When for whatever reason one fails to evolve some minimum level of intellect (little education, living in an insulated or isolated community or being just naturally incurious about the wider world), then one ends up ruled by one’s hardwired primitive ego with its all-powerful tribal impulses. This leads to an inferiority complex, causing one to hate what one sees as elites, those educated folks who adsorb science, facts and inclusiveness as the core of their being.

Egotists like trump and his ilk always see themselves as victims even though they never miss an opportunity to victimize the helpless for advantage. It is the dynamic opposites of the natural bully. Moreover egotists make a virtue, a badge of honor, out of ignorance as a sort of inverted wisdom of the common folk vs. the pinheaded elites — as Bill O’Reilly loved to brand the more sophisticate strain of society when playing to his adoring rubes on Fox News — and their pretentious, pie in the sky nonsense.

And so along with fanning the flames of division, hate and victimhood of the working man, the rightwing media over the last twenty-five years or so has taken great delight in promoting the cause of anti-intellectualism as the ultimate Un-American “other” as well.

So here we are approaching the crucial 2018 election with the rightwing media, Trump and his GOP helpers having neatly bound up America’s enraged deplorable ones into a solid 46% political force that can’t connect the dots to know that they are being used as dupes by Trump and the power hungry wing of the GOP for the decisive advantage of a few super rich greedy ones.

See how great America becomes for the country folk if somehow the Republicans keep winning and they take away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and whatever other program they can cut for average folks, and then hand the saving over to their wealthy donors — MAGA my ass.

So, Trumpsters, stop playing to your primitive ego fears. Smarten up a little. Gain some intellect and save your butts and help save the nation.

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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