Our class valedictorian did not attend homecoming in October this year. But a copy of his published letter to the editor of the Kansas City Star did.
Merrill Stiles, a retired physician, asked readers to think logically before casting their ballots for president and provided a list of considerations.
I was reminded of Merrill’s letter today in reading Donald Trump’s tweet of yesterday. The tweet said that in addition to winning the decisive Electoral College, he had also captured the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Trump offered no proof of illegal voting. He seemed to have pulled “the fact” out of the sky. Hillary Clinton by all reliable accounts leads the popular vote by 2 million. And the number is growing.
Not only that but Clinton is seeking a recount of votes in Wisconsin. And the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, is raising money for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Trump has no strong mandate going in to his presidency. He seeks a stronger voice by saying he won the popular vote so that he can rule America like a king. But the important thing is not what he said. The important thing is that half of America will believe him, nodding that millions cast illegal ballots. Half of the country will suspend logical thinking in favor of fiction, an unproven assertion that would get you a Big Fat “F” in Logic 101.
While I agree with Merrill’s concern, I think it comes a bit late. America has already reached the tipping point where irrational thinking is the standard. Trump is not the enemy. The enemy is us. We have perhaps reached critical mass with the election of Trump. Faith is winning the war with science and fact.
We no longer seek a president but some sort of white man’s messiah. Trump’s election is just another example of America in decline.