If Only He Could Understand the Truth
Our president has many challenges on his hands. He will be raked over the coals for the rest of his life about his lack of quick and decisive action on the COVID-19 crisis. Trump’s reactions, rhetoric and repulsive threats at the George Floyd protesters will push away any support he might have with African American voters. He’s sounding more like George Wallace or Richard Nixon than a clown-reality TV star.
Moderate, suburban women don’t like the violent references and chauvinistic tone of the Trump tweets. He will never be able to bring those college educated voters back into his camp. Along with the economy’s long trip back from the brink, which will not happen before the upcoming presidential election, the 45th President will never have the right answers. The Donald doesn’t have the mind or skill to unite a country. As time goes on, the questions from legislatures, voters and reporters will get more critical. I wonder if his mind is capable of having this conversation with his ego, “Gee, maybe I am a racist.”
As of this day, the coronavirus has taken more than 104,000 people from the United States, but the TV news today is all about protesters and fires and looting and inner-city destruction. Will Donald Trump once again take no responsibility? To be fair, here’s a quote from the Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan, “But the seeds of that long day were planted years ago: The press has been attacked and disparaged by politicians for decades, whenever they found it served their purposes to slap around the ‘nattering nabobs of negativism’ as Richard Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew, once put it. So no, Trump didn’t start this. But he has made it immeasurably worse.”
There must be a political playbook enclosed in glass on the wall of the Oval Office with a sign that says, “In case of populous protests, BREAK GLASS!” We are hearing the same words of the White-House-past coming out of the mind of its present resident. Blame some mysterious outside force? For the life of me, I have no idea why the home addresses of protesters have anything to do with this; they are all Americans. People sometimes travel 3,000 miles to see their favorite sports teams play. Why would Americans traveling to another city to protest police actions of injustice and brutality have anything to do with solving the problem? Us Boomers already know that stunt; it’s classic tricky Dick Nixon.
Sadly, the acidic source of this current rumor came from local sources, the Minnesota Governor and Mayors of the Twin Cities, who were duped by bad data which showed some of those arrested were not from the area. In fact, the protesters were local people. Why does anyone find that unbelievable? I’ll bet, however, we will hear that lie again and again on Fox TV.
When protesters marched outside the White House last Friday night, Trump was quick to use harsh language, threats of violence and warnings about guard dogs to ward off the danger. Oh, how pro-segregation of him! When confronted by reporters about his “looting – shooting” reference, he said he didn’t know where that phrase came from, but deep down inside he knew he went too far. Once again, we see proof that people who disagree with this president make him nervous. He respects only the part of the Constitution that gives us guns, not the part that gives us a voice and a right to protest. By the way, it’s against the law to use the US Military against citizens of this country. Hopefully, someone will point this out to Donald John Trump.
A REAL LEADER WOULD HELP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. If Trump hadn’t treated Barack Obama so poorly over the years, he could’ve picked up the phone, asked Obama to fly to Minneapolis and do a speech on big street screens to quell the violence and suggest some remedies for the pain in the Black community. Trump can’t and won’t use that resource. Obama put out his own message, but we truly need a message of political unity right now. Won’t happen.
Here’s the real problem, Trump doesn’t have many African American advisors. Yes, Ben Carson holds a place in Trump’s cabinet, but his is not exactly the kind of pro-Black voice needed. Carson claimed that providing a safety net for minorities and unemployed Americans is a bad idea, “That’s not helping those people, and all that you have to do is look what’s happened since the Great Society programs of Lyndon Johnson. We’ve spent $19 trillion and we have 10 times more people on food stamps, more people in poverty, more broken homes, out of wedlock births, crime, incarceration. Everything is not only worse, it’s much worse.” The most disturbing part of that misconception was his use of the words, “…those people.” There’s no credible person in this administration who will be believed by the African American community.
The letter I would write would be a short one, because that’s the only kind of letter that will work with Trump. Let me give it a try:
Dear Mr. Trump,
Since you became President, you have been saying how you, and you alone, can fix the problems of the United States. Some of those problems, were exaggerations and just part of your political pitch, but when do you graduate? If you think you can solve all problems yourself, why not start NOW?
When do you become the President of all the people of this great country? Kanye West doesn’t represent the African American experience and neither do the anarchists who would rather burn things down than get things done. It’s time for you to take a good hard look at the realities and the challenges, STOP LYING and START LEADING!
You cannot just arrest everyone or shoot everyone or stay in your ideological cocoon. You must step forward, and present solutions to discrimination and lack of equality in America. The poor need to be helped, the sick need to be healed and the voters need to know you can handle the job. Stop making it worse.
Donald Trump is out of sync with his fake announcement that he will get involved with the investigation of a police officer killing an unarmed black man. It’s his bullshit attempt to have it both ways. He wants to throw a few bones of sympathy to the Black community, while continually encouraging the violent tactics of police. Trump is so much like Nixon it makes me want to throw up. His attempt to play both sides can be best summed up with this one infamous line from the Charlottesville incident, “…you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”
When Trump was asked recently about COVID-19 advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci, he once again used the “both sides” reference. Trump said that Fauci, “wants to play all sides of the equation.” Trump sees everything that is said about him or his actions as taking a side. He cannot bring people together because he holds a core philosophy that people are either for him, or against him. He will never be a good president, because it’s all about him and will always be about him. Even about what is best for the American people, Trump will always say the wrong things. He obviously cannot Be Best!
If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.
The book that tells it like it is…
Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs This weekend, I picked the book and thumbed through some of the chapters, and I re-read chapter called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment.