I had planned for this post to be about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. I’ll have to put that one on hold for a later post. Recent news has compelled me to comment, or rant, about another topic.
It is high time for President Trump to go away.
Yesterday, Donald Trump granted a pardon to Joe Arpaio. Arpaio had been convicted of defying a federal injunction to stop detaining individuals based on what amounts to racial profiling. Trump’s pardon of Arpaio flouts both the law and the power of the federal courts.
This isn’t the first time Trump has thumbed his nose at decency.
By his remarks in response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump has emboldened white supremacists and other hate groups.
He has repeatedly offended leaders of other nations.
He seems to govern by tweet.
His financial dealings are shady at best.
His bombastic remarks aimed at North Korea created some tense moments over the possibility of nuclear war. The threat is still there, but Trump has moved on to create havoc on other fronts.
Donald Trump has called global warming a hoax, and pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. (This seems to be a total reversal of his views in 2009 when he signed a letter calling for urgent action on climate change.*)
The President called for an investigation into voter fraud seemingly because he thought he didn’t win the election by a wide enough margin.
He has spent an inordinate amount of time playing golf.
He has also spent way too much time pandering to his base and holding rallies that look like campaign events. He is less than a year into his first (and I hope only) term. He should be using that time to take seriously the tasks of governing.
His supporters have continually turned a blind eye to his displays of racism, cruelty, and mental instability.
And then there’s the Russian problem.
If none of this terrifies you, you haven’t been paying attention; or maybe you just don’t care.
It is time for Congress to stop enabling this madness. It is time for Donald Trump to go away.
I remain cautiously optimistic that this country will one day return to sanity.
To my fellow Americans: Please use the power of your voices and votes where you feel they will do the most good.
To my readers who are not Americans: Please pray for our country.