The Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America recently said that he does not have a racist bone in his body. The only way that this can be true is if he is a mollusk: is Mr. Trump a mollusk?! Does he have all of that racist mushy stuff sloshing around inside of an external bony shell that looks human? That’s as scary as what all of the hatred and divisiveness that constantly flows out of his mouth has the potential of doing to America! Mr. Trump is a United States race war looking for an opportunity to happen, he is a war with Iran desperately seeking a reason to explode onto the scene, he is chaos personified and that chaos is yearning to be free to express itself so that all eyes will be on Mr. Donald J. Trump no matter how great the resulting mayhem that follows and resounds far beyond its wake!
Mr. Trump has so many ‘acting’ officials in his administration that they are almost impossible to keep up with and the litany of scandals that have occurred on his watch are almost just as hard to track. Real governance under his watch is at best rare and at worst (hopefully) the punch line of jokes for the late night comedians. None of this seems to bother Mr. Trump in the least and if it has any impact on congressional Republicans, they steadfastly refuse to show it. Their willingness to sell their soul to Mr. Trump followed by their blind loyalty to him is astounding. Once they enter his orbit they are ultimately sucked into some kind of an indescribable black hole and into his control; a control that allows him to manipulate them to the point to where they will do almost anything for him.
A perfect example of how this strange phenomenon works is reflected in the new version of Senator Lindsey Graham. He has morphed into someone who is totally unrecognizable when compared to the man that he was when he was a close associate of the late Senator John McCain. When he was associated with Senator McCain he was a reasonable man who made reasonable decisions. Even when he ran for president in 2016 he called Mr. Trump out as a kook and conman who was unfit to hold the office of president. Now, he is a complete Trump toady who seems to like nothing better than carrying Mr. Trump’s water.
As I continue to watch Mr. Trump and these Republican congressmen it brings to mind a movie that I watched not too long ago called ‘The Best Of Enemies.’ This movie is based on fact and depicts things that actually occurred in Durham, North Carolina and it is playing out in America right now in the way that the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America conducts himself. I am not going to spoil the movie for you by expounding on details in the event that you have not already watched it. But even if you have not already seen it you are likely at least familiar with the events on which it is based that actually occurred in North Carolina. So I am going to try to share my thoughts about it as it relates to the Trump administration without spoiling it for you should you decide to watch it.
In this movie as I picture it, Mr. Trump is the mayor who presided over the city council, the Republican congress members are the city council members, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the council member who represents Ms. Ann Atwater’s district and Senator Lindsey Graham plays the part of the KKK president C.P. Ellis. For those who have already seen the movie, you might not agree with me on who plays the various characters. And for those who have not already seen it – after you watch it – you might not agree with me either. But that does not matter because it does not impact on what my point is. My point is that, under this imaginary scenario, America needs more Republicans in congress with the courage of C. P. Ellis. And she also needs more Americans, particularly our elected government officials – especially those elected officials in Washington, to be willing to regularly and seriously participate in these ‘charrette’ type meetings regardless of what they call them (perhaps bipartisan negotiations?). If you have absolutely no idea of what I am talking about, watch the movie. Then everything will come into focus.
Americans need elected leaders and all other elected government officials who are seeking to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves and their political party; elected officials who are serious about protecting the constitution, governing and keeping America great. This is not something that can be done through hatred and divisiveness but through love and togetherness: we are stronger together! Far too many of us have already willingly journeyed much too far down this rabbit hole and toward the abyss while led by the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America. But those Americans who are concerned about the direction in which America is traveling must not be discouraged and throw up their hands and give up because they feel that we have traveled too far down this path to turn back. We must remember that hope is always present! Hope, change and faith is in our DNA and most if not all of us believe that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Keep the faith! Stay in the fight…and win!
Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line