With the rise of the far-right and the radical right, we not only have been experiencing the growth of “the survival-of-the-fittest” social Darwinist ideology in much of today’s national Republican Party featuring their desire to not only cut and reduce spending on all of the federal government social programs that help the middle and lower classes (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, college student loans), but we are also getting more of their cold-hearted desire to abolish all of them, which they try to keep a secret from the American people as authors Jane Mayer and Nancy MacLean have well-documented by pointing out they frequently use and believe in using “stealth tactics.” Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman points this out too, as he describes how so many of them operate in “bad faith.”
And along with this, we get what Alfred Hitchcock referred to as “brutality with a smile.”
An example of this was when presidential candidate Donald Trump, during a televised Republican debate, literally mocked, made fun of, insulted, disrespected, and humiliated candidate Carly Fiorina by shouting “Look at that face!”
I still find it hard to believe that any human being could have been so cruel, sadistic, and abusive as to humiliate another human being like that, especially a very accomplished woman who has had to bury a child due to drug addiction and who has had to experience having a double mastectomy. This woman has suffered greatly in life, and did not deserve to be abused and publicly humiliated like that.
But ultimately we are all held accountable and will be held accountable for how we have treated others in life, and that includes a right-wing, serial spouse-cheater, and dirtbag like I believe Donald Trump to be.
STEWART B. EPSTEIN
Rochester, New York
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