(c) 2017 by Paul DuginskiUsed only with express written permission
When I saw pictures of Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday, I couldn’t help wondering what the 16th president would think of the 45th.
The newest president from the party of Lincoln is different in so many ways from statesmen of the past, and certainly great presidents of either party. Where Abraham Lincoln struggled to end slavery and hold the nation together, Trump has done everything in his power to tear the scab off painful racial sores and divide the country as much as possible.
Lincoln led with high ideals and breathtaking eloquence while Trump can scarcely form a complete sentence. Lincoln taught himself to speak and write by reading the King James Bible, Shakespeare and other towering classics of the English language. Trump builds gaudy towers, but seldom if ever cracks a book. He is a vulgar, vain, racist, fascist, sexist, Xenophobic, misogynistic, nativist, gun-hugging, Putin-loving, Mussolini-adoring, fraud and serial liar with a phony orange comb-over.
I’m betting Honest Abe would be pretty disgusted by dishonest Donald, who slings alternative facts and appears to have only a feeble grasp of reality.
It was Lincoln to whom this line has been attributed:
“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Who’s Trump fooling? According to the polls, relatively few. He’ll always have his kooky base, but it took more than that for him to win. He won the Electoral College, but not the popular vote, and his approval ratings are historically low for a president just starting out.
I think those who decided to throw what Michael Moore has called a “human hand grenade” at the polls — those who were so angry they voted with their middle fingers — will come to realize the enormity of their recklessness. Trump’s base may even turn on him when it becomes obvious that he can’t simply wave a magic wand and restore, say, all of the coal-mining jobs.
In other words, this isn’t just The Apprentice, this is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Having unleashed dark forces of viciousness and hate, he may discover that he cannot control them. They may turn and devour him.
We’ve watched as the ugly, nasty forces of the so-called “tea party” turned on some of the “Young Guns,” the very guys who summoned forth the tea party caucus in Congress. Eric Cantor, for example, a member of the powerful House leadership, was driven from office by an unknown college professor named David Brat. So things like this have been known to happen.