Rights have always had to be fought for. This is nothing new. A lot of rights have only recently been ceded in the States and I think they'll have to be fought for some more before they become inalienable.
Also, lets be honest with ourselves, we rather enjoy fighting.
I dont know about the murdering id, but in the whole world, the more primitive, ego-centric id has been on the rise, and people like Trump are like facilitators for that. I have seen it happen in Italy with Berlusconi.. when he came to power, people in general got exponentially more rude, more corrupt, more certain that only their own wellness counted, more against any form of respect towards others. The country has suffered a downslide regarding mores which is difficult to understand for anybody who has not lived there from the 80ies to the middle of the 00s.
And that is what is happening about everywhere. As soon as somebody manages to distinguish him- or herself as a potential vehicle for that kind of "liberation" of the more primitive feelings, the general level of mutual respect and care simply goes out of the window.
It is true that there has been and is a level of discontent, but I'd compare that more to a compromised immune system than to an already existing pimple. The populist ogres sow then their poisonous seed into that system, and then the pimples grow. And not always they explode.. often they fester and make the whole system sick without ever working a liberating change. That is still so in Italy.. Berlusconi has gone but his work has made the country very, very sick without (in my opinion) any possibility of social or economical recovery.
I do think Trump is dangerous. People now feel they are license to tell people in the street to "go home" if they are not white. When asked about the Trump protesters, he said "they're professional protesters" Maybe Trump is not like Hitler, but he is going to take the country back 60 years in time, to when people could be openly racist and discriminatory. And China is worried about his plans for trade with them. He's going to do a lot of damage to the country.
The thing about Trump is we just don't know what he's going to do or say next. I understand he's now commending the protesters for their "passion". We saw it in the campaign. One moment he was saying he understood Putin and the next he was saying he knew nothing about him. The man's chaotic.
I have talked about this several times in other places. You're right, the college could name anyone they choose to name as president and there would be nothing illegal about it. They can completely ignore the voters on both sides if they like and pick a random third party-er. If they did that things would get really interesting. Of course if they did choose someone other than the top two choices it would likely be the death knell for the college. They could get by with picking Mrs Clinton though especially if those last three states turned up a few more votes in her favor.
Politicians will generally travel as far over the line as the public will allow them to and in the states the best way to get eliminate a protest is to ignore it entirely. That may seem unfair to those whose property the protestors destroy but generally the police will then quietly go arrest them one by one a week or so later armed with security camera footage and the names gathered by protestor "plants" during the protest. They quietly arrest the leaders one by one charging them with mostly unrelated crimes, because let's face it, If you're willing to smash cars, block streets, torch businesses etc you are probably not walking around with a clean slate in your day to day life either. Even at it's worst the rioting always calms eventually and things find a new center. We've been down this road many times before.
The id of America in 2016 is less murderous than the id of Germany in the post-war years.
I wouldn't say that. Their battleground only is no whole continent at once, they're scattered all around the world and a lot of conquering shit gets done by so-called soft power methods. Plus, add the amount of time. Korea, Vietnam - it's all been a while ago and never since then America's been without a war.
Trump isn't Hitler.
This is correct and it is correct because of the following: If Trump is such a figure, his trick would look differently than Adolf's. If he tried to do the same trick like this famous Austrian back then, he wouldn't even win a flower pot. People can and must be turned into this direction by something out of their time. - And just as it is, the time when things happen, you never realize clearly you're just in this what later turns out to be one of the most perverted events that has ever happened in the history of mankind.
I suspect he's going to have a bit of a shock when it turns out it's not quite like The Apprentice. Probably all sorts of things he can't just do, the way a tyrannical CEO would.
I'm inclined to agree with your view that he will exhibit some randomness and may be less extreme than his campaign. Let's hope. But will the more rabid of his supporters be satisfied with that? It sounds as if a wave of hate crime has been set off in the US, rather like that here after the referendum.
I wish he'd use the weight of the office that is going to be his to tell the haters to back down and stop daubing swastikas on walls and harrassing women in hijabs because it's really not cool. They might take it from him. He could do so much good right now if he set his mind to it.