The outlandish, the perverted, and the unacceptable continue, along with general destruction, greed, and egotism. These have become normal, so normal, so much the regular daily fare, that I am exhausted by it, numb from it, and impotent against it.
How long can one rail against something terrible until the quotidian quality of it overpowers resistance? Not forever. Donald trump is such a terror, him and his colleagues and supporters.
24% of Americans purportedly backed trump during the last election. The ratio remains steady. Less than one out of four. This percentage has been the same for centuries. In other words, less than a quarter of the population, whenever and wherever, has been in favor of limiting the power of other people, has been in favor of eliminating cooperation, has been in favor of undermining the self-respect and liberty of entire religions, races, and genders – all in order to aggrandize themselves.
Some people say that the 24% believe as they do because of fear, fear of losing their position or their property. I do not agree.
Two distinct groups endorse the megalomania in the current White House: the rich and the undereducated. Both groups seem to be motived not by fear, but by greed and by the desire to glorify themselves.
Psychologists say a need to magnify oneself by degrading others is due to an unconscious sense of inferiority. Again, I do not agree. Such perversity and intolerance, such cruelty and selfishness are characteristics that have always existed in the human population. There is no need for explanation or excuses. We have generations of literature to prove the 24% is not a new phenomenon.
Problems arise because authoritarians, though consistent in their minority percentage, they periodically rise to control by some fluke of circumstance or manipulation, by some lie or slyness. Once in control, this group tenaciously holds onto power, never satisfied, always demanding more.
And so, here we are, with history repeating itself. The 24% has its heels dug in. Are we others able to counter the minority? Today, I am not optimistic, and as proof, the days of the White House regime continue.
The rise of the 24% is spreading. The rich and racist right is making advances in several countries. The only saving grace in these governments is they are not led by a demented narcissist. That does not mean, however, they are not dangerous, merely less dangerously unpredictable than the pretender in Washington.