Can We Ignore the Truth?

Donald Trump Is Not Well

If your answer is “No, we can not ignore it,” then the next question becomes … is there anything we can do about it?

Of course there is! And it’s summed up in one word … VOTE in the 2020 elections!

As a nation, it is essential that we accept the reality that our current leader has a disordered personality — and it is our democratic duty to ensure this psychologically and morally unfit person does not continue in the role of POTUS.

As the article writer states, “Trump’s psychological impairments are obvious to all who are not willfully blind. On a daily basis we see the president’s chaotic, unstable mind on display.” (Emphasis added)

And then he asks, “Are we supposed to ignore that?”

I think not.

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And Speaking of Hate

From an older (6/29/17) New York Times article by Charles M. Blow. While much of the article content is dated, I believe the following still holds true.

Trump was sent to Washington to strip it of all traces of Obama, to treat the Obama legacy as a historical oddity. Trump’s entire campaign was about undoing what Obama had done.

Indeed, much of what Trump has accomplished — and it hasn’t been much — has been to undo Obama’s accomplishments, like pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate agreement and reversing an Obama-era rule that helped prevent guns from being purchased by certain mentally ill people.

For Trump, even plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act aren’t so much about creating better policy as they are about dismantling Obama’s legacy. The problem with Obamacare isn’t that it hasn’t borne fruit, but rather that it bears Obama’s name.

For Trump, the mark of being a successful president is the degree to which he can expunge Obama’s presidency.

As Blow says earlier in the article, “The whole world seemed to love Obama — and by extension, held America in high regard — but the world loathes Trump.”

And Trump knows it.

I believe it’s this realization that’s behind many of Trump’s actions. He’s trying so hard to accomplish something that will cause people all over the world to look up to him … to admire him … to respect him. But most of all, he wants to erase Obama’s legacy.

No doubt he’ll keep trying and, contrary to what his supporters believe, We the People will be the ones who will suffer in the long run.

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Heaven Forbid! Trump is Upsetting the Evangelicals

A Trump-supporting West Virginia state senator who represents many evangelicals got three phone calls from constituents complaining about Trump’s profanity after a recent rally.

Oh my! It seems the residents of this senator’s district are upset that Trump was “using the Lord’s name in vain” when he …

  • Bragged about bombing Islamic State militants: “they’ll be hit so goddamn hard.”
  • Warned a wealthy businessman: “If you don’t support me, you’re going to be so goddamn poor.”

While it’s not uncommon for Trump to use numerous profanities in his speeches, it seems some of his supporters are more fixated on the off-limits and casual use of the word “goddamn.” 😲

As many of us know, Evangelicals played a key role in Trump’s 2016 win, yet it now seems some of them are growing fatigued with the irreverent language that often seeps into his rallies and official events. Some believers have even threatened to stay home during the 2020 elections rather than vote if Trump “doesn’t tone down the rhetoric.”

Interestingly, although Trump has …

  • Been divorced twice
  • Faced constant allegations of extramarital affairs
  • Previously supported abortion rights
  • Stumbled when trying to discuss the specifics of religion (once saying “two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians”)

… he has maintained broad support from evangelicals, including the unwavering backing of prominent conservative Christian leaders. Even Jerry Falwell, Liberty University President, says he wishes Trump would be a little more careful with his language, “but it’s not anything that’s a dealbreaker and it’s not something we’re going to get morally indignant about.”

Wow.

Although Evangelicals tend to agree with Trump’s social policies, praise his appointment of conservative judges, and extol his commitment to Israel — when it comes to “using the Lord’s name in vain” … gasp! … many draw the line.

They’re also not too happy with his use of “bullshit.” Or saying we should keep radical Islamic terrorists the “hell out of our country,” and that we should throw undocumented immigrants “the hell out.”

And yet … and yet … even though many are appalled at Trump’s irreverence, they continue to support him and are “inclined to extend grace to him” when he swears or makes inappropriate comments.

One can’t help but wonder … where do Evangelicals and other God-fearing individuals draw the line? Are they so certain that Trump is going to usher in a Christian Nation* that it’s O.K. to put aside the standards of their beloved religion for a future utopia?

Then again, as many of us know, Christians have been known to ignore/overlook the teachings of their Leader when it’s convenient for them to do so. Why should it be different this time?

 

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(Material and excerpts for this post came from here.)

*A country that recognizes a form of Christianity as its official religion and often has a state church which is a Christian denomination that supports the government and is supported by the government.

And On and On It Goes


Several bloggers have addressed the topic of the Mueller Report, along with the proceedings that took place on Wednesday, July 24th. Many individuals have offered their thoughts/opinions via comments and other feedback, and while I agree with much of what has been offered, I also disagree with various points.

Rather than visit every source of discussion and offer/repeat my personal take on things, I decided to use this blog to offer some thoughts for your consideration.

  1. I tend to think Mueller was hesitant is his responses because he is/was like many others who are (or have been) serving in this administration. They are AFRAID to step too far out of the circle for fear of reprisal. I’m well aware of Mueller’s esteemed qualifications, but it’s still my personal opinion that tRumpsky wields more power “behind the scenes” than most of us are aware of. In fact, IMO, he is nothing short of a “mob boss,” meaning he has control over a very wide network of individuals who will do his bidding … whatever that may consist of. And if you don’t think he’s made this fact known to those who oppose him, you’re living in Alice’s world.
  2. It’s my opinion that VERY FEW of tRumpsky’s supporters have read the Mueller report. And I would guess only a very small minority actually watched yesterday’s proceedings. Why should they? Their esteemed leader has declared his innocence in any and all matters addressed in the report. And since Faux News has backed this up, that’s good enough for them.
  3. Lastly, while many are advancing the idea of impeachment, I have reservations about the action. Yes, overall, the process itself has merit, but IMO, it will NOT get past the Senate. The Republicans are too firmly in DEBT to “his majesty” to ever force him out of office. And if, as I suspect, he’s taken “off the hook,” I dread to think of the aftereffects many of us will be forced to endure.

Where any of this ends is anyone’s guess. Unfortunately, I tend to think we’re “stuck” with the status quo at least until the 2020 elections. tRumpsky will continue to tweet his lies and nasty insults. He will continue to appoint members to his administration who will do his bidding. He will continue to ruin our reputation among other countries. And he will continue to kiss the butt of those individuals who (as the Mueller Report clearly addressed) helped him win the election.

It’s unfortunate this individual has been able to take advantage of the gullible. But the really sad part is they’re not going to see what he has done to this country (and the world) until it’s too late.