Let’s forget the comparisons of Trump to Hitler for a moment and look at how a disingenuous propaganda campaign led us to Donald Trump.
Going back to the election of Richard Nixon, we find the very first use of Wall Street marketing strategies applied to a presidential race. Nixon was not a popular, sympathetic or likable man. He had been Joseph McCarthy’s lap dog. He had a reputation as a political loser, he sweated profusely, had a perpetual five o’clock shadow and was uncomfortable discussing relevant issues in the presence of the media.
Recognizing his deficits, and running in a climate of social and political chaos, Nixon chose to cast aside campaigning on the merits of political issues. Rather, he and his advisors designed a campaign focusing vague promises of reinstating law and order and an appeal to emotionally based nationalism. To make himself into a more strategically advantageous candidate, he hired a team of advertising specialists to recreate his image into a less confrontational, more mature and statesman-like persona, regardless of his position on political policies.
Decades later, it has become even more apparent that is no longer necessary for a candidate to appeal to moral principles, current political issues or historical facts.
Donald Trump, a man with no political experience, a record of failed economic ventures, a pariah in the world of big business and high finance, and a history of criminal associations both domestic and foreign, decided to run for the presidency. He took on an advisory team that instructed him in the duplicitous strategy for simply winning by side-stepping valid issues and appealing to a mostly uneducated, disenfranchised population. All it takes, he was counseled, is to identify, address and justify the fears of the “silent majority”, regardless of the consequences of his rhetoric or the lack of truthfulness of his promises.
Trump single-mindedly cast aside candor, integrity,
And to our dismay, it worked.
It’s apparent that we now live in a country in which a candidate doesn’t need to have even a residual bit of regard for American principles of equality, freedom of speech, the right to vote and be counted, or even a veiled attempt to comply with the concepts of justice or integrity. We’ve become a nation wherein a person that is willing to disregard all principles of morality, honesty,
I believe it’s time for a change, not just of our current leaders, but for a reformation of the process by which a candidate is chosen and the tenants by which they are allowed to retain political office.
Change is possible and must be implemented lest we doom ourselves to history’s implacable lesson: learn or suffer the repetition of our mistakes.