As 35% of American conservatives, in some strange fit of mass hysteria, as they choose to commit "collective Hari Kari" to support Donald Trump...the only Republican candidate projected to lose to Hillary Clinton, I can only assume the Trumpers have simply not done their homework.
Back in the 80's, John D. MacDonald, one of my favorite authors, wrote a little book called "Reading For Survival" as part of the Library of Congress's "Celebration of The Book"..an effort to urge more folks to read.
In that little book MacDonald describes the dire consequences for folks who don't read...who react emotionally, and not rationally, to the world about them. In one succinct passage he brilliantly describes what the world of the non-reader is like:
"The non reader in our culture wants to believe. He is the one born every minute. The world is so vastly confusing and baffling to him that he feels there has to be some simple answer to everything that troubles him. And so, out of pure emptiness, he will eagerly embrace spiritualism, yoga, a banana diet, or some callous frippery like Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard’s personal path to infinite riches, a strange amalgam of sociological truisms and psychological truths masquerading under ind sold to the beginner at a nice profit.”’t reach up out of the dust and grab him by the wallet.”
"My point is that the man who reads is using the fabulous memory storage and relationship analysis of the brain his ancestors developed eons ago. He is facilitating his survival in the contemporary world. He will recognize the pockets of fanaticism around him and know what is causing these universal foci of dementia. Of course, he will be called an egghead or a bleeding heart or a secular humanist, but he can lean back and, in a certain way, enjoy the marvelously crackpot rantings of a Jesse Helms, a Botha, a Meese, a Kohmeni, a Falwell, a Qaddafi, a Gorbachev, an Ortega, a Noriega----people from both ends of every spectrum, whooping and leaping and frothing, absolutely livid at the idea their particular warped vision of reality is not shared by everyone. Their basic lack of education, of reading, of being able to comprehend the great truths of reality has left empty places in their heads, into which great mischief has crept."
I have spent many hours researching the record of Donald Trump so I remain amazed that folks still support him. I can only assume those that believe Trump is the answer are those poor "non-readers" who still quiver at the shadows in the night, reach in their pocket for their rabbit's foot, and sadly, through ignorance, will seem to fall for anything.
Post Note: Please do not give me the false analogy of "it's The Donald or It's Hillary"...there are still plenty of delegates up for grabs...there still remains other choices. All one need do is educate yourself on the candidates and choose wisely