Time to stop playing the bewilderment card

What do we do when the president blames the media for exposing the incompetence (or worse) of one of his appointees?

We stop waiting for him to change. He isn’t going to.

Donald Trump is exactly the man people voted for—boorish, crude, crass, and vulgar. Of course some, fed up with worrying about others’ sensibilities which they labeled political correctness (but which I label decorum), voted for him because of those “qualities.” Most didn’t.

But all of them must now have recognized his complete ignorance of government, his disdain for everyone but the wealthy, his vengeance toward anyone who contradicts him, and his unwillingness to accept responsibility for the haphazard and extraordinarily stupid decisions of the past three weeks. It’s time for us to stop acting bewildered. That would make us stupid. After all

  • Throughout his campaign he displayed open antagonism toward reporters and journalists. That has degenerated into warfare.
  • He scoffed at the average American who pays taxes. Now as president his investments and conflicts threaten the security of the country. America First is a nice slogan, but Donald Trump is first and everyone else must scrounge for the other numbers.
  • He openly invited Russia to etc., etc. etc. We’re already rehashing old complaints. It’s time for us to give up on him (yes, already) and concentrate on each other. I don’t mean prepare for the midterm elections or rally our local reps. Those are noble causes, but America never was one man: America is an idea that can only be struck down or diluted by its people. That’s us.

Someday soon Trump will probably ask that we wave the American flag in the faces of Mexicans, Muslims, maybe transgender people, possibly the handicapped—in short anyone who distorts the Trumpian purity of his American vision.

All we have to do is say no.

We can’t unvote for him or whine about how he garnered fewer votes than “our” candidate. We don’t have a candidate—the election is over. Nor can we idle away the days waiting for some quixotic impeachment proceedings to begin. By that time it will be too late.

But we can start saying no right now. We can refuse to let minorities be marginalized or bullied or scapegoated, for despite the 63 million voters who chose Trump, I still believe that those people grasp the idea of America and will, when confronted with the threat of a strong-arm dictator, make the right choices. Re-friend your unfriended Trump voters and repair family squabbles. Look for some middle ground. Most of us are reasonable people, and though Trump isn’t, it accomplishes little to remind his supporters of that fact as, I suppose, I just did.

In the end you and I have a distinct advantage over people like Donald Trump: we can empathize with what Robert Burns called our fellow mortals, and that’s something he will never understand.

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Chuck Radda

I'm a former high school English teacher, currently a literacy volunteer and novelist. I invite your responses right here or to chuckradda@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook and on Twitter—where I tweet annually at @chuckrad45.

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