Tuesday, May 31, 2016
One of the Planet's Geniuses, Physicist Stephen Hawking, Talks About Donald Trump
STEPHEN HAWKING WANTS THE WORLD TO HEAR HIS MESSAGE ABOUT DONALD TRUMP
"Stephen Hawking is probably one of the most intelligent figures alive today. His formidable body of scientific work has helped humanity understand some of the biggest mysteries about the universe as we know it. With popular books like A Brief History of Time, The Grand Design, and The Universe in a Nutshell, the world-renowned physicist has single-handedly become synonymous with the word “genius” not just in the world of science, but in popular culture as well.
And yet, even he cannot fathom what it is that has made Donald Trump the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential elections.
The British physicist appeared on ITV on Monday morning, claiming that Trump “is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”
Apparently he doesn’t understand much of the Republican Party’s voter base at the moment. Hawking is not necessarily shy when it comes to politics. In fact, he is an outspoken critic of neoliberal capitalism, often aligning himself with the political left when speaking on social, economic, or political matters."
Donald Trump, as many have noted, does appeal to the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, what we'll refer to as the LCDs. Just visit any rabid right TeaPublican blog to see how low and common are the people who support him and the people who witness Trump's embarrassingly mindless rants and insults as well as his excruciatingly uninformed blather on domestic and foreign issues.
Remember, also, that among his biggest fans are the poorly educated and white supremacists.
Now let's wait to see how long it will take the thin-skinned Trumper to mock Stephen Hawking's ALS and make his LCDs fall all over themselves cheering.
If you read the rabid right wing blogs and news sites, you'll learn that many of them are willing to defend the indefensible bigotry and political ignorance of Donald J. Trump and vote for him because they actually believe he is the better alternative to either Hillary, Sanders, or Johnson. This is the position of a moral coward -- someone who is willing to sacrifice his or her principles for the sake of a political party. Michael Gerson has a warning for those moral cowards:
"Republicans are testing out a theory. “What Trump is doing,” argues Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, “is exactly what Rush Limbaugh and others have been begging Republican presidential candidates to do — to run a brutal, scorched-earth, anything-goes campaign. They now have their man.”
So, is the nation longing for more invective, more viciousness, more accusations of scandal and conspiracy? A strong plurality of voters in Republican primaries seemed to agree. We will now see how the national electorate responds.
As a starting move, Trump has accused Bill Clinton of rape and intimated that the Clintons are guilty of murder. It is hard to imagine going lower from here, but Trump will surely manage.
Some Republicans keep expecting Trump to finally remove the mask of misogyny, prejudice and cruelty and act in a more presidential manner. But it is not a mask. It is his true face.
Good Republican leaders making the decision to support Trump will end up either humiliated by the association, or betrayed and attacked for criticizing the great leader.
Trump leaves no other options."