I consider myself a fairly average American. I have a college degree and try my best to keep up with the news of the day. Some may say that I am too influenced by the "liberal media" but contrary to what Rudy Giuliani may say, truth is truth. There is such a thing as objective truth. There are always going to be shades of opinions of what the truth may mean but if a fact is true, it is true.
I never thought I would live to see the day when 30-35% of the American electorate was uninformed and seem to be happily so. Facts are no longer important and the only thing that seems to matter is self interest and winning at any cost. Comedian George Carlin once said, "never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups". That quote is especially true in today's political landscape. Donald Trump has awoken a large group of citizens who were unengaged in the political process and seem to think they have a champion in him in the White House. What they are too stupid to realize is that Trump is nothing more than a con-man, a modern day huckster and snake oil salesman who will say anything and do anything to advance his own interests. He doesn't care about those voters who champion his every move. Trump himself once famously said, "If I were to run, I would run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They love anything on Fox News. I could lie and they would still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific." Trump is transparent to the majority of the American people but this small group of zealots to whom he appeals, seems to scare decent principled Republicans to death. What these decent principled Republicans don't seem to understand is that many (if not most) of these Trump voters were unengaged in the political process before Trump and they will probably be unengaged after Trump is gone.
John McCain's passing this weekend led me into this train of thought and though I did not agree with Mr. McCain on a number of issues, I respected the hell out of him for having a moral compass and a love for this country that our current President lacks in spades.
Going back to an earlier thought about winning at any cost, those people who support Trump need to know that the cost may just be our democracy and the way of life we have built over the past 240 years. Think about that.