Only he can save us?

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Wil­liam Wet­more, Wal­dorf

I don’t think many peo­ple haven’t made up their minds. It amuses me that some think Don­ald Trump is a Chris­tian, when there is sim­ply no ev­i­dence that he goes to church or has thanked the Lord for any­thing. Hil­lary Clin­ton is a Methodist and while not a reg­u­lar church-goer, she at least knows that it is “Sec­ond Corinthi­ans” and not “Two Corinthi­ans” as Trump said it when he spoke at Lib­erty U.

As for sup­port­ing de­fense, Hil­lary is, for me, un­com­fort­ably hawk­ish and is likely to be as li­able to use the mil­i­tary to solve prob­lems as Trump. She cer­tainly dis­likes Putin and au­thori- tar­i­ans more than he does, as ev­i­denced by his laud­ing Putin and others of sim­i­lar au­thor­i­tar­ian views.

Which brings us to the heart of the prob­lem. The found­ing fa­thers knew that the flaw in democ­racy is the po­ten­tial for a dem­a­gogue to be­come pres­i­dent. For the vot­ers to be mis­led by a charis­matic politi­cian who will prom­ise to solve all of your prob­lems to­mor­row, if not sooner. So, we have prom­ises that “Only I can de­feat ISIS” and “Only I can bring jobs back. You bet­ter be­lieve it.”

There are a host of prom­ises that only Trump can de­liver, if you be­lieve him. There is one that pro­found- ly dis­turbs me. It is the state­ment that he will stop com­pa­nies from leav­ing the USA. That prom­ise reeks of na­tional so­cial­ism, and would ef­fec­tively mean that the gov­ern­ment would tell com­pa­nies where they can op­er­ate and soon we would have a man­aged econ­omy. That would be a dis­as­ter.

Could he suc­ceed? No, we are a cap­i­tal­ist na­tion. But, the fact that he keeps say­ing it — and that peo­ple cheer when they hear him — makes me as con­cerned for the fu­ture of our na­tion as any­thing he has said, and any re­sponse made to the many ac­tu­ally dis­turb­ing prom­ises he has made, if one imag­ines where we would be if he suc­ceeded.

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