Into the Belly of the Beast: Throwing the book at Trump in Jacksonville

I ordered tickets to the Trump rally in Jacksonville which takes place August 3. No, I’m not crazy. I’m going to get as close as I can and toss a copy of Tears of Abraham right at his head. Since the book is about the coming American Civil War, perhaps my small act of protest will resonate.

Trump said this week that the general election “is already being rigged,” addding to the fear and paranoia that many of his supporters already walk around with every day. When Trump looses in November, all that bottled-up white rage will seek an outlet. A patriot would attempt to diffuse that rage in the aftermath of the election. Trump, of course, is a self-serving bloviating bastard, rather than a patriot. This is the man that mocked Senator McCain for being captured. Trump, wrapping himself in the flag, insulted the grieving parents of a hero who reciceved a posthemous Gold Star for valor in defense of our country. Trump is not a patriot.

He will make a bad situation even worse after the election, rather than falling on his sword the way Sanders did last week, or Al Gore did following his loss to Bush. Trump will scream, shout, retaliate, call for recounts and violence.

Tears of  Abraham is about the next American Civil War, arising in the aftermath of Democratic wins. Trump is just the sort of person to ignite that war. The novel is a cautionary  tale, taking a hard look at what such a war would truly mean for the country. For the destruction and misery heaped upon our soldiers and civilians would be worse than anything most people can imagine.

The Democratic convention  provided a stark contrast to the GOP convention in Cleveland. While the Democrats called for unity and hope, the Republicans rallied around fear. The nation needs healing, not more wounds. As much as I dislike Hillary Clinton, I will  vote for her because Trump is the worst candidate in our history to win the nomination of a major party. His temperment, woeful ignorance, arrogance, and petty maliciousness present a threat to the world in a way that Hillary does not. She’s not going to launch a Trident missile because she felt insulted. She’s not going to allow Putin to roll into the Balkans. 

Trump is dangerous, and I’m going to fight with my words. I’m throwing a book at him.


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