrium this is!  And how true!

Needless to say, my views here are nothing personal.  I have never met the man, Trump.  But I am certainly spending way too much time researching and trying to understand him, going so far as to order The Trumps, a book on the whole family, from the book store.

Any government must be based on ethics.  Ultimately, a government cannot be built upon verbal tirades, and hatred of whole groups of people.  Such an approach is the beginning of tyranny, and ethnic cleansing.

We must not mince words.  And we must not try to fit Trump into the construct of  political campaigns of the past.  Hillary Clinton grasped this to some extent in her recent remarks.  Let us hope the media catches on before it is too late.

The origins of Trumpism

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