Political views are the secular manifestation of personal and spiritual values, in other words, the very core of who a person is. I can’t imagine why I would want to spend time with someone who opposes everything I believe in or care for.
We need to surround ourselves with people that nurture what is positive. I once knew a man who was a friend until I saw him kick a dog. I have no time or patience for that kind of person. I see a man around town from time to time who physically assaulted, bruised, a woman who is a dear friend of mine. I avoid him like the plague.
I feel the same way about people who think it’s a good idea to tear children from their mothers, even nursing babies, and warehouse them in a vacant Wal-Mart. I have no time or patience for these people who seek to shred all that is decent about our society. Fuck Trump and all the Trumpateers who follow him. They’re dog kickers, baby thieves, every one.
There are those who say my position is typical of the “intolerant left.” But how do you tolerate dog kickers, wife beaters, or baby thieves? Worse, how could anyone support a president whose henchmen rip crying children from the arms of their mothers? Am I to tolerate that philosophy, that approach toward obtaining legislative bargaining chips? A couple of ICE employees have quit their jobs, or at least one that I have read about. The others, I presume, are – what – good workers? I cannot comprehend how they can do that without vomiting. How do they sleep?
It seems to me that the road to the Holocaust was paved with tolerance. That era has been described as a time when a third of the German population was willing to kill a third of the population while the remaining third did nothing. That, in such times, is the fruit of tolerance.
Occasionally, an article or comment passes by that asks or claims that this thing or the other is a “distraction” from some other thing that President Trump or Congressional Republicans are doing, from some other really bad thing they don’t want you to notice. That may be. I don’t know.
But sometimes something comes along that is so impeachably egregious it makes my head spin. But we seem so distracted by other things. It doesn’t matter which things are the distractions; just look at today’s headlines or watch network evening news.
Paul Krugman in the New York Times very well explained the offense I want you to consider with me:
• Recently, President Trump twittered/tweeted (I hate both words) that he was lifting trade sanctions levied upon ZTE—a telecommunications company sponsored by the Peoples Republic of China—because, he suggested, he held immense compassion for Chinese workers. ZTE had been sanctioned by the United States Department of Commerce, in compliance with earlier Trump fiat, because ZTE supplied North Korea and Iran with products and services. These products and services, by the way, included technologies illegally lifted from United States based companies. The declared basis for the suddenly expired sanctions: national security.
• Almost coincident with Trump’s elimination of the trade sanctions against ZTE the Peoples Republic of China invested a half-billion dollars in a Trump Company project in Indonesia!
Bada bing! Your/our President is selling national security. He’s also protecting Chinese investors and workers. Anything he’s told you about making America great again is baloney. The White House has become a profit center for the Trump Company.
This leads to my insight for the day, the reason I wanted you to read this. The entire Trump administration is a distraction from what the Trump Company is up to. Public policy has become the side show.
What confounds me is that, even though these actions and transactions are public knowledge, nothing is happening. Every American should be shocked that our foreign policy is being sold to make money for the President.