The Displaced Plainsman Leo Kallis makes welcome return to the South Dakota Blogosphere to critique the language Troy Jones and I have been using to describe Donald Trump.
Contra Jones, the Plainsman contends that Trump is no moderate, as evidenced by Trump’s immoderately angry tone and desire (“plan” would be an immoderate exaggeration) to expand government power to deport eleven million people.
Contra me, the Plainsman says calling Trump a fascist gives fascists a bad name:
To call Trump a fascist implies he has a coherent political philosophy. It’s not clear that Trump has any philosophy other than a belief that he should selfishly satisfy his ego, bask in puffery, and frequently issue 140 character insults. These qualities indicate he is a truculent demagogue, but while nearly every fascist leader is a truculent demagogue not all truculent demagogues are fascists [Leo Kallis, “Trump: Fascist Moderate or Moderate Fascist, Part 2,” The Displaced Plainsman, 2016.06.06].
The Plainsman agrees that Trump threatens a dictatorial attack on civil liberties, but he pokes at mainstream Republicans and Democrats alike by noting that “his distaste for civil liberties means a Trump administration would differ from the Obama and George W. Bush administrations in degree not in kind.” (Hint: I think the Plainsman is referring to the Patriot Act and other abuses of the Constitution.)
The Plainsman seems to settle on the notion that Trump is neither fascist nor moderate but simply a dangerous egotist (Ayn Rand without dogma or literary pretense?). I know the Plainsman is no fascist. I’m not sure he’s a moderate, either; he may be more of a Goldwater extremist in the defense of liberty and the pursuit of justice.
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Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan says Trump’s false attack on his “university” fraud case judge satisfy the textbook definition of racism, but Speaker Ryan is clinging to his endorsement. Evidently textbooks don’t matter. So why philosophize over Donald Trump when we can just dismiss him as a total jerk? Hillary Clinton super-PAC Priorities USA goes to town on Trump’s mockery of people with disabilities: