Here and there I’ve read FB comments, or other news sources state they fear President Trump is on his way to becoming a ‘dictator’.
I get nervous and concerned when I hear people or news sources attach alarming words like ‘dictator’ to anyone. In my personal or blog life I don’t even call people liar, much less guess what’s in their hearts, unless there’s enough of a reputation to back up my claim.
Without getting into U.S. political struggles …. is it really possible our President could take over the entire country for his own personal agenda? Certain things in life are possible but …. is this probable, likely?
Historically, dictators come to power when news isn’t free-flowing, there’s no way for citizens to defend themselves, the military is in his/her pocket or when the economy/currency is in the tank. Things like that have to happen before any national figure can become dictator. Do we see any of these things happening today in the U.S.?
Adolf Hitler for example ruled only one country but he shot terror into the hearts of an entire world due to his cunning manipulation of major forces in his decadent country …. not strong country! He had a perverse self-image, and sought significance thru total ‘worship’. He fancied himself a mastermind and wrote a book while in prison to explain his twisted nationalistic theories. He could not have risen in politics or forced the military to invade surrounding countries if not for the terrible depravity of so many Germans after WW I who were crippled by their disgrace in losing the war. The majority experienced a crisis of national pride, and their religious faith had been shattered so bad they could not see thru or withstand Hitler’s thirst for power. Does President Trump have a background in the military, a history of being a crazy political writer? Would our faith communities give into a dictator?
The Marxist communists at the turn of the century toppled Russia’s Czar Nicholas so unexpectedly and cruelly, as Nicholas was out of touch with his people, and Russia had no strong political identity like America, and no middle class to stand against the Marxist troops. Is our constitution so weak, our leaders so blind or our population so ignorant that we’d allow someone to oppress us for some new ideology?
When I think of the oppressive rulers in 2018 I see that some have been groomed by family tradition (Kim Jong, Assad, leaders of Saudi Arabia). Others in China, Russia have been groomed by the military or the Communist Party. Some oppressed countries are very small, some very large. Some have huge natural resources, others have nuclear bomb capabilities. Some have national identities steeped in tradition while some have seen upheavals in leaders. It’s good to look at what’s keeping countries free and what’s destroying them.
There’s only so much one man can do alone …. a dictator needs to fool a huge number of the public so that they are willing to risk much or die for his views. A man seeking to be dictator needs a military to enforce his power-hungry appetite and I don’t see that happening in our country right now. The recent Egyptian uprising against Morsi succeeded because he didn’t have the loyalty of the army, nor a huge section of the population or economic leaders.
I think the deep loathing for Pres. Obama a few years ago and the loathing for Pres. Trump now on FB, tweets and wherever has shown us how vile we can speak about others in our society. We aren’t the rainbow of peaceful differences that made us strong once, you’d be inclined to think if the ‘dictator’ voices were right. We don’t look to historians, our spiritual advisors to quell our political anger like we used to …. we just lash out too often.
There are forces in our nation that are very destructive and they aren’t even being spouted by any political figure, but are weaving their way thru our society so stealthily and quietly. Those forces are more real, scary and perverse to me than the probability of Pres. Trump trying to become a dictator.