This piece is a continuation of my response to Daniel Payne’s article appearing in The Federalist on Feb 21st, 2017.
- Is comparing Trump’s voting base to the violent genocidal “herrenvolk” of Nazi Germany a smart thing for a liberal to do?
I missed the big Liberal meeting where we talked about this word, so I had to look it up. “Herrenvolk”, or “master people/folk”, is a system of government in which only the majority ethnic group participates in government, while minority groups are disenfranchised. Similar concepts include ethnic democracy and ethnocracy.” (77) I had no idea that a word existed that so adequately described our dystopian Trump-led government.
To be fair, Trump’s cabinet does not qualify as a herrenfolk democracy. However, it is shaping up to have a smaller percentage of women and nonwhites than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush. (78). This fact, coupled with the disturbing things he has said, the fact that he is endorsed by the KKK and the neo-nazi’s, and that he loves authoritarian ideologies do make the parallels striking.
As to your question about whether or not this is a good thing for liberals to do – regular Germans were quiet during Hitler’s rise to power. They missed the warning signs and couldn’t believe that a fascist dictator could take over their government. When Stephen Miller threatens Americans “[Trump] will not be questioned” (79), and Sean Spicer threatens our elected officials “These bureaucrats have a problem with it? I think they should either get with the program or go.” (80), or Trump himself threatens the media “The media is the enemy of the American people” (81) – we should all be alarmed.
- When one says things like “There’s no such thing as a good Trump voter,” what should one expect the outcome to be? Does this increases (sic) the chance that a Democrat will win the presidency in 2020?
Who said this? What are you trying to elicit with this question?
People who voted for Trump heard him say deplorable things and still voted for him. They heard him talk about Mexican immigrants “They’re bringing drugs, crime and are rapists” and they still voted for him. They heard him criticize veterans “[McCain is] not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” and they still voted for him. He belittled Megyn Kelly – “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her, wherever.” And still they voted for him. He mocked Rand Paul, lied about “Muslims” cheering after 9/11, threatened illegal torture “I’d bring back things a lot worse than waterboarding”, made up conspiracy theories about Ted Cruz’s father being involved in JFK’s assassination, after the Pulse nightclub shooting he congratulated himself on “being right about terrorism” with not a word sympathy expressed for the victims, and not only did his supporters vote for him, the cheered and applauded. He mocked Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala – whose son is an actual American war hero, and still they voted for him. He has sewn discord and division across the country and throughout the world. His virulent supporters include the KKK, David Duke, white supremacists, neo-nazis, and hate groups everywhere. (xxx)
So, yeah, there is some justification for disparaging Trump supporters. They voted for Trump not in spite of these things, but because of these things. The Supreme Leader of the Reality TV Kingdom.
Will it increase the chances that a Democrat will win the Presidency in 2020? That I don’t know. It’s hard to see Trump still in office in 2020. I guess we will have to wait and see.
- Many of you were hysterical over the prospect of a Mitt Romney presidency in 2012. Now many of you seem to have changed your mind about him. Does this embarrass you at all? Does it give you any perspective?
We should be no more embarrassed about that than you should be embarrassed about this question. Other then trying to belittle liberals what are you trying to find out? Are you suggesting that liberals viewed a Romney presidency as potentially damaging as a Trump presidency? That is false. Because, and I can’t believe that I have to say this; but just because we disagree doesn’t make me hysterical. Now, I would argue that a little bit of hysteria is quite warranted given the actions taken by Trump in the last month. This administration is going out of its way to divide the country, and by many measures Trump is following the “how to make a Democracy into a fascist dictatorship” playbook. The only perspective this question elicits is to reinforce my beliefs about self-righteous Republicans.
Daniel Cashman, EAMP, MS (AOM), NCCAOM Dipl. Acupuncture