Since 2016 American lives have been in an upheaval. From the time the current president’s name showed up as a Republican presidential nominee, the idea of Trump being our Commander in Chief was laughable. Until, of course, it became a reality.
Cable News channels rarely viewed on our TV in the past, have made it to the “favorites” list of channels now watched in my house. It is unbelievable the “Breaking News” that seemingly “breaks” literally every minute of every hour, every day. POTUS #45 is known for patting his own back boasting about anything from his inauguration crowds, to the signing of various proclamations as “biggest, hugest, never-before done” while often stating false facts. He has launched insults on leaders of countries, typically not supported by the U. S., to the point of concern that our land could be recipients of weapons of mass destruction. But he is not without insults to allies as well, launching rude remarks toward leaders of England, Canada and especially Mexico. ”Build the wall” an ongoing chant of Trump meant to exclude anyone from coming in…hanging a child’s “keep out” sign on our door signaling others that they are not welcome. Although, his favorite twist of words thrown at our free press, “fake news” and “enemy of the people”, come across to my ears as truly “fake news”. You can fact check Trump to find his venomous spew to be mostly false. http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/
What surprises me as much as our unpresidential president that American citizens who would be aghast at such immature, racist, bigoted, idiotic behavior from anyone, let alone POTUS, appear to attempt to normalize his bullying rhetoric, his insults about important dignitaries, excusing it with, “but he’s making good changes”…is he? Or they say things like, “I’d vote for Trump over Hillary” and we should all know by now that train pulled out long ago. HE is in Office now and we, the people, must deal with his misconduct and not merely pass it off as his way or try to put blame on anyone else. He has gotten us into a mess and any member of his base or who voted him into Office has got to own up to this travesty. Let me know how your health plan is going.
The man “Tweets” his presidential opinions which then appear as loosely written policy having not gone through proper channels for such and causing major chaos in airports, deportations of non citizens, child abductions on our southern borders and the list goes on. His Tweets on all issues from immigration and the need of “the wall”, to name-calling world leaders can only be compared to that of a middle school boy, although such description is an insult to all middle school boys. This president is an insult to our democracy, a treasonous menace to our country and should be removed from office.
Recently, an article https://johnpavlovitz.com/2018/04/04/trump-supporting-friend-this-really-isnt-about-donald-trump/ caught my eye on Facebook. Normally, I don’t put a lot of stock in articles shared on Facebook unless its source is reputable. But this one, an opinion piece for sure, rang close to my personal thoughts about Trump. Source: Stuff That Needs To Be Said is a blog written by John Pavlovitz. His article, however, touched the core of what so much of what I hear and read about the POTUS’ actions, retorts, indecisiveness on extremely important matters, is causing anxiety and disgust on my part with his presidency.
Trump-Supporting Friend—This Really isn’t About Donald Trump
APRIL 4, 2018 / JOHN PAVLOVITZ.
John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina
Another article https://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/07/26/when-your-president-is-a-cancer/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=johnpavlovitz from the same author written a year ago now, still rings true. Trump is a cancer to America. It is disturbing for me to watch him destroy policies, protocol, procedures, diplomacy, care of American people and America’s foreign reputation. Even just as disturbing for me are the people I know personally who will stand up for this administration (or maybe it’s the GOP they stand up for) the politicians he endorses or worse beliefs in his prejudices. As much as I trust my friends, acquaintances or people of influence on Facebook, sometimes their opinions as Republicans are quite unsettling. As a Christian who is Democrat, I find many of their viewpoints to be antiquated held by persons of whom “change” has no meaning.
I’ve read comments by people on social media that seem to convey a lack of empathy for people of color, poverty, mental illness, or women who find themselves pregnant not by choice, immigrants harassed or harmed by evil people in their own countries. Those making remarks, many of whom are Christians, do not appear to remember that the “steadfast love of the Lord…is new every morning”. I do not believe the treatment by our current president and his administration of the “tired and poor” seeking asylum in America is what Jesus would do.
Why are we standing for human abuse on our southern borders? Children, babies are being taken from the only adult safety net they have ever known at the border. Some unjustly as they followed the rules yet were still arrested. Even though others came crossed the border illegally, that should infer their desperation to get their children and selves away from the menacing cartels in their home countries; risking all they have for refuse and safety. Who could blame them? If it were me, I’d do the same thing under such disparaging conditions. Heaven forbid I should ever be in that condition! Why is this president and his base so uncaring and hostile to children and parents fleeing to better lives? Is it their fault they were put in this uncomfortable situation? Uncomfortable may seem a trite term for their horrid dilemma, but thinking about the comforts my own children and grandchildren makes my heart ache for these unfortunate, innocent children. They don’t have the comfortable surroundings of family or home to relax, for there are harmful people threatening to destroy their world. For many the destruction came though murder, deceit and evil empowerment over their lives. Those seeking asylum are not privileged to vacations on a beach or to a leisurely wake-up to breakfast most mornings. In many cases food nourishment throughout their day is limited. Terrifically uncomfortable! I shudder to imagine children and babies crying for the familiar voices of mothers, the touch of loving fathers or the comfort of food in their bellies while falling asleep in a safe place where they can just to be. Yes…I am aware of what some might rebut on this issue claiming, “…the kids in detention centers are being fed well and have a place to sleep”. Perhaps true, however, does that replace being with their parents or family members at such tender ages? It is my guess that given the choice of pizza or family, they’d choose family.
Many American ideals has been upturned over the past year that the mind boggles by all that’s continuing to happen in in the USA. The entirety of Trump’s term in office so far has turned upside down rules of humanity, benefits, and well-being of a nation who once prided themselves on being the “land of the free, home of the brave”. As a grade school student I remember learning that America was referred to as, “the melting pot” because her population was made up of people from all other nations “melting” together as in a “pot”. That would require mixing, blending and melding into one nation. As far as I know, the only true Americans, native to our land, are the American Indians. They are the only true race with the right to claim true citizenship. And look what we did to them. Shameful! All others, our ancestors, came to this country to find freedom, sanctuary, land, homes, opportunity and a safe haven of rest for their families to live out their lives. Of course, history also teaches of wars, unrest, and fighting within borders between brother countrymen. To our shame, have we not evolved very much since the Civil War. Why have we not risen above the ashes of hatred, bigotry and selfishness? It would not appear Americans still have much learn about love and human kindness.
My international travels are extremely limited, but if I were to travel abroad today, I think I would be very careful, guarded even, as to how I represent America in a foreign land. For now, America is in “time out” by other countries as our president has been allowed by Congress to misbehave. He has turned the American dreams of aliens coming to our country into disappointment compounded by mistreatment. As one immigrant advised others coming from Central America seeking asylum only to have her young children taken from her arms and transported thousands of miles away, “don’t come to America”. That’s not the plea written on the base of Lady Liberty.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
They are not “Coming to America” anymore with eagerness. Are you happy, Trump? You did this. Your “base” did this to our country. Please, people of reason, Make America Normal Again.