I appreciate your kind response. Concerning the comparison of Goering to Trump, I would ask instead to consider two people: one person is a coward and easily manipulated, whereas the other is not only courageous, but highly intelligent. Both are evil…but my point is that “you can’t fix stupid” — stupid is as stupid does, but it’s a completely different matter when it comes to those who are highly intelligent and courageous. Why? Because those who have proven themselves to be intelligent and courageous but who are evil are the worst of all, for they are the most capable when it comes to the commission of their evil.

Trump is stupid and a coward. I really don’t think you’d argue otherwise. Right? Right. He’s a five-time draft-dodger who is easily manipulated by anyone who has power over something he covets, and he repeatedly makes claims like “windmills cause cancer” and “California has fires because they won’t sweep or rake their forests.” Like I said: stupid.

Disclaimer: I very rarely call anyone stupid, for one must be careful not to mistake stupidity for simple ignorance. Trump is the only one I’ve called “stupid” for at least the past decade. But he is stupid.

Goering, on the other hand, was not stupid, and was courageous. He was not just a fighter pilot, but an ace with 22 victories. He was combat-wounded and had been awarded the Iron Cross, first class. And he was very intelligent. Consider Goering’s quote below:

“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

Goering was right. He was as evil as they come, but his statement above is factual and accurate — read that, and then think about what the Republicans and right-wing media have been doing since the 1980’s.

Again, Goering was courageous and highly intelligent. Trump is cowardly and stupid. Perhaps you are right that they are equally evil, but Goering chose the path of evil despite his intelligence and proven courage. That’s why I say he’s more evil than Trump.

In any case, we are very, very lucky that Trump is stupid. Otherwise, he’d already have won.

Written by

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store