Did James Madison Warn Us About Trump?

In today’s day and age, many seem to criticize the Founding Fathers for being racists and sexists who established a world where only wealthy white males were created equal. While they may have been wrong about the position of human beings of other races and all women in society, it seems that they got one thing right: FEAR TRUMP.

Within the series of Federalist Papers that came out in support of the Constitution, one stood out that seemed to warn the country against Trump in the form of James Madison’s “Federalist No. 10.” Madison explicitly argued against political parties claiming that people will always find others with similar interests and when groupthink takes over, they tyrannize over those who are less able to protect themselves and have their voices heard. The irony lies in the fact that the Federalist Papers led to the creation of the very first political parties or “factions” as the Founding Fathers referred to them; they were named simply the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Regardless, they knew that within a democracy the larger group of people would try to impose their ideologies on the smaller group.

Madison also mentions a “demagogue” which is defined as “a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument”(dictionary.com). If this doesn’t define Trump then I don’t know what does. He claims that the elections have been rigged(of course not in his favor), and that he has seen a video where Clinton and President Obama were promoting violence saying that “when I saw what they did, which is a criminal act by the way, where they’re telling people to go out and start fist-fights and start violence. In particular in Chicago people were hurt, and people could’ve been killed in that riot. And that was now all on tape started by her”(Politifact, 2016). This is a made up argument by Trump that has absolutely no foundation. Trump flip-flops often and makes arguments that are hypocritical in nature and his base seems to be energized by it.

Over the recent weeks we have learned information of Trump’s sexual abuse towards women. From the hot microphone with Billy Bush in the bus where he says that he can “just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” and “grab them by the pussy. You can do anything”(Concourse, 2016). His evangelical base should be furious! But instead they believe him when he expresses that “nobody respects women more than Donald Trump, I’ll tell you. Nobody respects women more. My daughter Ivanka always says, ‘Daddy, nobody respects women more than you, Daddy, what are they talking about?”(CNN, 2016).

Donald Trump is the demagogue leading the faction; the faction of hate, racism, ignorance, and ego. When questioned about nuclear weapons, he thinks that they should be used otherwise “then why are we making them? Why do we make them?”(MSNBC, 2016). I’m sure I don’t need to explain why this is wrong on so many levels. But if it is, why are people still voting for him? Are they stupid? Misinformed? Or do they just not care enough to do the research and would just rather rely on word of mouth? Either way the Founding Fathers would be very disappointed to see that someone like Trump, even if he does not win, got this far in the election process.

 

Works Cited

Contorno, S. (2016, October 20). Trump says Clinton and Obama paid people to cause violence at his rallies. Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/oct/20/trump-says-clinton-and-obama-caused-violence-his-r/

Feinberg, A. (2016, October 7). Donald Trump On Getting Women: “Grab Them By The Pussy” Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/donald-trump-on-getting-women-grab-them-by-the-pussy-1787545407

Krieg, G. (2016, October 7). 12 times Donald Trump declared his ‘respect’ for women. Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/07/politics/donald-trump-respect-women/

Legum, J. (2016, August 4). 9 terrifying things Donald Trump has publicly said about nuclear weapons. Retrieved October 29, 2016, from https://thinkprogress.org/9-terrifying-things-donald-trump-has-publicly-said-about-nuclear-weapons-99f6290bc32a#.tdxg6ro7n

Madison, J, Federalist No. 10, in The Federalist, ed. George W. Carey and James McClellan (Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 2001), 351–52.

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