I am sure most people have heard the story about the scorpion that asked a frog for a ride across a river. The frog at first refused because he knew that if he let the scorpion anywhere close, he would get stung and die.
The scorpion convinced the frog by very persuasive talk and saying that he could not swim and riding on the back of a live frog was the only way to save himself once in the water. The frog decided to do the favor and as they got to the middle of the river, the scorpion stung the frog and they both died.
Before going under, the frog asked the scorpion, that knowing the he would die too, why he had done it. Before dying, the scorpion responded that it was in his nature to kill.
Trump and his base offer a similar scenario as the country is currently enjoying a good economy with a great national unemployment rate of 3.7 percent and the passing of major tax legislation that the President says his people love so much. Yet Trump and his constituents continue to be dissatisfied and angry about things that raise major questions.
That anger was turned by the President of the United States into a campaign of hate fueled by racial, ethnic and religious bigotry. His midterm election contribution was to deliberately stoke resentment against Blacks Americans, Latinos, Latino immigrants, Jewish Americans and White Americans that cultivate racial diversity.
Trump and his kind are not satisfied with being on top and running the country. They want to get rid of people and institutions they cannot control.
Most of all, Trump is attempting to lead the America First pack in a dangerous process involving some kind of ethnic and racial cleansing that has the effect of reducing the number of minorities as part of a plan to maintain a political majority. His vitriolic cry of alarm about immigration and Latino immigrants along with announcements like challenging the constitutional concept of American citizenship by birth are strategies designed to deny the fulfillment of demographic history.
It is popularly accepted that Mark Twain (1835-1910) authored the first novel written on a typewriter: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). In it, he indicts American social culture east of the Mississippi, especially slavery that as an institution received a mortal blow from the results of the American Civil War.
What Twain does not necessarily talk about in his major works is Manifest Destiny and the ethnic and racial cleansing of Indian people begun under the Indian Removal Act of 1830 signed by President Andrew Jackson who has become Donald Trump metaphorical mentor. That cleansing was for the purposes of a land-grab that allowed the settlement of the American West by pioneers that fulfilled the vision.
Twenty-first Century America is seeing a concentrated attempt to limit the influence of the minority community, especially Latinos because they hold the political keys to the future of this country. Just this month, the Latino population became the majority in California.
Latinos are within 1.4 percent of becoming the largest group in Texas. Their presence was very much felt in the midterm elections and that voice will only get louder.
Trump and his people’s all out effort to demonize the minority community, especially Latinos in politics has its roots in the fear of losing the privilege of staying in the majority. When it comes down to, it is the vote as much as it is race.