While the conventional wisdom has been that the next revolution would come from the oppressed masses, it seems to have come from the privileged.

Donald Trump has tapped into the growing dissatisfaction with politicians in general, a scurrilous lot judging by media reports, and the not-so-acknowledged fact that American prestige is on the wane. The latter is due to the obvious fact that we have been unable to govern ourselves because of the incalcitrance of the Republicans who, not surprisingly, Trump now represents [“Trump focuses on Clinton as Indiana looms,” News, May 2].

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Democracy is a fragile thing, and his party’s actions have led to a surge of unacknowledged desire for a strong leader — read dictator — a role he relishes. So for all their protestations, Republicans are getting — much to their dismay, and to the incalculable detriment to our country if he is elected — a true leader for the form of government they have secretly coveted for so long.

Richard M. Frauenglass, Huntington