Donald is unhappy about a great many things, and I would list them here, but I only have so much time left on the planet and frankly there are better things to do with my life. Suffice to say, he seems pretty pissed off with anything that doesn't fit his personal preferences for how the world should be - which gives him a lot of room for being unhappy. He also seems to have found a great many people (or so the media would have us believe) who are equally unhappy with Donald's - and presumably, their own - lot. This unhappiness and/or anger at the world in general and, in particular anyone who isn't the same as themselves, appears to be at the root of his support. Such a groundswell of miserable bastards makes me wonder about the nature of our societies, and a certain wing of politics in particular.
I used to vote for my home country's Conservative party, and it's fair to say that I was generally speaking, a conservative fellow in most things. I've lived on that side of the political fence, and in those days it seemed pretty obvious that people of a left-leaning persuasion found me and my ilk rather cold, unfeeling and even faintly disgusting by virtue of our opinions. I resented that, and my resentment of the verbal challenges and attacks upon my kind of politics only fuelled my belief that I was - in a strange way - some kind of righteous victim, fighting the good fight for the betterment of my countrymen/women, and mankind in general. It made me bitter and angry towards anyone who didn't see the world my way. I didn't understand how anyone could reasonably see things differently.
I know - it sounds like I was having delusions of grandeur, doesn't it? Maybe they were delusions, but my feelings were genuine, and my opinions - as stupid as I now find many of them to have been - were honestly come by.
I was, however, an unhappy person - in much the same way as Trump and his apparently gormless followers seem to be, and in part because of my beliefs about the world. Mr Trump seems to feel hard done to by everybody - except of course, himself - and anyone who crosses him is instantly attacked in exactly the same way that a playground bully picks on anyone who goes against him. Trump insults his 'enemies' in the most childish - and frankly unintelligent - ways, even stooping to mock by impersonation, a disabled journalist. I think that the last time I did something that low, I was about twelve, and an enlightened teacher showed me both the error of my ways, and the shame that I should rightly feel about behaving in such a way.
Trump is, of course, the current nadir of mainstream right wing lunacy: a man whose ego allows him to believe that anything he does is the right thing, and that only he has the answers (woolly, vague and nonsensical though they may seem to anyone outide of his bubble) to his nation's perceived problems. Unfortunately, he has a rather shocking amount of angry support.
The following that he seems to command (I struggle to deal with the fact that he can fill a bathroom, let alone an auditorium, with like-minded people) is very worrying. That so many people find his nonsense to make compelling sense is, I hope, an eye-opener to our global leaders. That even more people - who paradoxically, seem to consider Trump an idiot despite the fact that only small differences of opinion exists between them - follow his competitors who spout equally ridiculous garbage is downright scary.
I've been on the right wing - not the far right, admittedly, but over that way - and it's not a fun place. It's a place and attitude fuelled by fear of difference, fear of change and fear of anyone who isn't just like ME. It's a dangerous, desperate place, where truth is sacrificed for expediency, and where tolerance is called 'liberalism' and regarded as the excretia of the devil (whom, by the way, right-wingers believe really exists). On the right wing, it's dog eat dog, it's survival of the fittest (unless, of course, you're talking about the theory of evolution, which unlike the bible, is considered not to be factual) and it's rich versus poor. Rich people are good, benevolent beings who simply provide jobs for poor people (who don't work hard enough to be paid a living wage, and who need to try harder). Poor people are necessarily poor - otherwise the economy won't work. Yep. Right.
It's a warped and twisted view of reality, and the fear of anything different feeds the anger towards anyone who dissents. Mr. Trump, that caricature of a politician's ego, should be a laughing stock, a buffoon identified for what he really is: a rich, spoiled and greedy kid who grew up to be a richer, more spoiled and even greedier man. Unfortunately, his anger (real or fake) and his obvious lack of intelligence has proven to be infectious, and a great many stupid people think that he makes sense - even when he is saying nothing which makes any sense at all. It's a little like 'Dubbya', only ebven dumber...
The sad, desperate truth is that there really are that many people out there who are so uneducated or so unintelligent that they believe the man is speaking some kind of revolutionary truth - and that fact should be where our attention goes after the farcical charade of the USA's political race is over. The voting public need to know the truth about the truth.
A world of Trump would be a world of hate, anger, conflict, of breakdown and of social calamity. It already IS, by virtue of the number of people who agree with him, a world of stupid - and the USA is by no means alone in this regard. It's simply the loudest, brashest idiot in the schoolyard at the moment.
We should all be worried.