I liked this op-ed piece, very well-stated and thought-provoking. That is, for people with critical thinking skills who can be objective. For those who are blinded by their own ideologies and/or so enamored by a particular individual that they cannot be objective, then this piece will be a pointless read to them.
Many books have been written trying to figure out what happened to the German population in the 1930’s, how otherwise intelligent, rational, logical, kind and thoughtful human beings could so quickly fall under the spell of a psychotic, evil demagogue and wholeheartedly support and follow him down the road to Hell.
Just watch Trump and his 90 million or so worshippers, and you can see the exact thing being repeated here in the U.S. today, before our very eyes. Do you think Hitler looked in a mirror and said to himself, “I am so evil!” Of course not. Our own ideologies are always cloaked in righteousness, so even when we are committing horrible evils, we do not see them as such.
Trump’s supporters do not see him or his actions as evil, because his hatreds and ideologies match their own. They are simply following a man who speaks to their hearts as nobody else has ever done, and when they see him, they see themselves. They do not see themselves as any more evil than they see him - in fact, quite the opposite, most of them probably see it all as incredibly good and righteous. Just as Hitler and all those tens of millions of Germans did back in the 1930’s and 40’s.
He IS evil, and his followers are by complicity in the evil that they support, whether their own adulation blinds them to this fact or not. It is for those of us who can see to battle it, and them.