As sad as this seems to be, it is actually worse. Today there would be those in the crowd who would be heckling Jesus and accusing him of socialism, pandering to the poor for votes, and questioning both his ethics and his motives.
And the saddest part is that much (if not most) of this criticism would be coming from those claiming to follow him…right wing evangelicals.
The signs are all there. Those that still support this piece of slime are frighteningly similar to the supporters of Adolf Hitler, especially in the run-up to World War II. The complete and willful ignorance and denial of the truth turns such followers into mindless robots willing to go to any lengths to support their leader. This is Trump’s base.
Trump is a lying, racist, traitor who used criminal tactics to gain the presidency. The Republicans in Congress that continue to support him demonstrate they have no shame. They are more guilty than he is…
The ongoing Russia attacks on our democracy is a clear and present danger. In response, heavy sanctions were overwhelmingly passed by Congress. Trump has refused to implement the sanctions. WHY?
The refusal of the president to protect our country against known attacks on our nation is a clear dereliction of duty. He has continually attacked all our intelligence, law and justice agencies, yet will not say even one critical word concerning Russia.
He is serving Russia’s interest far more that the interest and safety of the country he was elected to protect. When is his obviously dangerous preferential behavior going to be checked?
When is this lying, racist Russian lackey going to be condemned as the traitor he is? When is he going to finally going to be impeached?
“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
This quote by President Roosevelt was a part of the 17 minute retirement speech delivered to his colleagues yesterday by Republican Senator, Jeff Flake of Arizona. He basically said he was retiring because of the coarseness of the leadership of our nation, and that he could no longer be complicit in the undermining of the core values that has made our country great.
I salute the Senator for his courage and applaud his public denouncement of the crude, boorish, and destructive methodology of #BLOTUS. More of our national leaders need to have the strength of character to be openly critical of the current President and his outrageous, infantile, and morally indefensible behavior. Silence in the face of the actions of this president is not only unpatriotic, but in the words of Roosevelt, “morally treasonable to the American public.”
Written from a prison cell while awaiting his execution, this short treatise, “On Stupidity,” rings far too clearly despite the passing years. For those with ears to hear, we need to recognize that the political climate within our country is being manipulate by those that appeal to the basest emotions and fears of the least educated among us.
Yes, we are living in a dangerous time. Yes, decisions are being made daily that seem senseless on the surface and even evil when more closely examined. But arguing with most of those supporting the present agenda isn’t the answer.
As Bonhoeffer concludes, trying to persuade the stupid person with reason and fact is both “senseless and dangerous.”