I can understand why so many people in this country are disillusioned with the way government has been working. I am, too. I can also understand why that disillusionment causes so many people to be attracted to the Bernie Sanders campaign. His theme, basically his only theme, is that he wants to reverse the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us. I agree with him on that point.
However, I cannot understand why anyone who is disillusioned with the establishment would support the epitome of that establishment, Donald Trump. He has financially supported politicians in both parties and is partially responsible for the growing wealth gap. He has benefited greatly from government policies that favor the rich, and if elected, his economic programs would transfer even more of our wealth to the undeserving very rich at the expense of the rest of us. In other words, I cannot understand why someone who is disillusioned with the present system vote for someone who embodies it? Can we solve the growing gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us by making that gap larger? That reminds me of the argument that the solution to gun violence is more guns, a policy that has been an abysmal failure.
I am not too worried about Donald Trump’s becoming president however. He does have an excellent chance of becoming the Republican nominee, but I still have faith that the American public will reject him in the general election. If Trump is nominated and loses the election, there may even be a benefit. If enough potential Republican voters stay home out of disgust for Trump, maybe the do-nothing majority in the Senate will lose some seats and we will come a step closer to returning to a functional federal government.
On a personal note, I had cataract surgery yesterday. The vision in the operated eye is still blurry, but I’m told it should improve in the next days. I hope that’s true.