Nuke launcher?

3. He is untrustworthy, and the stakes could not be higher

The human race has managed to go for 75 years without using nuclear bombs on one another. Yet today, nearly three decades after the breakup of the USSR, the United States still has over 6,000 nuclear weapons. That is a much higher number than would be required to kill billions of humans, end civilization as we know it, and doom survivors to an array of afflictions and early deaths from the effects of radiation and indirect causes such as famine and disease. Even a relatively small nuclear strike, limited to one site or city, could lead to mass destruction from conventional weapons in the short run before going on to wreak havoc for years. Individuals may disagree over the value of nukes as a deterrent, but everyone in their right mind agrees: we really, really don’t want a nuclear war.

Like the several other nations with nuclear strike capability, the U.S. has strict protocols to prevent accidental launches of our nuclear arsenal. The safeguards aren’t foolproof, but they are in place and have worked thus far. It is unclear, though, what preventive measures would protect the world from an intentional launch. In this country, there is a grand total of one person with the authority to order a nuclear strike: it is the president. We can hope that various subordinates, civilian and military, would balk at carrying out such an order. The uncomfortable fact remains, however, that we do not know what they would do.

The man now holding the title of president has a potentially lethal combination of characteristics. He is emotionally immature and impatient, prone to fits of temper, and lacks self-control. He cares about himself to the exclusion of anyone and anything else, has only the most superficial understanding of science, and has a tendency to pursue grandiose schemes that add to his notoriety. This makes him a disaster waiting to happen on several fronts, but on the nuclear front, the stakes are simply too high. Now that we’ve seen that the reality of holding high office hasn’t moderated his temperament, we must conclude that another four years of DT with access to the launch codes is too risky a thing. Since he cannot be trusted to make even the slightest effort to shield his own supporters from a deadly virus, how can he be trusted not to wage a nuclear war? A scary thought, but it is Halloween.

Coming down to the wire

Election Day is just around the corner, and this blog series has only two more installments to come. Fifty reasons…it could have been double that. No one who has been paying the slightest attention for the past four years can have failed to realize the breadth and depth of DT’s depravity. Still, it is quite something to delve methodically into the particulars every day, if nothing else, to give one an appreciation for how amazingly wonderful it will be to see this contemptible bigot walk out of the White House for the last time. Let us pray that happens in January, with definitive news of it next week.