Treatise on Trump

12 Dec

I have so many things to say about Donald Trump that I must write them down because no one wants to take the time to listen to them. His detractors already know these things, and his supporters will not listen nor will they change their mind. There have been many men in history who have been considered charismatic leaders, autocratic leaders, and authoritative leaders who have developed a cult following. Donald Trump is one of those. Donald Trump epitomizes the baser instincts of human nature which, according to philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) in Leviathan, include greed, selfishness, and lust for power. Hobbes further believed that men are incapable of ruling themselves and should eschew democracy in favor of a ruling monarch.  Trump is obviously a devotee of Hobbes, although he doesn’t know it, and I would further guess that he has never read the works of any philosophers. He made his dictatorial wishes known early in his first term as president when he said somewhat jokingly that he would like to change the constitution to allow him to serve more than two terms. He said it again in 2019, when he again mentioned serving a third term, and again in 2020 in response to a chant from one of his campaign stops. The chant was “four more years,” and Trump told them to change the chant to 12 more years and laughed about the effect that would have on the news cycle.