Make America Hate Again: A Trumped-up Memo From Bibi

Dear Donald: I can't come out with this publicly, but you're my man. Take it from Mr. Adelson, if you take nothing else from him: It's not democracy that makes countries great and leaders last. It's power.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, March 5, 2016.
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Benjamin Netanyahu                                                            
Prime Minister's Office, 3 Kaplan Street, Jerusalem 91950

Dear Donald,

This is, as you will surely understand, just between us.

I can't come out with this publicly, nor with Mr. Adelson, nor Mrs. Adelson. Nor, for that matter, with the residents of Judea and Samaria. Nor with, for example, Caroline Glick.

But you're my man.

Let me first congratulate you. You've demonstrated the immense accomplishments one man can achieve, in the face of a murderously hostile news media, a coldly unsympathetic, hidebound party establishment, and a condescending, doctrinaire leftist intellectual elite.

You've galvanized a base which is, in our own terms here, selah kiyumainu – the rock on which your nation's very existence was built. You have given voice and gesture to a base which feels passed over, ignored, deprecated, and profoundly threatened.

And you've done it without any of them noticing or caring about your record of nepotism, frequent failure, obvious demagoguery and dramatically erratic performance.

They adore you. Milk it. Be their voice.

It is a voice which says, "We came a long way to run this country, and we're not about to let somebody else – somebody with rags on his head and jihad in his heart – take it away from us."

It is a voice which says "You can love the United States but hate to death its [Do not mention skin color here] President's very guts.'"

It is a voice which says, "This land is my land, these guns are my guns, this wall is my wall, these rights are my rights." It's a voice which says, "Even if, when my grandparents came here as immigrants, they were treated like dirt – Well, by God, I'm in power now, don't you forget it, and I'm not about to let anyone else have a piece of it."

Having said that, Donald, I'm worried for you.

It's not that Ted Cruz may be eroding your commanding lead, and that your own party is trying its gol'darnest to undermine you.

Here's one cause for concern: People are starting to wake up to how this all works. How it's worked for me, on and off for 20 years now, and how it's working for you.

Although you understand casino gambling and the power of racism and xenophobia and cults of personality, there's more to learn about governance than these factors alone.

Here's a good place to start: Writer Amanda Taub's comprehensive article on the Vox.com website titled "The Rise of American Authoritarianism."

Take it from me – the author knows what she's talking about.

Summarizing recent opinion survey research on the kinds of people who tend to vote for you – and, by the way, on the kinds of people here who vote for me - she wrote that:

"People who score high in authoritarianism [characterized by a desire for order and fear of outsiders], when they feel threatened, look for strong leaders who promise to take whatever action necessary to protect them from outsiders and prevent the changes they fear."

Here's another reason for worry: In my experience, once you've energized and unleashed your people, you may not be able to control them. In time, where extreme believers and fringe fanatics are concerned, you may find yourself in a position where they are leading you.

If you come to power, so will they. And let me tell you from personal experience, once you bring them in, they may take you hostage.

Just remember: No matter how terrifying you are, some of the people who support you are potentially scarier by far. 

So far, using the model of my policies as a proving ground for your campaign, you've done superbly well.

But you can never let up. Over time, your policies will have a trickle-down effect which you can turn to your direct advantage. Just look at what years and years in power, seasoned with incendiary sound bites, have done for me: "Groundbreaking Survey – Pew: Almost Half of Israeli Jews Back Transfer or Expulsion of Israeli Arabs."

To sum up: On your way up, and certainly once you're there, make certain to efficiently sideline or eliminate anyone who rivals your leadership or erodes your lock on power.

Take it from Mr. Adelson, if you take nothing else from him: It's not democracy that makes countries great and leaders last. It's power.

You didn't hear this from me, but:

Go for it, Donald. Follow my path. Build the base. Enshrine your legacy. Make America Hate Again. 

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