Trump supporters are America’s shame, but many others who didn’t vote for Trump, and who have zero principles and zero courage are JUST AS MUCH to blame for normalizing this mind blowing degree of ‘gas lighting’ and immoral lies, doing so at the expense of basic goodness and moral values.
America has lost its moral compass on BOTH sides of the aisle in key areas, all in the interest of either greed and material gain, ‘white tribalism’ and racism most predominantly on the Right… or the shameful effort on the left to ‘celebrate’ and normalize getting high on recreational drugs and doing anything and everything just because it ‘FEELS GOOD’ or BECAUSE WE CAN TAX IT FOR STATE REVENUE, with blatant and total disregard for setting the right example for young people.
As we are witnessing this national disgrace caused by those who elected this well known career pathological liar and con-artist to our nation’s highest office, we also can’t lose sight of the above…that being the erosion of moral, healthy community values on the LEFT that has consequently had a great deal to do with the moral corruption on the RIGHT being enabled to accomplish such a shameful victory in the first place.
Now, the rest of us – fortunately I believe still in the majority – are tasked with cleaning up this giant pile of horse sh#t that Trump supporters have left on the White House carpet for the last year and a half. And we need many more of you to wake up to what has real value in life…We need you to stop the destructive, stupid and unhealthy doper behavior, throw away your ‘recreational drugs’ and join the rest of us in making America GOOD AGAIN!
There is no excuse – What we are witnessing is unconscionable as Americans. We must do BETTER than this! On BOTH sides of the aisle, we must do BETTER THAN THIS!
And make no mistake, the integrity and ‘good values’ that I’m writing about here have absolutely NOTHING to do with religion…Ironically, this Trump disgrace, with his campaign and administration built on lies, has been largely CAUSED and enabled by the majority of church going “Christians”.
No, the integrity and ‘good values’ that we must re-embrace on BOTH sides of the political aisle have entirely to do with HUMAN VALUES and THE GOLDEN RULE, which predate Christianity and Judaism by thousands of years.
Today we hear Trump’s lapdog lawyer Rudy Giuliani now trying to say that even if there was ‘collusion’ by Trump with the Russians, he doesn’t see how that amounts to a ‘crime’.
Despite the obvious truth, and one that Special Prosecutor Mueller knows all too well, that being that there is a HUGE felonious crime involved in conspiracy with a foreign national adversary to interfere with our democracy, such a statement in general is just utterly insane. I believe I can go so far as to say that one shouldn’t be able to call themselves a patriotic American and accept such a bizarre effort by Giuliani to somehow seek to defend such treasonous behavior.
Words almost can’t be found to describe the degree of gas lighting we are witnessing. If you still aren’t yet familiar with the term ‘gas lighting’, it’s high time you were educated:
It’s basically someone lying so much about something to people, mainly those in their supportive base, that those supporters decide to believe those lies despite the obvious facts and truth…Despite what they can see is actually happening in front of their very eyes to the contrary. This becomes a very sick ‘group think’ danger to the rest of the country.
The best example is Hans Christian Andersen’s age old story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. The emperor in the story was obsessed with wearing only the finest clothes. He had a new fancy coat for every hour of the day. Swindlers came to him one day and, well here’s a snippet from the story:
“They said they could weave the most magnificent fabrics imaginable. Not only were their colors and patterns uncommonly fine, but clothes made of this cloth had a wonderful way of becoming invisible to anyone who was unfit for his office, or who was unusually stupid.
“Those would be just the clothes for me,” thought the Emperor. “If I wore them I would be able to discover which men in my empire are unfit for their posts. And I could tell the wise men from the fools.”
So the emperor in the story believed the lie that he was wearing a wondrously beautiful new wardrobe when in fact he was OBVIOUSLY naked! And as he paraded down the street in front of his kingdom completely naked, all his dutiful subjects cheered him on and bought into the gas lighting lies that he was so adorned.
The reason this story is such a perfect example in comparison with Donald Trump, is because the emperor believed that if anyone dared to question his ‘gas lighting’ lies, and if anyone dared to claim that he was in fact completely naked, that would just be proof that they were his ‘ENEMY’…
And we can never forget Trump’s dangerous insistence while in office that the free press is the ‘enemy of the people’. He has said this many times.
As I wrote immediately after hearing him make that statement the first time, Trump was knowingly placing journalists in harm’s way by making such an assertion, while his shameful base dutifully cheered such a reckless ‘naked emperor’ proclamation. Don’t forget the disturbing tweet Trump sent out that portrayed a picture of him just outside a wrestling ring, physically beating a reporter from CNN. If you have ‘selective memory’ and have chosen to forget about that tweet by Trump, GOOGLE IT!
When we first read that story of the emperor’s new clothes as a kid, we laughed out loud and thought it to be utterly ridiculous. We thought that it could never happen. But now, when we see it happening every day in America right before our eyes, we realize the dangerous times in which we are living.
Now more than ever, human values, integrity and setting the right example for young people need to be embraced, not celebrating getting high on recreational drugs or claiming you just don’t care about ‘politics’, the result of both mindsets having been giant contributors to enabling this corruption on the Right to be able to elect such a disgracefully corrupt and unfit individual to the White House.
(Connie Bryan is a writer in Sacramento, CA…Check out all of her material on her website and blog at www.conniebryan.com)