a reply to: TerryMcGuire
As I think I mentioned earlier, I don't see Trump as the cause of our problems. I see him as an example writ large OF the problems we
On that I will agree completely. Trump knows how to play the game, and he can play it very well. He just didn't write the rules; those who oppose him
at every turn for the sake of opposing him wrote the rules, and I find that not only disingenuous but insulting. Therefore I reserve the majority of
my ire for those who wrote the rules, the very same group that now wants to crucify Trump at all costs.
That may appear to be a cult of personality... and I guess in some ways it could be considered such. However, one aspect of human nature I have
observed is the tendency to respond when attacked. My allegiance is not to Donald Trump; Donald Trump is a human and as such is fallible and
corruptible. My allegiance is to the policies he espouses, policies that I did not agree with because he said them but rather policies that I have
held for many years now.
The wall is the most obvious example of that. Trump never convinced me that we need a wall on the southern border; Reagan convinced me of that back in
the 1980s and facts that have come to light since then have only cemented that belief that we need a wall. Jack Knickerbocker could have ran for
President espousing a wall on the southern border and I would have been in agreement with Jack Knickerbocker. That is not a cult of personality; a
cult of personality exists when the person becomes more important than the policies.
Now, that said, there are some who support Trump for the sake of Trump. I recognize that fact and it is indeed a cult of personality. However, that
tendency to attack back when attacked is likely the cause for at least some of this. In my case, i see it as a direct insult to my very citizenship; I
chose Donald Trump to hold the office of President, and as a US citizen, that decision should be respected and accepted. So when every attempt is made
to catch Trump in anything that could conceivably be twisted into appearing to be a compromised position, that is dirty politics and those executing
such maneuvers are not just attacking Donald Trump. They are attacking me, personally, along with about half of the rest of the country. I would hope
you would recognize my position on this. We seem, when all the hot-button topics are removed, to be pretty close on most issues. Hopefully the
absolute right of the people to choose their leaders is among those.
A cult of personality could also be said to work both ways. When the policies that one espouses or condemns change based on who holds an office, that
is also based not on the policies but on the people involved in the politics. That, IMO anyway, is as much a cult of personality as supporting someone
for themselves and not for their policies.
I simply see more of this cult of personality attitude on the other side of the political spectrum. Maybe that's normal... but I would have a hard
time supporting anyone, Trump included, if they started changing their mind on issues important to me over who is holding which office. But that seems
commonplace for the hardened opposition to Donald Trump.