I am a Christian white man from Texas, and I hope I am wrong in what I am about to say.
Most of the white people of America took a desperate gamble Tuesday night, in electing Donald Trump. I agree that the system is rotten and needs a good shaking up, and that is what this election will do. But Donald Trump is not the man for the job. He is too unstable personally, too inexperienced politically, and has too little respect for the Constitution and the founding ideals of the United States of America.
I would like to think that, having won the White House, Donald Trump will now rule with wisdom and compassion. But how can he? Donald Trump rose to power the same way Hitler did – by seizing on the frustration of the electorate, in a campaign that traded heavily on hate, fear, bullying, and a mountain of lies. By all objective measures, he is the least truthful of all the candidates in this year’s field. He will have to continue trading on those satanic forces in order to maintain credibility with his base. Now that he has gained power the way Hitler did, he will most likely use power the way Hitler did – including brutal physical, economic, and psychological suppression of all opposition, and violent segregation of religious minorities, especially Muslims. And most importantly, he will most likely do for America what Hitler did for Germany.
For a while, things seemed to be going well for Hitler’s Germany, if you recall. Over a period of about six years, they recovered financially, threw off the shackles of foreign domination, and won back large amounts of territory, without firing a shot. The German people were unified and euphoric. Yet thanks to Hitler’s unbridled ego, in 12 years, Germany was reduced to a smoking ruin.
For a while, things may appear to be going well for Trump’s America, despite the dictatorial methods he will most likely use. But thanks to his unbridled ego, where will we be 12 years from now?
In one night, most of the white people of America have thrown away World War II, by freely electing a fascist dictator. In one night, most of the white people of America have thrown away the Civil War, by electing a flagrant racist – or at least, he plays one on television, which is actually worse. In one night, most of the white people of America have even dealt a major body blow to the American Revolution, by electing a man whose only qualification is that he was born rich. Remember all of the brave soldiers who gave their lives for this country in all the nation’s wars? Have they died in vain? Will America now devolve into a monarchy, or a Soviet-style single-party system?
Hitler’s Germany was the single greatest menace to world peace in 1932. Prior to this election, most of the world considered the United States to hold that distinction. Thanks to this election, it is now unarguable. An unstable egotist will soon have his finger on the nuclear trigger. That’s an enormous price to pay, just for the joy of kicking over the table.
For your sake and mine, I hope I am wrong. May God save the United States of America, if in His infinite wisdom and stunning goodness He still considers it worth saving.
Phil Jones is a local columnist who makes his living teaching math to kids with “learning disabilities”, especially dyslexia and ADHD. He writes original songs through the nonprofit Sunrise Ministries.