Our paid legislators have hardened into unbending ideological camps of dysfunction and stagnation. As they spend half their time raising money to ensure they remain in office, they seem to serve only themselves. For the most part these are not bad people, they are dealing with a system that is perverted by big money. This we must fix using reason and compromise. But for now us regular folks are on our own watching with a simmering cynicism.
We are vulnerable to Donald Trump’s simplistic artistry appearing to give a voice to the frustrated and angry. Yes, we have good reason to be angry. But to those who would vote for Trump, reasoning it can’t get any worse. What have we got to lose? Watch out. Such a person uses our anger to invite us into his cave for some delectable, simplistic venting, some sticking it to the system. He unlatches us from critical thinking. The problem will be the morning hangover after electing him when we realize we have given what little power we had to someone who cares only for himself and nothing about us. That’s the con. He has the goods. We have the headache. Like the morning after the Detroit riots in the 1960s, we will look around and realize that, blinded by our anger, we burned down our own home. This election will answer the question: Can we step back from our anger and muster the discipline to govern ourselves wisely?
Bruce P. Brown