Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Must Read From Asia Times--Donald Trump: American Hero

One reason why Trump is so disruptive is that we do not have a recognizable idiom for him. How many Westerns do you remember where the guy from back East rides into town in a fancy stagecoach wearing a manicured suit and proceeds to bang cowboys' heads together? It never happened. Not once.

Demographically, Trump is a prototypical movie villain. He is white, rich, gruff and horny. There is more than meets the lazy eye, however:

Trump is a Christian, to be sure, of a characteristically American variety: as the political scientist Joshua Mitchell observed, he was for decades a follower of the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, whose bestselling version of the prosperity gospel in The Power of Positive Thinking made him rich. Whether and in what way Trump is a Christian, though, is far less important than the fact that he is instantly recognizable as the protagonist in a Christian drama: the lone avenger who stands up to the depraved powers of the world and calls them out for combat.


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