My Dad once told me that anything and everything can be done to an extreme, beyond what is healthy. He was certainly right.
Extremism is, by and large, the biggest threat facing America today. It has managed to percolate every aspect of our society and our world.
Terrorism is a perfect example of what happens if you extremify Islam.
Nazism is a perfect example of what happens if you extremify patriotism.
Communism is a perfect example of what happens if you extremify fairness.
Outrage is a perfect example of what happens if you extremify justice.
Political correctness is a perfect example of what happens if you extremify tactfulness.
Donald Trump is a perfect example of what happens if you extremify Conservatism.
Conservatism is, at its heart, full of good values. Liberalism can be as well. Both are attempting to make the world a better place. But anything done to an extreme can become perverted beyond recognizability, and so has Trump done with the Republican party, and with everything that Conservatism stands for.
While yes, you could argue that he is a Conservative, I think it would be better said that he falls into a party all his own. Trump has preyed on the darkest heart of a simmering populace, and has stoked the fires of racism, anger, frustration, selfishness, intolerance, and other dark feelings that have been building up for many many decades. He has accumulated a fanatically loyal group of followers, who will stop at nothing to see him become the face of America. His rallies seem to hold a simmering, barely withheld, radicalism that sometimes overflows just a little, just enough to see what’s inside the pressure cooker, waiting to explode.
He is by far, the greatest danger that the Republican party, and dare I say, America has ever faced.
While he claims to stand for Republican values and beliefs, I would argue that if Donald Trump becomes the new face of the Republican party, we will be in DESPERATE need of a new party.
As the cartoon says, the question is…will he pop?
I can tell you one thing, if he doesn’t pop, and becomes elected as the nominee, the Republican party will.
And if somehow even the Republican party doesn’t pop, and he becomes President of the United States, I don’t want to imagine what would happen to America.