For the past several months I’ve heard the word “demagogue” and “Trump” mentioned in the same sentence. “Demagogue,” I must admit, is not a word I use very often in my day to day speech. As such, I finally realized that I was somewhat vague in my mind as to the exact definition. So, like all good internet people, I went to Wikipedia…
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A demagogue /ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/ (from Greek δημαγωγός, a popular leader, a leader of a mob, from δῆμος, people, populace, the commons + ἀγωγός leading, leader)[1] or rabble-rouser is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation.[1][2][3][4] Demagogues have usually advocated immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty. Demagogues overturn established customs of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so. Most who were elected to high office changed their democracy into some form of dictatorship.

Well…that’s not like The Donald at all, right?

Okay, I’m being a smart-ass. That is EXACTLY like The Donald! Gaining popularity by exploiting prejudice? CHECK! Shutting down reasoned deliberation? CHECK! Advocating violent action? DUDE, HAVE YOU SEEN HIS RALLIES?  Accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty? YEP!

Now, all of that is bad, but it’s the last bit of the demagogic definition that really keeps me up at night. It’s that bit about changing democracy into some form of dictatorship. Folks, this is where we must heed the call to action. The USA is the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. To peoples who have known only dictatorship, we have been a beacon of freedom for our entire history. We can not, must not, and will not let that beacon go out!

Resisting Trump is thus an act of high patriotism and the clear duty of every American who understands the term “demagog”  and would rid the Earth of such leaders.

By Clayton J. Callahan


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    A message to Republican (and other) Electors: When You Cast Your Vote on Monday, December 19, Please Do So in Good Moral Conscience!

    Probably written by ‘Founding Framer’ Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper #68 states “Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States.”

    And so we, your petitioners, while we concede that he has “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity”, do not consider Donald J. Trump to have any requisite “different kind of merit”, nor any redeeming “required talents” which would qualify him to be President of the United States of America. In fact, we find him to be a most unseemly candidate for that august office; one who is both unfit and unready to discharge its duties; so very crucially important to our republic at this time, and for the survival and well-being of our people.

    Therefore, and in keeping with the high Moral Principle of government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we, your petitioners, entreat and beseech you, the 2016 United States Electors, to either abstain from voting for Donald J. Trump, or to vote in good conscience for another valid and qualified candidate.

    Finally, we wish to thank you in advance for your due consideration, and especially for your patriotic courage.


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