This nation had its share of populist demagogues last century. Huey Long and George Wallace come to mind.
It has been a recurring feature of human nature for those who, as Thoreau said, “lead lives of quiet desperation” to blame someone other than their own kind for their plight — which has meant, usually, blaming minorities and foreigners.
The rise of the current incarnation of this phenomenon is not unique in the United States. It can get much uglier if not held in check by the awakening of our better natures.
L. Gabriel Bach Miami
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