Donald Trump, along with Senator Bernie Sanders, has revolutionized the way we view politicians today. He says what is on his mind without having anyone make his message a bit sweeter or politically correct to the viewers. However, his message is one of hate, prejudice, and racism, and it would make the Founding Fathers turn in their graves.
Alexander Hamilton published a set of Federalist Papers along with James Madison and John Jay under the pseudonym Publius to support the ratification of the constitution in 1787. James Madison warned in The Federalist No. 10 “that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority” as a way to deter us from forming political parties. Madison coined the term mischief of factions referring to this idea that the majority could band together and leave the smaller portion of the population as an oppressed minority, making everything favor the majority when these factions(or political parties) banded together to vote. Ironically the Founding Fathers were the first ones to create political parties with the Federalists and the Antifederalists.
Furthermore, they talked about(some would say predicted) demagogues swaying these factions by appealing to their emotions using arguments that may sound correct but are actually false. The Founding Fathers, unlike Trump, knew history and were aware that when the Greeks attempted a direct democracy where regular individuals had the ability to directly affect change, the Sophists were able to sway them into voting for the Sophists’ interests under false pretenses. According to dictionary.com, a Sophist is “a person who reasons with clever but fallacious arguments.” If this sounds familiar is because that is exactly what Trump is, a Sophist. For example, Donald Trump claims that “when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” This argument is partially correct and is spun to make us hate these immigrants. First, Mexico does not send anyone to the United States they come here for the opportunity of a better life, which is why the British migrated to the Americas in the first place. Second, no one moves from one country to another because they are experiencing great life circumstances where they live. Quite obviously, the people who migrate are those who come from low income situations and have little to no education. This does not just apply to Mexico but also to Europe, Asia, and the rest of Latin America among others, the United States is known as the place to go for a better life. Trump is correct about one thing, people who come to the U.S. illegally are not always the highest quality people, but that does not automatically make them rapists, drug users, and drug dealers. What turns these people onto illegal activities is the lack of opportunity society provides people of low income and low education to come out of poverty in order to prosper.
The epitome of what Madison meant when he wrote about the mischief of factions led by silver tongued demagogues is personified by a Trump rally; Immense groups of people using raw emotion and hatred for the establishment rather than utilizing logical and deliberate thinking to realize that even though there are many things wrong with our government, Trump is not the answer.
To view Trump’s full speech about Mexican immigrants, go to https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/08/donald-trumps-false-comments-connecting-mexican-immigrants-and-crime/