“They knew who Trump was. They knew he was spectacularly unqualified. They knew he was thin-skinned. They knew he was unstable. They knew he was egotistical. They knew he was vengeful. They knew he was dangerous. But they supported him anyway.” —Kevin Drum
Whipping a dead horse here, maybe, but there seems to be agreement in Drum’s statement, indirect as it is, that there is a problem with the way in which good numbers of people think and it is people’s thinking that is getting in the way of good judgement, not Donald Trump who, if people were to really understand what he and his “movement” are about would have rejected him long before he won the nomination to become the president of the United States of America.
Those who are educators should be concerned about the capacity of the American public to understand the realities that face them and their ability to deal with complex–sometimes even relatively simple–issues that are confronting them, to which they need to pay the kind of attention that would cause them to be properly informed and thoughtful enough to understand. In a democracy, a real and functional one, it is the people who do the deciding. In a real and functional democracy that really works for the good of humanity, the people are so well informed and so thoughtful as to make sensible decisions, the sensible, by nature, being the most humane.