The Modern American Prometheus

Donald Trump is the most dangerous man in America. His meteoric rise to the top of the Republican presidential ticket this primary season has cultural, historical, and future ramifications that I think too many Americans are missing.

Americans, as a nation, have become incredibly short sighted. I am about to make an argument that many will not like. I am going to compare Donald Trump to some very dangerous figures. Please understand that I do not do so lightly.

The Golem

Made from clay and given life by Jewish Rabbis, the Golem protected Jewish settlements from attack. The only safety net was deactivating the creature by the Sabbath. When this restriction was not met, the Golem turned on the people who created it and began to destroy the city that it was supposed to guard.

I see Mr. Trump as the American Golem. Half of our population feels like it is under attack. For the past several years, tradition has been uprooted. Our previously agreed upon social categories of race, gender, and sexuality have been deconstructed. Our definition of marriage has been altered to now include same-sex couples, and religious freedoms are under assault.

As a response to the crisis, we are giving life to a strongman. Republicans are looking for someone who will protect tradition, regardless of the potential dangers of giving power to a creature whom we cannot control. My biggest fear is that we will not be able to deactivate Trump. What havoc might he wreak?

Trump is our Golem. He is our Frankenstein monster; the Modern Prometheus.

Octavian

The Roman Republic was facing multiple military threats, not unlike the tumultuous situation our country is facing with Iran, ISIS, N. Korea, and Russia. Octavian, also known as Augustus was a mighty general. He was part of the Roman Triumvirate that won victory over several enemies.

Augustus promised to uphold the Roman traditions and protect Rome through strength. He promised to make Rome great again. With a desire for a strong leader who would protect Rome, the Senate agreed to disband the Republic and grant Augustus the power of Caesar.

Once again, Donald Trump promises to win, to protect tradition, and to make America great again. He constantly berates those currently in power, and openly talks about how inept they are. Like Octavian, Trump will use his power selfishly, as made evidence by his history of business and political abuse. He has no respect for the Constitution or Republic. Trump is for Trump, and we must all comply or be destroyed.

Early 20th Century Germany

In the 1920s, Germany faced a number of problems that are mirrored in today’s America. Reeling from the effects of World War I, the country faced an economic disaster. There were internal civil conflicts (Weimar Republic vs Bavaria).

An upstart fought against those in power, at first through violent revolution, but eventually gave that up for a political one. His first election was won through support of the lower-middle class. This man promised to make Germany great again. He was considered, at the time, as being a “demagogue and gutter politician.”

He believed that Germans were superior to all other cultures. He was the “anti-establishment” candidate, who often derided the political class who lie to the people just to get votes. He blamed others for manipulating currency and running a “crooked and speculative economy” that harmed Germany.

This presidential candidate railed against “cowardly pacifism” and campaigned on the idea that “only a genius” could best represent the voters and restore German greatness.

This man gained traction as the inevitable response of the German “tradition of nationalism, militarism, worship of success, and of force, and the exaltation of state.”

Of courses, I am sure you have now deduced that I am referring to Adolf Hitler.

I am not inferring that Trump will bring about the Holocaust, just that the circumstances around the election of one of the greatest monsters in history strongly resemble those that we are facing in today’s America.

If we replace Germany with America, Hitler with Trump, and the Jews with illegals, Muslims, or China, the similarities (other than overt racism and genocide, of course) are difficult to ignore.

Why Trump is the Most Dangerous Candidate

We have seen examples of turning to a “strongman” throughout history and mythology. Choosing a strong leader is the cry of the oppressed. A strong leader reflects on the electorate, and we often wish to appear strong. This is our nationalistic tendency, and it can unite a nation under the banner of patriotism. However, what makes a strong leader a wise or dangerous choice can often make the difference between a successful country and one who ends up ruled by a totalitarian force.

I believe Trump will rule America like a fascistic totalitarian dictator. The political “left” (though I hate that term) elected Obama for many of the same reasons why the “right” (ugh!) is looking toward Trump. They wanted someone who would aggressively stand up for their beliefs in retaliation for Bush’s perceived policies of war and deregulation. Obama, however, is an ideologue who believes that the best way to change America is through progress, rather than by force.

Trump is not so subtle.

Not only has The Donald held just about every position on every issue (sometimes within one speech), but he actively seeks to destroy his enemies. He wants to silence them, to bankrupt them, and to publicly shame them into compliance or oblivion.

Selina Scott was sent to interview Trump, but he attempted to seduce her. She resisted his advances and he has spent decades harassing her.

The now infamous shaming of Megyn Kelly began after a simple question about Trump’s public treatment of women.

He has compared Ben Carson to a child molester and has begun an all-out assault on Ted Cruz for being a “liar” and a “bad guy.”

There are dozens of examples, and I do not have time to deal with them all. The man thrives on tearing others apart. He finds a boogeyman, and attempts to crush them.

This man jokes about dating his own daughter, brags of sleeping with married women (while he, himself, is also married), and publicly rages whenever he is treated “unfairly” by the media. He is the worst kind of narcissistic sociopath. He is an aggressive, power hungry activist.

I believe that Trump will bring about WWIII by either military or economic attacks on his “enemies”. He wants to murder the wives and children of ISIS members, do worse than waterboarding (largely agreed upon as torture), and impose trade tariffs on China and Iran.

If Donald Trump is elected as our American Golem, we will have no power to control him. He will be our Frankenstein, our Augustus, our Hitler. Donald Trump has the potential to be the very destruction of our nation.

History does repeat itself, which is exactly why I believe his election to be inevitable.

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