“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” brags the Donald. Trump may be a moron when it comes to history and most complex international and political issues, but like every dangerous megalomaniac would be dictator he understands the primitive human mind, the tribal yearning for at least the perception of a strong leader.

Within every society there is a significant portion of the citizenry that prays not no much for its daily bread as it does for its daily deception, and it is superb cons like Donald J. Trump that are only too glad to answer their prayers.

In part it’s the super hero factor. For hundreds of thousands of years humanity has been organized around an all-powerful tribal leader often considered to have God like powers. The more primitive one’s base ego mind, meaning the less of a counterbalancing intellect one holds wishing to seek unbiased truth, the more the attraction one has for a God like strongman.

Thus we see such an overwhelming attraction of people for superheroes like Batman, Spiderman and that original hero of heroes, Superman. Though most adults understand that these characters are fictional nonsense, still, the fact that they represent the good guy who would defend them against the world’s evil threats — a stand-in tribal leader — makes them popular.

Another staple of shallow minds is reality TV, an additional heavy dose of fakery. Trump had years of his TV show The Apprentice to indoctrinate into the minds of gullible viewers the notion of him as an all-powerful, decisive leader — “you’re fired.”

Emotionally God and the super hero leader are one and the same. Therefore it should come as no great surprise that Evangelical Christians form the hardest hardcore of Trump’s hardcore base. Being well aware of this, Trump is careful to play to their spiritual and emotional needs. He makes it abundantly clear that he is their guy. Trump may be the least Jesus like American leader ever, but when it comes to politics and religion it’s about emotion not rationality.

With the primitive minded it is always about them and their kind, so Trump’s supporters care not a wit about his incessant attacks on the pillars of democracy — the rule of law, fairness and the power of a free press to expose corruption. In fact the more Trump attacks the mainline press the more his supporters love him. The press tries to seek out truth and facts, which threatens Trump’s backer’s need for self-deception. Conversely Trump tells his backers what they want to hear, that they are the salt of the earth and God’s special people. So in this regard Trump and con man Evangelical leaders work in concert for their common advantage. And so you see not a word of protest of Trump’s vulgar words and deeds by the ever-pious Vice President Pence — a mindless statue of a man.

In effect broader America is held hostage to the destructive religious and political fantasies of an anti democratic minority lead by a dangerous monomaniac applying the democratic processes against itself, mostly in service to our Russian foes. How screwed up is that awesome fakery?

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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