Exactly like they worked in prewar Germany.
I can’t stand this anymore.
By nature, I’m an optimist, always apt to see the glass half full. By inclination, I invariably tune in to people’s best qualities.
Yet every morning, on nearly every page of the newspaper, I find our president lying to his fellow Americans. Or effusively praising a foreign dictator (most of whom feel free to murder their own people), while alienating the leaders of decent, Democratic countries. Or abrogating worthwhile treaties, like the Paris Accord and the Iran agreement. Or proposing tariffs that will eventually harm American businesses.
Or I look at television news. And there he is again, telling the world, “I don’t like seeing children taken from their parents. It’s the fault of Democrats, it’s a Democratic law,” when in truth there IS NO LAW—Democratic or otherwise. (There’s only bible-quoting Jeff Sessions). Trump declares, “Manafort only worked for me a short time—maybe 49 days,” when in truth Manafort (now jailed), was the president’s campaign manager for at least four months, maybe five, and was given high praise by Trump on the campaign trail. Or Trump says of outright cheater, Scott Pruitt, “He’s doing a helluva job.” (While Pruitt dismantles every U.S. safeguard against dirty air and water.)
I go to my computer—and some 25-to-50 messages tell me that half our Congressmen support this guy, (and/or the NRA,), and while none will lift a finger to stop the yearly gun deaths of 36,000 Americans, neither will they permit a Congressional vote which might confront or disturb our Machiavellian leader.
Sometimes I imagine I must be crazy: Nobody can think Trump is a good president. But people do. Polls declare that 90% of Republicans think he’s just fine.
I know what family and friends will say: If Trump is upsetting you so much, stop reading about him. Stop thinking about him. What they really mean is, Stop Living.
I can’t do this, because Trump is everywhere. We can’t stop talking about him, lest we get so complacent we hand him our country . . . meaning we stop fighting, no longer push back—until, like Hitler, he and his cronies obliterate America’s long-standing laws, traditions, and institutions. Until lying becomes our everyday discourse.
No matter how few are still listening, I, for one, will never give in to this monster who presumes to be president. Every so often I’m driven to say what needs to be said.