Messages from the President
January 12, 2018: The Death of Decency
Posted on January 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM
We have sunk to a new low. When the current occupant of the White House debases us on a daily basis and Republicans surrounding him don’t mutter a single dissenting protest – we know then that values and courage have no place in their America. It is all about maintaining the power dynamic.
President Trump’s word’s, uttered during a discussion on protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” demonstrates the depths to which our elected leaders have sunk. Human dignity, acceptance, tolerance, empathy, consideration, fairness, justice, equality – these are all concepts that have become superfluous in this crude discourse of Lilliputian minds. He voices base sentiments, his Republican colleagues give tacit approval by their deafening silence, his morally bankrupt spokespersons present a shameless defense, and the moral fabric of our nation gets ripped even further.
This remark is consistent with other Trump comments – Mexico must be reviled because it sends us “rapists” and “criminals.” Sen. John McCain’s military service must be derided, a judge must be impugned because of his Mexican heritage, our first black President’s citizenship must be questioned, as must the motives of a Muslim Gold Star family. Equally reprehensible was equating white supremacists with protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.
What will this President NOT do to advance his political power among his base? And what is the moral obligation of the silent majority witnessing this horror-show of a presidency? That is a question that this nation needs to answer. One way would be to cut down on the unfettered power wielded by a Republican Congress and White House this fall. Throw the creeps out in November! Bring in diversity. Elect women and representatives of various hues, cultures, and faiths so this nation’s rich tapestry can be displayed in all its glory. We do not have to endure this indignity in silence. Let the scream of protest find voice in the voting booth.