‘Recipe for a dic­ta­tor’

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

Don­ald Trump’s stun­ning lack of in­tel­lec­tual cu­rios­ity is well doc­u­mented. His pub­lic gaffs on mat­ters of ge­og­ra­phy alone are nu­mer­ous enough to war­rant con­cern that the leader of the free world is no men­tal gi­ant. Hardly the “sta­ble ge­nius” he pur­ports to be.

Per­haps a lib­eral stud­ies cur­ricu­lum would have pro­vided Trump the money hun­gry col­lege “stu­dent,” enough gen­eral knowl­edge of the world in so as not to em­bar­rass him­self at a party, in ca­sual con­ver­sa­tion or in a press con­fer­ence or tweet that reaches mil­lions world­wide.

But when vot­ers se­lect a pres­i­dent, they ex­pect a lit­tle more. They as­sume the per­son they vote for reads books. They as­sume she asks ques­tions and seeks in­for­ma­tion and opin­ions and coun­sel from ex­perts. They as­sume the per­son is open to di­ver­gent thoughts, con­cerns and per­spec­tives: that he knows what his weak­nesses are and seeks the ad­vice of trusted oth­ers who have a depth of knowl­edge to fill in those gaps. They as­sume he pos­sesses a rea­son­able de­gree of hu­mil­ity and the abil­ity to ad­mit when he makes mis­takes. Don­ald Trump is en­dowed with none of th­ese qual­i­ties.

In­stead he is brim­ful of nar­cis­sism, hubris, avarice, will­ful ig­no­rance and im­moral­ity. Quite a recipe for a dic­ta­tor. Hardly the in­gre­di­ents for a pres­i­dent of our na­tion.

On Novem­ber 3, search your souls and de­ter­mine if such a vac­u­ous ex­cuse for a man should be re-elected.

Jarold Wright Santa Rosa

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