It's a wonderful sentiment, if a bit naive. Unfortunately, when 61% of Donald Trump followers say that they will stick with him no matter what he
says or does, the sentiment is completely lost on millions of Americans.
Once the USA is through the Trump and TEA Party era, it's going to take a Herculean effort to deprogram the minds of people who think that style of
politics is normal. Until then, the threat of a second Civil War will continue along with the political divide.
Trying to sway the mind of a Donald Trump supporter (even when they are clearly, clearly wrong) is a futile task. I don't know how the United States
is going to get back to their pre 2008 normalcy in politics without going through a process of massive upheaval. So many people just can't see that
the current level of discourse is not normal, and won't lead to positive results for the country.
Unfortunately, it's not just happening in America. There is a wave of alt right Nationalism sweeping the planet in country after country as
politicians on the far right fringes mimic the success of Donald Trump to win power. It's a frightening place to be, but if you look at history, the
world is really in about the same position it was in about 1928.
An economic crash right now will lead to an even bigger surge of far right nationalism and populist policies, leading to the rise of unreasonable
candidates with unreasonable positions that will make promises that they will never keep just to get elected.
The dumbing down of America is almost complete. Right now, the average education level in the country is about Grade 6, meaning millions of Americans
are actually way less educated than even that. With low education comes the chance for charlatans to step in with ideas that sound good, but in
reality will simply be used to make the population believe that they are being patriotic in supporting these extreme ideas.
Only when it's too late, will they see what many of us saw all along. If they see it at all.
Until you can sway the minds of millions, you'll never get everyone to agree to a candidate this way. Even coming up with 4 - 6 things you'd like to
see in a candidate will be a futile exercise once its hijacked by the far right.
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