Thursday, December 10, 2015

Huck Finn for President

George Saunders separates America into either The United States of Huckleberry Finn or The United States of Tom Sawyer based of the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The war between the two has last for quite sometimes but without a doubt America is The United States of Tom Sawyer. America is looked upon as one of the strongest, smartest, wealthiest countries in the world. Of course every American, and possibly some non-Americans could argue that it is the best country in the world, but we American's, are not perfect. With being "the best" their are flaws that come with it. The majority of American's would wish we could be, The United States of Huckleberry Finn. A country filled with people of moral values, who aren't afraid to question what's around them, and believe in the humanity of everyone. It would be a beautiful world if that was the case. For millions of people it is the case, but every Huck has a Tom in hidden inside them and vice versa. When society comes together as a whole, Tom shines through much harsher than Huck ever will.
The United States of Tom Sawyer is a society that assumes, looks out for themselves first (if not only), and the privileged will always be on top because they "deserve it". Donald Trump is a representation of a Tom Sawyer character in our modern world. Donald Trump has been shifting between the number one and number two spot in the Republican Polls for the 2016 Presidential Election. Someone who mimics a handful, if not all of Tom Sawyer characteristics is our possible President. It would be impossible for us to ever reach a country of Huck Finn with Tom Sawyer himself as our leader. Donald Trump claimed that he built what he now has from a "small" loan of one million dollars from his father. That is someone who does not question their advantage against others in life. Trump expresses that if he was in power, that no Syrians and/or Muslims would be allowed in our country because he assumes that a whole race is the same as one group. He has called Mexicans "rapists" from another race assumption. Tom Sawyer and Donald Trump look out for themselves, they assume the worst, are violent and arrogant people, but sadly our society as a whole resembles this as well.

America would truly be the best country if we were The United States of Huck Finn. A fair, likeable, hopeful country is a great country, but to make any progress towards that we need Huck Finn as our President.

1 comment:

  1. You did really well in showing the similarities Donald Trump has to Tom, especially the fact that they both assume things. Your blog post has me thinking: Is it possible to be a United States of Huck? Or is that TOO perfect and too far-fetched of an idea? While it would be nice, I don't think America will ever be capable of reaching a full Huck capacity.