I recall the angst I felt during the last election cycle. Mitt Romney was the republican nominee running against an incumbent Barack Obama. My concern was well founded as I listened to the benefits of having a ‘businessman’ in office. In my opinion, we would have given over completely to the corporate oligarchy if the Republican candidate won the election, and all semblance of democracy would have been lost. Four years makes a big difference.
This current cycle, again, pits a ‘businessman’ against a politician. Many are warning of the same issues as last time…elect a businessman and the oligarchy has won. I’ll agree to a point but I think the much bigger issue isn’t the threat of an oligarchy (even the Koch brothers aren’t throwing their hat in the presidential race and are instead focusing on the down ballot in hopes of keeping their agenda viable), the bigger issue is that the current Republican candidate intimates at nearly every turn that he would have our nation become a Tyranny.
A tyrant is a person willing to display unchecked power for his or her own needs and wants. A tyrant uses force first and compromise last. A tyrant refuses to listen to anyone except their own advice. A tyrant is oppressive and has no ability to consider or weigh new information for the sake of progress (this definition is my para-phrase of dictionary.com’s explanation of the word).
We’ve seen enough of Donald Trump to understand that he can’t take one ounce of criticism or conflict without turning it into a power play. Last week’s debate provided a telling example: he did not prepare whatsoever. While many voices were heard deriding him for not taking the time to get his facts straight and understand the material, the worrying point for this voter is that he wasn’t able to subject himself to any sort of criticism or direction whatsoever. He wasn’t even willing to face a simple mock opponent. This is a sticking point and absolutely tyrannical in essence. A man unable to humble himself enough to address a hypothetical rival has a personal power problem; and that problem would become a national one were he to be elected.
Over and over, over and over again Donald Trump proves that he is unable to engage in any sort of meaningful conversation. There is constant interruption. He’s a master at deflecting and not actually answering a question. If someone calls him out, he can’t take the heat and somehow needs must attack with childish accusations: “He’s an idiot.” “She’s a liar.” “She’s crazy.” “He isn’t smart.” One can only imagine the vitriol such a person might spew forth were he denied by the Supreme Court over some legislation, or challenged by the Congress as our checks and balances are wont to work. Worse still, one can easily imagine that he would be willing to do away with checks and balances altogether if they didn’t enable his own agenda. That, my fellow citizens, is tyranny.
The choice isn’t optimum this election cycle, I confess. I am remiss that the Democratic party chose not to put forth a candidate more transparent and with much less baggage. But the choice is quite clear, we either elect a tyrant or not. May we choose wisely.