In The New York Times Letter to the Editors last week came this set of ideas from a retired academic.
When first we read it, we mistakenly thought it was an ordinary letter from a reader, any reader, who had reached a point in his life where he couldn’t any longer contain himself. In this mistaken fog, we were stunned that someone would write this and sign his name to it. It was (again, our mistake) a sign that the level of political discourse in the US at this time was beneath the ocean’s floor.
We rooted around and found the piece and realized our error. The writer was simply hypotheticalizing. Still, whether real or make-believe,it was disturbing. And, we felt,true. (That may be our own error again.)
“…but he does’t mention a crucial component of Mr. Trump’s appeal. By dispensing with what he calls political correctness,
Mr. Trump has made racial and religious bigotry “respectable.” He gives voice to the millions of Americans – disproportionately white,
male and lacking a college degree – who have suffered seven years of having to watch and listen to a black president. Mr.Trump is their
We are not appending the writer’s signature lest others make the same mistake we did and go ballistic over what in fact is supposition.
But it sure had us turning purple.