My perspective is that President Trump and his party often operate on fear. He insinuates: “Look what will happen if I am not here to protect you. If the liberal, socialist snobs are elected, you will lose everything. They, the liberals, will allow unfettered immigration, crime will rise, the immigrants will take your job and they will bankrupt the country.”
The divisiveness is intentional. The lying is creating alternative facts in order to muddy the truth. Fear of others, fear of liberals and fear of anyone that does not look like you is prevalent and often intentional.
When asked my opinion about this administration, I always say that if the president is not impeached and wins re-election, my fear is that sooner or later, a very smart Trump-like person will get elected. From my perspective, that would be the beginning of the end of our democracy.
The second thing I am concerned about, and this concern is a greater fear than fearing a smart Trump-like person, is a world war. I fear that the instability in the Middle East could be the crucible for the next world war. Trump has no long-range plans; he ignores counsel and operates on instinct, his own words, which mean he has no plan, no vision.
As the famous General Sun Tzu said: “If you know the enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
Trump does not know the enemy, and he does not have a self to know. He operates on a petulant child level and strikes out at anyone or any country that criticizes him. As others, including some elected officials, push or allow him to proceed in the direction he has chosen in the Middle East, the conflict could elevate. If that happens, others could join in on both sides, not unlike the events in Sarajevo in 1914. Nationalism was present then, as it is now. I doubt NATO will join our side, and it is also doubtful the Kurds would join us.
That is my greatest fear — and I hope I am wrong.