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Once again, the Trump circus is rolling into town.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Step right up, y’all and come and see the craziest circus the Republican Party has to offer – an orgy of ostentatious enmity directed at anyone who isn’t a white, right-wing, anti-Muslim, Christian Republican.

Yes, the GOP’s id, that ringmaster of repugnance, Donald J. Trump is rolling into town later today to be warmly greeted by teeming throngs of wild-eyed Trumpists, melted cheese and chili dog sauce dripping down their stubbly chins, all of whom want to *wink*, *wink,* “Make American Great Again!” Say again?

Trump, riding high following his schoolyard scrap with the petulant Marco "Dry Mouth" Rubio last night, comes to Oklahoma with a widening lead – at 29 percent – compared to 21 percent for Rubio and 20 percent for Ted Cruz. Looks like Marco and Teddy are getting their heads shoved in the toilet for another “swirlie" from America's favorite serial liar.

Make no mistake, the Trumpenfuhrer loves the “poorly educated” and the “morons” who make up his base of support. But sadly, most of those folks, taken from America's working class, are "poorly educated" primarily because of Trump's simpleminded rhetoric and his continued support of policies that underfund public schools and other institutions of learning. Of course there are plenty of "poorly educated" folks in Hollywood, at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, so clearly it crosses class divisions. 

Regardless, watching all of this unfold on the national stage, like a slow-motion trainwreck, is nauseating and nightmarish, particularly after nervously laughing at the absurdity of it all. Conventional wisdom? Out. The. Window.

And so when this Gekko-like vulgarian and arch-reactionary from Queens goes to the Cox Convention Center today and whips them into a frenzy, while promising to do violence against those who oppose him, most will nod in approval and cheer. And some will vow to do his bidding, roughing up protesters or calling fellow Americans rude names. These are dangerous times and in dangerous times people often react out of a feeling of isloation and fear.

As MIT Prof. Noam Chomsky observed this past week, the rise of Trumpism is coinciding with the breakdown of society, as we witnessed 80 years ago here and in Europe.

“It’s interesting to compare the situation in the ‘30s, which I’m old enough to remember,” Chomsky told Alternet. “Objectively, poverty and suffering were far greater. But even among poor working people and the unemployed, there was a sense of hope that is lacking now, in large part because of the growth of a militant labor movement and also the existence of political organizations outside the mainstream."

And Oklahoma looks like it will be a strong state for the nationalistic and xenophobic Trump on Super Tuesday. With a huge budget hole, underfunded schools, the corporatization of government and society and the atomization of daily life has added to that sense of desperation people are feeling and Trump is feeding off of that like the crazed, crony-capitalist parasite that he is.

As Pat McFerron, a local pollster, told The Fat City Times on a recent sunny day: “Trump performs best among lower income households, those over 45 and those with a history of rarely voting in Republican primaries.”

He also does well with those who think "political correctness" has gone too far. Interpreted another way, folks who are tired of the fact that they can't be openly sexist and racist - like in the "good old days" - find a lot to like in Trump. Look at America's neo-Nazis and Klansmen. They love Trump! David Duke screamed recently that voting against Trump is "treason to your heritage!"

And there is no doubt that when Trump hits the stage, a small slice of White America will scream and shout in their fervent support of whatever it is Trump stands for. And that is dangerous.

Folks, America is heading down the path towards unbridled fascism. Take heed. This circus can quickly turn into a concentration camp.

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