Don’t Wear Out Your Welcome, Mr. Trump
We all travel through life with colorful American idioms and arcane phrases from our ancestors. In the realm of music, the late, great singer Kenny Rogers reminded us that, You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away.” The maxim of this brilliant song is full of wonderful wisdom. When things are bad, cut your losses and move on.
My mother had a sage phrase that warned us not to be a burden on the families we visited, “Let’s not wear out our welcome.” When hearing those words we knew, in no uncertain terms, to pack our bags because it was time for us to leave!
I’m not a person who readily or easily quotes the Holy Bible, but there are times I find something there that is perfectly in-tune with the times. Here’s a tiny gem that fits seamlessly into where we find ourselves today and, without too much of a stretch, easily applies to Donald John Trump.
It’s from Proverbs 25:17-19: “Don’t wear out your welcome by staying too long at the home of your friends, or they may get fed up with always having you there and wish you hadn’t come. Lying about and slandering people are as bad as hitting them with a club, or wounding them with an arrow, or stabbing them with a sword. You can’t depend on an unreliable person when you really need help. It can be compared to biting down on an abscessed tooth or walking with a sprained ankle.” You know, I always liked that strong Hebrew language.
Although those words originated around 700 BC, they really ring the bell, and that bell is more than an inducement to change class. It’s a piercing proclamation that we are about to transition to a new administration. According to CNBC, “General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy on Monday told President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is making federal resources available for his transition into office. The notice arrived in a letter from Murphy, who for weeks after the election withheld her ascertainment of Joe Biden’s electoral victory. It was revealed just minutes before President Donald Trump tweeted that he approved of the move.”
May I be snarky here? Trump couldn’t just let it go and allow Murphy’s letter stand on its merit? Portions of Donald‘s tweet were less than convincing, “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols and have told my team to do the same.”
REALLY? He admitted that he kept her from doing her job by starting the transition because she didn’t move forward until he recommended that she do so. The contention in Ms. Murphy’s letter that no one influenced her decision or actions is PURE BULLSHIT, just like most of what has happened in our country over the last four years.
I am almost certain that Ms. Murphy will eventually get a six-figure job from a loyal Trump friendly corporation, but really, why did she act so irresponsibly? She endangered the nation’s security and slowed the normal process of government. In any other situation, she would have been fired for wearing out her welcome.
Let me urge everyone to focus on these words from our oversized orange pumpkin of a president, “harassed, threatened, and abused.” That is exactly what Donald Trump has done all his life, and it must stop now. When this man is no longer protected by the shield of Presidential immunity, the lawsuits will fly. He will not be able to restrain himself and all of his tweets will stand as evidence of his abuse, defamation, harassment and threats that will be used against him by the plaintiffs.
Trump will never admit that he lost the election. He will claim to have been forced out of office by a secret cabal of “deep-state” operatives, and will urge his fake army to keep waving those flags. I am reminded of UK’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when she was forced out by her own party. After serving eleven years she reportedly remarked, “…but we’ve made so much progress and I wanted to stay on to get the job done.” Those are the words of a politician who lost their job because they fell in love with power more than people. They hold a firm belief that no one else could possibly finish their work and anyone trying will face certain failure.
We are lucky to live in a country where the people have a vote and there are term-limits on top officials. Let’s all recognize the amazing mandate of the new guy. As I write, Joe Biden has received 51.1% of the popular vote, which adds up to 79,887,852 people. While Donald Trump claims a “loyal base” voted his “landslide” win, it’s not a majority in any way. Trump received 73,815,488 votes, which represents only 47.2% of the ballots cast. Biden won by 4%, This time around the pollsters were right!
No one will remember the GSA’s Emily Murphy or her small effort to gum up the gears of progress, except, perhaps, the bagboy at my grocery store. He’s an astute young man who is very opinionated about Trump, “He’s acting like a sore loser.” Yes, here again the 45th President is playing the martyr card because he knows millions of people don’t like him. He needs his “blanky.”
Let’s end today with more of Kenny Roger’s lyrics, “You never count your money, When you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin,’ When the dealin’s done, You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em…” DONALD TRUMP, it’s time for you to leave the table and go home. You are THE GREATEST LOSER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!
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