Democracy is always fighting the tribal impulse that is hardwired into our base survival egos. Thus all that a would be dictators needs to do is find some minority or group of minorities to pit against and scare the majority and it triggers the negative aspect of the tribal impulse — fear and hate of the “other.” It’s the oldest game in town, and Trump’s vicious personality is perfectly suited to play the part of the ruthless strongman.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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