Trump’s True Catch-22
The cost of change this time includes dead bodies in the streets of American cities. Donald Trump’s burden of power was something that he probably never imagined would be difficult, but then he just assumed running a country would be easy. Our President has an ongoing desire to entertain rather than embrace the empathy necessary in a great leader. He would call me a hater, but he would never take the time to read my thoughts. I feel sorry for him, but he should not be allowed to get in the way of our country’s safety, our prosperity and our morals.
Our younger readers might not understand the term “Catch-22.” This concept arises when trying to escape a dilemma or difficult circumstance with mutually conflicting or dependent conditions. President Trump finds himself now dealing with the mutually conflicting and dependent conditions he has created. But at the risk of blaming him for everything, we should look at the dilemmas and suggest solutions.
First, Trump married himself to the NRA and they spent more than $30 million to help him get elected. They give a lot of money to many other candidates and they are more like a political action committee than a non-profit organization. What they do is legal but causes a conflict of interest with those who have received their contributions. Trump sees their endorsement as important. He has never stood up to them. This needs to end.
Trump rose to political power by attacking immigrants. He berates them much like past tyrants who focused on minorities and ethnic groups to create dangerous conditions and harmful attitudes against them. Trump’s rhetoric has also stoked the hatred and fear of immigrants, aliens and asylum seekers. When reading the manifestos of mass shooters, we see the same phraseologies and viewpoints toward those ethnic groups and the people they’ve attacked.
In his speech to the nation and world (8-5-2019), President Trump said that he’s ready for discussion on gun laws and he touted his small legal moves such as banning the “Bump-Stock.” His words fell short, however, because they came from “Teleprompter Trump” not Candidate Trump. Can these tragedies guarantee that at his next rally he won’t double-down on previous incitements? Probably not.
Trump wants the Justice Department to make sure “domestic terrorists” receive a swift death penalty, but that’s not likely to deter most of these crazy murderers who expect to die during the carnage they reap. Killing the mass shooters will make them the kind of martyrs that ISIS fighters are to their followers. The hate websites will continue to breed this dogma of death and destruction, but what will the leadership of this country do to stop them? Can they protect our First and Second Amendment rights while making this problem go away? This is the true burden of power.
Here’s the Catch-22 in all of this. The TV talking heads express sorrow about the sweet little kids who were gunned down in El Paso, while a few miles from the attack site children of Mexico and Central America are living in chain-link detention centers lacking basic human comforts like hygiene, warmth and love. You cannot be on moral ground protecting one class of human being while dehumanizing another. Trump has already showed his true colors by doing everything he can to eliminate or bypass America’s asylum laws. In 1940, he would have turned away ships bringing Jews and other Europeans to America attempting to seek asylum from Hitler.
And now, Trump tries to apologize to the President of Mexico for those citizens who lost their lives in El Paso. His feeble attempt is most likely intended to placate their leader who said that Mexico would be seeking legal action for the deaths of their citizens on our soil. Perhaps one of Trump’s advisors warned him of a law that could be used against him.
Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prohibits any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. With Trump inciting violence toward immigrants, be they legal or illegal, he is clearly in violation of Article 20. He could be brought before the World Court.
Remember the Trump rally in Florida when someone answered his question of what to do with all these people coming across the border by yelling, “Shoot them?” The President of the United States didn’t explain that would be against the law. No, he offered a joke, “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with this stuff.” Referring to that area of Florida that borders Alabama, Trump seemed to endorse violence against people coming into America.
The Republicans playbook tells us that mass shootings are executed by mentally ill people, not the guns themselves. Video games and the internet are promoting violence, not the words of leaders who seemingly give permission to perpetrate political retribution against the “others” as defined by the President himself.
When the words are printed, you see it clearly. In his tweets, Trump used the term “invasion” more than a half of dozen times. And the manifesto of the shooter in El Paso stated, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” That was not Trump, those were the words of a person who killed twenty-two people in Texas.
If we are in a Catch-22 situation that is difficult to escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions, then we need smarter leaders to help us resolve them. This time, it’s not the economy stupid or the bully’s need for some payback against so-called bad deals. There are human lives at stake. I have no faith in Donald Trump, the man who took an oath to protect America and the Constitution. Neither he nor Mike Pence are equipped to disentangle this Catch-22.
Maybe we should start doing little things and see what works. Begin by banning and buying back all auto and semi-automatic weapons. Get rid of high capacity clips that give shooters advantages over the police. If someone could kill nine people in a minute in Ohio, how many others would have been murdered if the killer had just a little more time? We can’t take away every gun, but we should try to keep weapons out of the hands of unstable people. The paralysis of those in power is repulsive. Trump is only part of the problem but getting rid of him would be a great start.
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