When I was a child, I often heard the expression, “Never stir a nest of hornets.” It was not, however, until I was older that I understood it. I was in the woods hunting when I saw a large hornets nest in the trees. I hadn’t managed to kill anything and was bored. So I figured, why not?
Now, “why not?” has always been my second-favorite question (the first being “why?”). I should have recalled the repeated warnings of my elders, but like most teens, I knew better. They were just a bunch of dumb insects. I reasoned that if I were to shoot the hive, I could sit down and watch the confusion. Little did I know that hornets are rather intelligent—at least these turned out to be.
I raised my shotgun and fired. Of course, it was fifty feet from me and quite large. Pretty hard to miss with a scatter-gun. And I did not.
But something odd happened as I started to take my seat for the show. The hornets came from the nest, circled it a couple of times as a mass, then the entire swarm seemed to identify the threat. All at once, the hornets turned and flew like an arrow right in my direction.
Disbelief was my first reaction. My second, was to run.
I tell this story because here we are on the eve of another Presidential Election in America. It is a time in the nation when all celebrate the fact that even a millionaire can grow up to become President. A time when, no matter how insane you are, you can still manage to find enough kooks to cast their vote your way. A time when shooting at a hornet’s nest kind of makes sense.
The Killing of Innocents, Hornets, and Trump
Aside from my passion for justice, I am a political junkie. At least I was until a few years ago. That is when I read The Prince, by Machiavelli again. I must say, it makes far more sense now than it did in High School. Since then, nothing that happens in politics surprises (or annoys) me—I get it all.
This is part of the reason why, when Donald Trump entered the race, I told friends that he was not in it to win it. The Donald was up to something else. I recalled how he had been a long-time friend and supporter of the Clinton’s and had been a long-time Democrat. And he likes to make money.
Facing facts, the White House and Air Force One in particular would be a step down for Mr. Trump. My theory was at the time that he was pulling what H. Ross Perot pulled in the 90s. I believed (and still do) that the goal of Trump entering the race was to ensure a victory for Hillary Clinton. Trumps recent comments certainly suggest he is intentionally throwing the race (on Clinton’s emails, Russian hacking, Women, Muslims—just pick a subject—he has sounded equally foolish on every front).
Also, facing facts, The Donald has been stirring up a hornet’s nest of hate in America. He has been one of the most divisive voices to come along in decades. And innocent people are dying.
Now, I know it is a stretch to lay that at his feet. Still, one must consider where all the anger and hatred goes after it leaves the soundbites.
Is there a Connection Between Recent Violence and Politics?
I have always been a fan of Donald Trump. I have read all his books (which, yes, I know he did not write. I am a ghost writer myself and can recognize the dissonance between his speech and the written word which is supposedly his own. Frankly, it would surprise me if Trump knew how to operate a keyboard much less take the time to write a book. Still, his books are great and they do contain his wisdom for making money—something he is clearly a master at doing. And I do recommend reading at least one if you have not.)
But, fan or not, I must look at the big picture.
The big picture is that every time there is a clear lack of leadership in the country, mass murder rates appear to increase. I haven’t done any hard research on the matter for I only recently developed this hypothesis—fifteen minutes ago to be exact. We currently have a lame duck President who has been admittedly pretty lame his entire term and two candidates who appear to be staging a show for Comedy Central rather than running for the highest office in the nation. There is a definite lack of leadership in the nation right now.
The worst part is that I only know of a smattering of people who want EITHER candidate. Gary Johnson and that Green Party lady are both looking pretty good this time around, eh? This appears to be the year we get to choose from the Greater of Two Evils—regardless of who wins, we know we’re screwed this time.
But here is the connection. Trump is stirring fear and hatred. He is doing so intentionally. Why? One can only surmise. I have already done so above (he doesn’t really want the White House). Regardless of the reason, the problem with that is that many look up to The Donald. And many look up to Hillary. And many of these are unstable. And when unstable people live in fear, they tend to do unstable things…like shoot, stab, or otherwise cause mayhem.
See, fear is rampant today. The Donald is playing on the fears of those on the fringe of the Republican Party. He is whipping people up like McCarthy v Lucy. And those on the other side are equally fearful—that he may actually win. With all this fear, is it any wonder that the less stable among us are reacting to things in their lives with violence.
Trump, the Killing of Innocence, and Hornets
The connections between violence and fear are well-established. Decades ago researchers discovered that fear is caused by a lack of knowledge or understanding; that fear is the driving force behind racism and bigotry; that fear is also tied to acts of violence.
Now, without getting all psychological and deep, let me simply say that it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if you prey upon people’s fears and it turns out poorly for them, you share some blame. It is called manipulation. And from reading Donald Trump’s books, I can say that he certainly seems to know how to manipulate.
While that may make for great politics, it also makes for the killing of innocence. It has been said that Trump is not the man for the job right now and I would have to agree completely.
At this time in our nation, we have seriously divided cities. Race and religion have both been used as tools to manipulate the electorate. Police seem oblivious to the fact that the people they are killing are their American brothers and sisters. Unless they are Mexican, in which case per Trump, they are all murderers and rapists. Oh, and don’t forget the Muslims—they all want the heads of every infidel in the nation. Oh, and women—can’t trust them. Oh, and did I happen to mention that EVERYONE I know in Law Enforcement is supporting Trump?
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I did manage to escape the hornets. Not that I deserved to. I stirred the nest and by all rights I should have gotten mine. But that is not how the world works. Sometimes, you get to start trouble and simply walk away. If you don’t believe me, just ask The Donald.