The Gop is running scared as the tragedy they have unleashed on the world, and especially on themselves, is becoming apparent to even them. They have made a loud and profound statement in selecting Donald Trump to be their standard bearer, knowing that he was very risky to begin with, and now knowing that they were fooling themselves in abiding his childishly deranged behavior and speech in the campaign season last year. But they can’t acknowledge this as their collective “mental health issues” would be brought to the surface so they are furtively scheming and hoping beneath the surface, crossing their fingers, and praying for a deux-ex-machina to rescue them like the Greeks would often resort to in their dramas. This is a Greek tragedy that is playing out before us. It is also very Shakespearean and I wish someone would channel the Bard on this drama as our collective consciousness has given him volumes of material he could work with. Shakespeare knew the human heart and our current “stage play” is straight out of this heart, telling us about the dark recesses of our unconscious depths. But like in Shakespeare’s time, and throughout the course of history, we have a deep-seated aversion to learning from unconscious eruptions like Trumpism.
But good can come from tragedy…if one, or a group, is willing to learn from it. Yes, the GOP has a ton to learn but also progressives like myself have had to look at themselves and recognize they we have been part of the social turmoil that gave rise to Trump. The base of Trump’s support have hitched their wagon with him, willing to overlook his egregious faults, because they felt he was their best bet at getting their grievances addressed. I think that was a dangerous choice they made but then they are the ones that made it and so we Democrats have to ask ourselves some version of the question, “Just why do they distrust (or even hate) us so much?” The base of the GOP feel left out and history shows us that when that happens a “savior” figure will always come along for the dispossessed. It is the responsibility of both parties, and all political affiliations, to recognize the statement these people are making and put their heads together to determine what can be done to alleviate their plight.
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