I received an email yesterday morning after I posted on the notion of Trump as a “dark god,” providing a very relevant story from a year ago which explores the issue more deeply. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gini-graham-scott/is-trump-the-modernday-de_b_9579936.html) This article explores the history and mythology of evil in various cultures and applies it to what is going on in this present historical moment.
One thing I noted after election is how immediately right-wing hate groups began to announced how they felt validated or legitimated. Furthermore, when Steve Bannon was appoint to Trump’s staff, the “alt-right” began to crow about its newly found legitimacy. David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, voiced his pleasure with having found a voice for his minions. With Trump’s election a lot of theretofore unsavory dimensions of the American consciousness became “normalized.”
Trump, being the “dark god” I described yesterday, has an uncanny capacity to enthrall people who are unable, or disinclined to apply critical thinking to what he offers. They would not understood the bumper sticker, “Don’t believe everything you think.” And, as shared before, I remember early in his campaign as I watched one of his rallies I too felt the lure of this enthrallment though my critical thinking skills allowed me to immediately understand that I was only hearing a long dormant cry from my early youth that found “Make America Great Again” so appealing.
Just yesterday another news story displayed how helpless some very intelligent and powerful people are to this “dark god.” Congressman Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House committee investigating the Trump campaign, reported important findings of the committee directly to the President even without first consulting with the committee as protocol requires. By doing this he appeared to have put his credibility under grave question as he had unnecessarily given information to the key figure his committee was investigating. Nunes is now trying to cover his back side but I really think that it is apparent that he merely succumbed to the lure of this enthralling power that Trump has and curried to his favor at the same time. And before this day is over, I strongly suspect that Trump’s powerful grip over the conservative voice in this country will prevail and the Republican House will vote to repeal Obamacare even though they appear to be very conflicted about it.
Remember the warning of the Apostle Paul, “ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And don’t forget the wisdom of Pogo,“We have met the enemy and he is us.”
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