A couple of weeks ago, I had a diary up here: We're Being Ruled by Sadists. Now, I can’t claim that Paul Krugman reads my diaries, much less is inspired by them, but he said pretty much the same thing in his column this morning: The Cruelty of a Trump Christmas:
It’s common, especially around this time of year, to describe conservative politicians who cut off aid to the poor as Scrooges; I’ve done it myself. But if you think about it, this is deeply unfair to Scrooge. . . .
There are more people than we like to imagine who rejoice in the suffering of anyone they see as unlike themselves, especially anyone they perceive as weak. . . .
The article is mainly about GOP-controlled states refusing Medicaid funds even though it benefits them, and how they are instituting work requirements, which costs a lot of money. But there is an underlying point to all this:
There are more people than we like to imagine who rejoice in the suffering of anyone they see as unlike themselves, especially anyone they perceive as weak.
These people used to be at least publicly ashamed to be caught being sadistic, but not any more:
What Trump has brought to his party is a new willingness to be openly vicious.
Dickens made Scrooge into a miser, but not a vicious one, writes Krugman. Trump is far worse. It’s not just medicaid, which is the focus of Krugman’s column — though he also brings up cutting aid to Puerto Rico and cutting off food stamps, and also how he plans to
campaign with servicemen he pardoned after our own military convicted them of or charged them with war crimes, clearly because he likes the idea of indiscriminate killing — and so do some of his supporters.
It’s also the way he rips infants from their parents’ arms. It’s how he abandons the Kurds without a second thought. It’s the way he mocks anyone who disagrees with him or even fails to agree with him obsequiously enough.
This is not who we are as a people, as a nation, as the idea of America. We need to stress this point over and over again between now and November, so that we can truly make America great again.