Sunday, February 5, 2017

What Is A Demagogue?

Donald Trump is commonly called a demagogue.  I have been trying to find a good definition of a demagogue that fits Donald Trump.  H.L. Mencken provided me with the definition that describes The Donald exceptionally well:

"The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots."

Mencken's definition fits The Donald to perfection.  He preaches salvation to his supporters, and he feeds them a few meaningless bones, while he systematically reorganizes the government to enrich himself and his billionaire friends.  He has also worked hard to delegitimize news sources that provide the information his supporters need to understand his policy proposals.  They will remain misinformed as long as they get most of their information from Fox News, talk radio and fake news that is flooding the social media.  Our best hope may be that he continues to demonstrate his inability to govern and self destructs.  His clown show is making him the object of comedy across the globe. He can't stand personal humiliation.  He is likely to react in ways that show everyone his true colors.

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