As Mr. Trump continues to thumb his nose at congress, the American legal system and the American people, the time is continuing to approach when the ‘Trump’ card will be meaningless. There is no doubt that as President of the United States of America Mr. Trump is an extremely powerful man. It is also extremely unfortunate that, as president – the man who is entrusted with the capacity to wield this enormous power, he exhibits little to no respect for the high office that he holds. Not only is he completely disrespecting this highly esteemed office by dishonoring and, in many cases, ignoring its long-held traditions, but he is also stealing away the long-held visions and dreams of it that all Americans have held and are desperately struggling to hold on to. They are struggling to hold on to these visions and dreams despite this disrespect that must be brought on by Mr. Trump’s complete lack of ability to grasp the understanding of the deep and revered meaning that this great office holds for them.
Even setting aside political differences that exist between Mr. Trump’s supporters and most other American voters, as hard as I try, I still struggle to understand how those who support him can continue to do so in light of all of the negative things about him and his administration that have proven to be true. And these things obviously do not include those negative things that, although they have not yet proven to be true, have more supporting evidence that says that they are true than indicates that they are not.
I am a staunch Democrat and I admit that I am likely more ready to condemn Mr. Trump for his antics than any Republican, supporter or not, might be. But for the life of me I cannot understand why his backers continue to support him when it is all but completely obvious that Mr. Trump, for whatever reasons, is willing to promote the failure of Obamacare with no alternative plan available to replace it and blatantly ignore the negative impact that this would have on the health issues and concerns of the American people. And as if that weren’t bad enough, all indications are that he is willing to sell America out to Russia in order to ingratiate himself to Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.
What has happened to us? What has our country come to when Evangelicals are willing to suspend their principles and religious and moral commitments to God (for, according to some news reports, one election cycle) to achieve their secular goals? Things are changing in America; and unfortunately, they are not changing for the better. I do not know what can or should be done to stem this defection from religious principles to secular expediency by those who espouse their religious beliefs and are children of God. But I certainly hope that America’s ministers and other religious leaders do.
Personality-wise and temperamentally, Mr. Trump is Mr. Trump. He always has been, is now, and likely always will be. But the problem is that he seems to be working hard to make an awful lot of other Americans after his own image; and that is scary! Mr. Trump is an extremely tough and determined man who seems to have the capacity to wear down even the toughest of our elected officials. And they seem to fear him more than they fear the American voters. That, too, is scary! As voters, we must decide whether or not we are going to stand up to Mr. Trump. With his personality and being the narcissistic person that he is, he can completely wear his opponents down. He can drain you!
But the ultimate prize involved in this great controversy is America and American values. Therefore, we must continue to fight no matter how many times that we are knocked down. When we are knocked down, we must get right back up and resume the fight. And so far, Americans have done that. Men and women from around the country – no matter how battle weary they might be, have stepped up to Mr. Trump and congressional Republicans and said an emphatic ‘no’ to their willingness to ignore Americans and their healthcare needs and what appears to be congress’s willingness to stand by and allow America to be sold out to Russia.
Americans, no matter how tired we might get, must continue to do this to show Mr. Trump and his administration that they do not run America and determine her path and future based solely on their vision of the path forward, but instead, that we the American voters must also participate; “We the people” must have our rightful input in this process. There have likely been other times in history when Americans needed to step up and accept and carry out their responsibilities as voters. But there has never before been a Mr. Trump ruling the White House. There has never before been a US president who has shown such a great affinity for strongmen; and especially for one who is our enemy.
It is hard to fathom someone like Mr. Trump as president and, therefore, it is hard, and scary, to imagine where we might end up as a country if Americans and/or congress choose to keep him in office for a full term or more. There has never even been anyone remotely like Mr. Trump in the Oval Office before and I hope that there never will be again. I also hope that his ‘Trump’ cards will immediately be rendered useless via impeachment or, at the very least, when Americans vote in the 2020 election. In essence, it would be a virtual bid of 7-no Trump where Mr. Trump could not use his ‘Trump’ cards to stop America’s efforts to heal herself and then sow his seeds of divisiveness to secure victory for himself.
And if America chooses differently and decides to reelect him , I hope that Mr. Trump will run out of ‘Trump’ cards sooner than later and that even if he does not, our elected officials will stand up to him and choose country over party. Only time will tell how things will work out. Until then, let’s keep fighting! And let’s make sure that the harder he hits us, the more resilient we become and the faster we pop right back up and resume the fight! Hopefully, that will scare the ‘Trump’ out of him and his supporters and he will somehow morph into a man worthy of holding this revered and highly-esteemed office.
Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line