been pretty despondent lately. In a week and a half, not a day has
passed without some poli-drama. The politics of the day is
mean-spirited and divisive. The new president of the United States
is making some people’s lives absolutely impossible. He has
held a prime-time announcement of his Supreme Court choice. Rep. Dan
Donovan (R-NC) makes the most implausible defense, stating Judge Neil
Gorsuch’s support of Trump’s Muslim ban.
administration has me terribly concerned with their animosity toward
dissent. I’m hearing undertones of making legal, Executive
Branch means of punishment of protesters and dissenters of The
Administration’s policies. Is anyone else concerned? It’s
hard for me to accept a legitimacy of this Trump train on fire.
Progressive writers Michael and Margaret Kunstler expressed my
concerns like this, “the right to free speech, the right of
assembly, and the explicit right to express grievances to the
government add up to an expansive right to ‘dissent’
enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Beyond written or spoken words, the
right to dissent is the right of citizens to organize, to associate,
to ensure they are heard in order to achieve political and social
change and oppose government policies without fear of impediment or
us knowing this, how can we accept White House press secretary Sean
Spicer attacking US government employees, by telling them “If
you don’t want to get with the program, you can leave.”
Really? This is some real dictatorial governing. It just doesn’t
comport with the quaint writings of Robert Fulghum’s “All
I Really Need to Know, I Learned In Kindergarten.” It appears
that the Trump team has no intention of governing in a civilized
manner. If that’s the case, then should “we the people”
respond in kind?
also appears to me that Donald Trump thinks that the presidency is
bullet-proof. I forecast that impeachment proceedings will begin
against Trump within two year. His many conflicts of interest and
propensity to act without consultation gives me cause to think so.
He acts as if he thinks he’s too important to follow the rules.
I learned in kindergarten that I and my peers must follow the damned
rules! Robert Fulghum wrote, “You may never have proof of
your importance, but you are more important than you think. There are
always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you
don’t always know who.” Trump seems to not know that I
can do without him.
the past few days, I’ve been left to wonder how I can respect
the office of the president with a man who has proven to be
thoughtless and resistant to study the very thing he must show
excellence in - namely governing the lives of over 360 million human
beings. I’m pressed to reflect on where his knowledge came
from and how that knowledge (if that is an apt term) could possibly
gain my support. Robert Fulghum said, “It wasn’t in
books. It wasn’t in a church. What I needed to know was out
there in the world.” Maybe that’s wisdom, but again, I
have to ask myself, which world did Donald Trump came from? It
damned sure wasn’t mine.
often appears that the new president’s world is a world of
smoke & mirrors—a world of fiction. He’s made up
bogus statistics, non-existent policies and even told the American
people that things existed that didn’t (like the “massive”
crowd that attended his inauguration, or the people he saw on New
Jersey rooftops immediately following the 9/11 attacks).
worse, there are many who are subscribing to the “give him a
chance” camp. I say, he already had a chance—many! Lie
after outrageous lie, garnered him another opportunity for
redemption…of which he was not in the least, interested in.
Even with proof of these many instances of fiction, millions of
Americans are acting like these instances are inconsequential. I
just can’t do it.
think the real question is and should be, will we be subscribers of
his fiction? Whether you like Trump or not, it's demonstrably true
that he says things that are easily proved false, over and over
again. The question the media has regularly confronted is not whether
Trump's facts are correct but whether to say he's deliberately lying
these ten days in the fire of Trump’s administration, people
have been incinerated. The deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates did
what she was sworn to do—uphold the Constitution—and the
new president not only fired her, but berated her on her way out.
President Trump fired Yates over her refusal to comply with his
controversial executive order temporarily banning immigration from
seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the entire U.S.
refugee program. Trump called her “weak on immigration”
and even portrayed her position as “betrayal.” The guy
is all about scorching earth wherever he treads.
think it’s important to remind you that during Yates’
2015 Senate confirmation hearing, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions —
who is now Trump’s yet-to-be-confirmed nominee for attorney
general — grilled Yates on her responsibility to defend the
Constitution and U.S. laws against then-President Barack Obama’s
“unlawful” views. Which side will Jeff Sessions come
down on? Will Trump hate on him too? He’s the president and
his words reveal that if people don’t do what he wants, their
worthless. Robert Fulghum said, “Sticks and stones may break
our bones, but words will break our hearts”
first ten days of Trump’s administration have been painful; not
because of any resistance to change, but because his change has us
re-living terrible times. He’s been executing his executive
orders at lightning speed, but what we know about rushing your tasks
at hand is that some of them will prove to surely be unconstitutional
(laugh, will ya?). A better way to say what I’m trying to say
could be from Robert Fulghum: “Speed and efficiency do not
always increase the quality of life.” Our lives will indeed
need to be quality tested after the next ten days, or at least, by
the next mid-term elections.