Let me preface this reflection by saying that it was not prompted by anything or anyone in these forums, it resulted from my view of the world around us.
As a species, collectively, we are not
very smart. We are easily manipulated, especially when times are tough, by a
charismatic orator who simply has to find someone else or something else to
blame for our woes and then offer a solution that may or may not be viable, yet
we embrace it. Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House is a prime example. He
blamed illegal immigrants, all rapists and criminals; Muslims, all potential
terrorists for putting the U.S. in imminent danger and free trade for the woes
of the Rust Belt. His solution, build a wall along the southern border and, by
the way, Mexico will pay for it; ban Muslims from entering the U.S., scrap all
free trade agreements, and force companies to bring jobs back to the U.S.
Even if the U.S. builds the wall, which is doubtful, Mexico isn’t going to pay a peso for it; there will be no Muslim ban; While trade deals may be updated none will be scrapped the TPP excepted, which by the way opens a huge door for China; and jobs are not coming back to the Rust Belt in any numbers that are significant.
Of course, if the wall doesn’t get built, Muslims continue to enter the U.S. and jobs do not return to the Rust Belt he will find someone else to blame and his core supporters will embrace it once again. That is not a knock on Americans; the same can be said if he were in any other country under the same conditions.
We can be talked into blowing ourselves up in a crowd of innocent people by a fanatical cleric waving a sacred text even though that text forbids suicide.
Yes, Collectively we are not very bright indeed. Your thoughts.