"Look at those hands, are they small hands? And he referred to my hands, 'If they're small, something else must be small.' I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee."
- Donald Trump, Republican Presidential Debate, Detroit, March 3, 2016
"We have met the enemy and he is us."
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."
- Ariel Durant
As I observed in my prior blog entry, last night's Republican debate in Detroit left me shuddering. A person with a severe narcissistic personality disorder is likely to become the Republican presidential candidate, and, if Hillary is indicted, stands a reasonable chance of becoming America's next commander-in-chief, with his little fingers on the launch buttons of America's nuclear arsenal.
In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Donald Trump, the Great Betrayer," David Brooks tell us how Donald Trump "betrays" others, using Trump University as an example. Will this make any difference to Trump supporters? I doubt it.
"The burden of responsibility now falls on Republican officials, elected and nonelected, at all levels. For years they have built relationships in their communities, earned the right to be heard. If they now feel that Donald Trump would be a reckless and dangerous president, then they have a responsibility to their country to tell those people the truth, to rally all their energies against this man.
Since the start of his campaign Trump has had more energy and more courage than his opponents. Maybe that’s now changing."
Sorry, David, but the burden doesn't fall on Republican officials. Trump is the Frankenstein monster of the Republican rank and file, and if the example of Trump University isn't enough to pry them away from this charlatan, there is no amount of coaxing or education that can help.