Letter: Barrington Stage play speaks to dangers of Trump

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Barrington Stage play speaks to dangers of Trump

To the editor:

My family and I have just returned from seeing the Barrington Stage production of Mark St. Germain's play "Camping with Henry and Tom." My recommendation to everyone: see this play. [The play runs through Oct. 23.]

It is an uncomfortable and oh-so-timely reflection on our current presidential campaign, which deals with corruption, bigotry, megalomania, and the dangers of ignorance and false doctrines. It should be a wake-up call to anyone planning on voting for Donald Trump or who is still on the fence as to whom to vote for.

When Trump's name is mentioned, I think of Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein" talking about "the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind." Or the words of Joseph N. Welch during the Army-McCarthy hearings in the 1950s: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" Or interactions with immature classmates in 7th grade, which often ended with the immortal phrase, "I know you are, but what am I."

The man is a danger to our political system, our governmental institutions and our very way of life. He is ignorant of how government operates, of our laws, and of current events. He does not know the limits of the presidency. He does not have an analytical mind, but relies on gut instincts and preconceived notions.

He does not understand how to engage in reasoned discourse, but just shoots from the hip. He is bigoted, always looking for a scapegoat on whom to blame whatever problem he cannot solve. He is a spoiled, self-important narcissist. He cannot conceive of any intelligent person disagreeing with him or disliking him; if they do, they must be losers. He believes the world owes him, because he is a personality — rich and famous.

Most dangerous of all, Trump is willing to throw anyone and anything — even our most cherished institutions and beliefs — under the bus to further his ambitions. If he loses the election, he threatens a revolution. His greatest threat to our way of life, however, is the casting of doubt on those things we hold most dear: a nation of laws, not of men; a nation where everyone can get a square deal — not just the privileged who can buy their way to the top; a nation that remembers its history — the good and the bad — and the people, both native-born and immigrant, who truly made it and continue to make it great.

Jeff Bradway, Pittsfield


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