Donald Trump is the thinnest of thin-skinned politicians. He can abide no criticism. I am certain that he maintains an enemies list, probably in his mind and possibly on paper. He hates President Obama from the time of the Washington correspondents dinner a few years ago when Barack joked about Donald’s hair. I would not be surprised to learn that the main reason Trump is running for president is to seek revenge for the jokes about his hair.
Mia Love of Utah is running scared. She was elected by a small margin in 2014 and is currently targeted by the Democrats as vulnerable. I believe that her only chance at re-election is if the GOP nominate Mitt Romney again to head the 2016 ticket.
I would never compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Hitler was evil and Trump does not measure up to that standard. Trump’s evil is from ignorance. I’ll wager that even he is surprised at how long his candidacy has lasted. If I were comparing Trump to a dead dictator, I would compare him to Hitler’s junior partner, Benito Mussolini of Italy.
Reform is a dangerous trade. Throughout history and around the world, reformers die because those with entrenched power will do anything, ANYTHING, to retain power. The earliest reformers that I could find in history were the Gracchus brothers of early Rome, approximately 120 BCE. One was assassinated and the other committed suicide before he was about to be killed. Their crime was to take land from the rich and powerful and transfer it to the landless poor. The Kennedy brothers in the US, reformers both, were assassinated in 1963 and 1968 respectively before their reforms could be implemented. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela died under suspicious circumstances and the CIA tried to kill Fidel Castro for decades and failed.
Here in the US, we supposedly have free speech, but unpopular speech and ideas are suppressed, often by violence. To read The Iron Heel by Jack London is to be exposed to a whole host and catalog of ways free speech is suppressed in the US. People were committed to mental hospitals if they did not toe the accepted line of thought. Most of us must work to eat and taking away one’s livelihood is a common method of suppression even today. It takes real courage to be a reformer. I am retired and my audience is small so I have little to fear. However, I do worry about Bernie Sanders’s safety if he does win the nomination and then the presidency.