Thursday, January 21, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021
It is imperative that Donald Trump be impeached in order that it be so recorded in history books. There are some people who seek it for vengeance or retribution; but that is not the central issue; It is a matter of consequences.
What we experienced was an insurrection—no greater crime can be committed against an established government. This cannot be swept away or minimized, it is a sacrilege that puts a dark stamp on our history, and its author must suffer consequences.
Trump has lied relentlessly throughout his term of office. He was fact-checked in the media and it made no difference to him and each time, the news went on to other things. But his last ‘Big Lie’ of a rigged election that stole the votes from him—a lie he repeated over and over—incited an insurrection. The Capital was stormed by a raging mob sweeping through it, hunting congressmen, destroying sacred property and inflicting destruction, pain and death.
Throughout his presidency Trump had played loose with laws and established order. He has no respect for truth and made grandiose claims of his superior intellect, exhibited obsessive-compulsive behavior (endless tweets) and is paranoid, claiming that the press and all but his ‘base’ is prejudices against him. Prejudice is defined as: ‘a perceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience’. The strong anti-Trump opinions that came to light were not due to prejudice but to his exhibited attitudes and behaviors—that does not constitute prejudice.
In his earlier trial for unlawful acts and abuse of power, he was impeached by the House but exonerated by a Republican Senate more concerned with retaining power than doing what was right.
What happened January 6, 2021 is too consequential to treat it as ‘another one of Trump’s blunders’. Our nation’s image was damaged as the whole world watched. It would be unjust if the perpetrator of such a heinous crime suffered no consequences.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
I’m not an expert, just a citizen looking at the condition of America’s democracy. Throughout my memory, America was looked up to and admired by most of the world . . . but I now see an unrecognizable America. The man who has occupied the position of president for the past four years had sullied our image. He entered the office ready to withdraw from world treaties, rescind environmental advances made by his predecessor and self-aggrandize at every opportunity. He has fulfilled those objectives. He befriended dictators and alienated allies and in so doing opened the eyes of citizens of other nations—America had lost its shine. No longer a beacon to the world; it would be the laughing stock were it not so serious a calamity.
I ask, “Is there no way to stop the damage he revels in?” There was an impeachment trial following his attempt to manipulate a newly-minted national leader to ‘dig up dirt’ on the man he thought was to be his opponent in the next election. The evidence of malicious intent and abuse of power was overwhelming, but Republicans feared a loss of power. They held the deciding vote—while admitting to impropriety—they insisted that the exact words used to describe his crimes did not match the constitutional words, and thus was he not found guilty. That emboldened him to commit further egregious abuses. He continued to fire qualified people in important positions to replace them with his unqualified financial supporters; make choices for the armed forces that were not supported by the military commanders; continually shout that the honest reporting of our free press was manufacturing ‘fake news’ while he himself was doing just that. For months prior to the 2020 election he repeatedly denigrated our voting system saying it was ‘rigged’, that mail-in ballots were not legal—preparing for himself the means to question the results should he lose.
When he lost the election, he refused to acknowledge that Biden won. Throughout history, even during contentious campaigns and during the worst of times, there has always been a cooperative transfer of power—it is the ‘shining star’ of the democratic process. Only Trump has refused to accept defeat and will not engage in the required transfer process that includes allowing the president-elect into security briefings and access to the financial funding for future planning. He thereby handicaps Biden’s ability to prepare to take the reins of office and this endangers our democracy.
His most shocking offence was to ignore the life-threatening pandemic. He refused to listen to scientific evidence, gave no direction and support for combative measures, and in the weeks before the election he went on a blitz of rallies before huge unmasked crowds providing the opportunity for massive hot-spots of infection. The virus spread explosively. He is indirectly responsible for thousands of Covid deaths.
He has blatantly used executive power to try to nullify the election. He is a megalomaniac, obsessed with his delusion of superiority. He denies reality, holds the paranoid belief that everyone is prejudice and plotting against him—he can’t recognize that it’s not prejudices, but an awareness that he is unfit for the job.
The Founding Fathers could never have imagined a crazy man would one day hold the office of president. Constitutional scholars should begin exploring ways to withdraw decision-making powers from one who has lost touch with reality to prevent such things ever happening again. Our precious democracy has been under assault for four years; may such never occur again.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
The phrase ‘fighting for the soul of America’ has become part of the political battle of the 2020 election. ‘Soul of America’ is used in the Biden campaign and by the Lincoln Project—an American political action committee formed by a number of Republicans in 2019, whose goal is to prevent the reelection of Donald Trump.
That phrase is associated with Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address; he concluded with the plea not to yield to hostile instincts but to act upon ‘the better angels of our nature’. The ‘soul of body politic’ is an ancient philosophical and theological metaphor . . . so with a nod to Lincoln we look at the words more closely.
The soul is where our ‘better angles’ reside. The soul is the incorporeal (without material form or substance) essence of a living being—the seat of reason, character, feelings, consciousness, perceptions and thinking. Its main goal is to seek ‘the good’. In our time we seem to have put a higher value on material things than the essence of the soul—surely Trump does.
A Trump campaign ad mocks Biden’s use of ‘the soul of our nation’ with a video showing conflicts between protesters and police with the words ‘save America’s soul’ and a request to text SOUL to make a campaign contribution. He knows nothing of what is meant by ‘soul’. Donald Trump has stoked fear in our nation with endless lies about our institutions—science & health, the free press, CIA & FBI, the voting process, etc. None of our institutions are perfect but have served us well. We need to ever work to improve them, not tear them down. Biden understands this.
How have we turned from seeking a leader of moral and ethical character, to one who delights in insulting and disparaging people, who lies constantly, who uses his white house position to amass personal gain? One who seeks friendship with dictators while turning away from our allies? One who uses fear and misrepresentation to divert and divide the populace?
Trump is at odds with our nation’s values and its soul is crying out for rescue.
I pray: All of our nation’s noble principles, all of its hopes and dreams, all of the bloodshed and sacrifices . . . cannot be to deliver our nation into the hand of a narcissistic, self-serving megalomaniac. God, hear our prayer.