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Success of Trump's candidacy is national disgrace

The success of the Trump candidacy is largely the result of a lack of character and courage in America. Over and over again Donald Trump has demeaned and denigrated various groups and his obsequious minions have continued to flock to his events and vote for him. It is frankly beyond my comprehension that hundreds of thousands of my fellow citizens would be willing to vote for a candidate who has repeatedly and blatantly besmirched the character of Mexicans, Muslims and women.

I recognize that many of those voting for Trump are hurting and are very angry about the loss of good paying jobs due to globalization and on-going wage stagnation. Many of them are grappling with downward mobility and a continued loss of their social status. They see a future in which their children will be even worse off then they are. I get their frustration, but a significant cause of their plight is the result of growing inequality in America which is in part the result of unfettered greed by guys like Trump.

He and his ilk pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes than those who are hurting. They are taking advantage of the system that is rigged in their favor, e.g., the bankruptcy laws, tax dodges and loopholes, ability to park funds off-shore, special legislation, etc. to reduce their burden and increase the burden on those who lack the resources to manipulate the system. It is one thing to be frustrated and take out your frustration on those who are causing your frustration; it is another thing to support someone who is the embodiment of the greedy that caused your problem in the first place.

Rather than demand that our politicians use the power of government to enact policies that will stimulate job creation and provide an adequate safety net to protect those who are out of working. Trump supporters have turned to someone whose solution is to blame others for our problems and block future immigrants. In this respect it's not surprising that our own divisive Governor supported the Donald. Instead of working to solve New Jersey's problems our Governor continues to blame others for our state's problems – the Democrats in the legislature, President Obama, the Congress, the teacher unions, state workers, the bond rating agencies, the press and citizens who had the guts to stand-up to his bully-like behavior. Christie's performance was a sneak preview of what could happen to nation when they have a polarizing bully, without substance, in charge of the government – falling bond ratings, high unemployment, failure to meet mandated pension payments and a jump in the state's poverty rate (one of only three states that saw a rise).

All of the leading Republican candidates for the presidency have made it clear that a Trump presidency would be a disaster. Yet up until very recently when asked if they would support him if he was the party's nominee, they all cowardly answered, yes. While Paul Ryan registered his disgust over some of Trump's racist comments he did not indicate that he would not support him if he is the nominee. Even John McCain, whose exemplary military record was besmirched by Trump, has not come out and said that under no circumstance would he support Trump (I guess he's concerned about incurring the wrath of his vice presidential choice, Sarah Palin, a Trump supporter). The only well-know Republican exceptions have been Mitt Romney, Christine Todd Whitman and Megan Whitman. These establishment Republican share one characteristic – they all do not currently hold elective office. I find it reprehensible that so many elected Republican unwilling to overtly oppose racism, sexism and xenophobia?

Why are they such cowards? When good people hid really bad things happen. My generation has witnesses a situation in which too many looked the other way when an authoritarian demagogues targeted one group after another. History has dozens and dozens of tragic example of cases where anger and fear have been exploited by charismatic authoritarians who offer xenophobia and racism as the answer to the nation's pressing problems. Joe McCarthy and George Wallace are recent American incarnates of these types of people.

America has always been a special land where those who are persecuted could come to and grow and make us an even better place. We need to pull the weed, which is Donald Trump, before it has a chance to more firmly take root in our soil.

The Times in a recent editorial called for Chris Christie to resign because "his craven endorsement of Donald Trump is only the final blow, the moment when he lost any last shred of credibility. His fulsome praise of Trump, after his stinging condemnation only a few weeks ago, is impossible to believe." What is equally impossible to believe is that there are not enough people in the Republican Party wiling to stand-up and "say no" to a Presidential candidate who says "I could stand in the middle and 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters" and that women who get abortions should face "some form of punishment."