Electing Trump: What Happens Then? Pt 7

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What happens when Trump supporters realize how completely clueless the man is about … everything the President of the United States should know and/or understand? What will life be like for them when they realize their rabid support offers no shield against the incalculable damage a Trump Presidency would rain down on all of us—here and abroad? If one is making up facts or ratcheting up the levels of destructive and mindless hostilities to justify positions taken or policies offered, it is not difficult to contemplate the terrible outcomes when governing is actually required.

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Electing Trump: What Happens Then? Pt 3

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There are tens of millions of Americans who, although personally lacking the self-confidence, ambition and leadership qualities of authoritarian dominators like [Newt] Gingrich or Sarah Palin, nevertheless empower the latter to achieve their goals while finding psychological fulfillment in subordination to a cause. [Robert] Altemeyer describes these persons as authoritarian followers. They are socially rigid, highly conventional and strongly intolerant personalities, who, absent any self-directed goals, seek achievement and satisfaction by losing themselves in a movement greater than themselves. One finds them overrepresented in reactionary political movements, fundamentalist sects and leader cults like scientology…. Probably about 20 to 25 percent of the adult American population is so right-wing authoritarian, so scared, so self-righteous, so ill-informed and so dogmatic that nothing you can say or do will change their minds. [citing Altemeyer] They would march America into a dictatorship and probably feel that things had improved as a result…. And they are so submissive to their leaders that they will believe and do virtually anything they are told. They are not going to let up and they are not going away.

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Electing Trump: What Happens Then? Pt 2

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It’s part of the sport of electoral politics that we want our side to win, and thus we each and all will do whatever we can to ensure victory. More often than not, “doing whatever” means facts, evidence, and reality are all taking a back seat to encouraged fears and reinforced beliefs which too often bear—at best—tenuous connections to the real world.

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