Years go the public ridiculed then Vice-President Dan Quayle for being stupid because he misspelled potato (resulting in many believing his poor intellect disqualified him to be POTUS).
(See: www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1992/06/21/why-quayles-potatoe-gaffe-wont-fade/b7eecf20-d43f-4781-ab46-9a865df08b58/). Now we have a president that can mis-spell the entire English language and some Americans will claim that his "version" of spelling is correct and anyone who says it isn't somehow is "less American" for pointing mistakes out. When FDR resided in the White house, he admitted he did not know everything he would need to know in order to pull our country out of the malaise of the Great Depression. He famously said he would try many alternatives until he found those that would be effective. Harry Truman followed his presidency with the mantra that the "Buck Stops Here", meaning he took personal responsibility for whatever goes wrong in his administration because he is the man at the top. And then we have Mr. Trump. A man that can not accept blame for anything he does wrong and then demands everyone beneath him either change their positions to come into agreement with his wrong headed notions or face vengeful consequences. So much for ANY responsibility at Trump's desk. It's always someone else's fault. Yet, his supporters blindly follow his misdirection and lies as if they are heaven sent. It appears more and more likely that Mr. Putin sent them instead of heaven - but you know - "Russia is a hoax the Dems projected for being sore losers in 2016!" Except Russia did interfere with our elections. They did hack county Board of elections in Florida and elsewhere. To claim they didn't change any votes without fully investigating what they did actually accomplish is insane. And to refuse to provide further election security to our voting machines reflects a total disregard to our government's sovereignty - safe and secure, free and open elections. (See: www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/florida-election-hacking-desantis.html).
Last week I had a "discussion" on social media with Trump supporters. They are very sensitive to being labeled "Racists" because "labels are often not true and are unfair", all the while they actively label anyone they disagree with as "Leftists, Socialists and haters of America." Seems like being labeled a "racist" is more damaging than being labeled a "traitor?" Anyway, the discussion fell apart when I pointed out that Trump has actually accomplished very little as president (at least accomplished positive things) and I was not met with a counter-argument; I was met instead with a simple shoulder-shrugged induced "Well, we like the direction America is going under Trump." But what direction is that? One that includes accelerating climate degradation by eliminating species protections? Eliminating clean air and water regulations? Expanding the "swamp" with corruption not seen since the Harding presidency (See Tea Pot Dome). Racial divide, criminal injustice, attacking the judiciary when decisions are not "approved" by Trump and eliminating the oversight role guaranteed by the Constitution in favor of authoritarian rule? These same people demand loyalty to the military, yet turn a blind eye when Trump eviscerates their funding in favor of a Wall no one needs but his ego and his frenzied supporter's jingoistic and xenophobic dreams. (See: www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/us/politics/pentagon-border-wall.html).
And now we see the racism extend to the people of the Bahamas devastated by Dorian. In order to come to America, one must have a VISA - except where should one obtain such a visa in a country with areas completely wiped out. No electricity, running water, shelter but you must magically produce a Visa to enter the land of the Brave and free? The reason? According to Trump, "I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States — including some very bad people and very bad gang members." (www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/09/09/bahamas-survivors-visa-ferry-stranded-cpb/).
On top of this nonsense? Trump seemingly has encouraged our military to go way out of their way to stay at his property in Scotland. In fact, he has also directed the military to purchase fuel at commercial rates at private airports he personally supports What? (See: www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/air-force-reviews-all-layovers-after-crew-stayed-trump-s-n1051296). And when the Democrats dare to call for an investigation? The GOP sits on their hands with their mouths taped shut. All of this from the same folks that held 8 hearings on Clinton and Benghazi - only to silently declare "other failings" caused the tragedy (like the terrorists themselves and the Ambassador's refusal to follow orders to stay put in our actual embassy far from Benghazi).
We are now heading into the stretch towards the 2020 elections. I pray that Trump and "Trumpism" is soundly defeated. In doing so, I also hope the many that cast aside their thinking skills in favor of Trump crawl back into their hole of hypocrisy. As George Washington once said; "All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests." Let the countdown to 2020 begin and let the Trumpians then crawl back under the rocks from whence they came.
Never Forget 9/11! Have a great week!