When I write a post for this blog, I have a self-imposed limit of 800-1200 words for the purpose of readability. Sometimes that is a difficult limitation and I spend an hour of more trimming my work to get it under 1,200 words. Now, I am no great mind, no Shakespeare or Tolstoy, but I find that to clearly communicate an idea or ideas requires words. Words are important and are so easily misunderstood, particularly the written word where there is no accompanying ‘tone of voice’ or ‘body language’ to add clarity. Therefore one must choose one’s words carefully to ensure they are not misunderstood. I do not do well, obviously, on Twitter.
And then, along comes Donald Trump, a man elected to the highest office in the nation, who communicates almost entirely through 140-character ‘tweets’ on Twitter. Professional? I think not. Intelligent? I think not. Wise? I think not. Laughable? Perhaps it would be, were he not the leader of the United States. To me, his preferred method of communication is a sign that he is unable to have deep thoughts, unable to process more than a single thought at one time, and unwilling to make the slightest attempt at actually conveying an idea or a thought with any degree of clarity.
Okay, so we are inured to his ignorant and ignoble tweets, and for the most part simply ignore them as a child trying to get attention in the most inappropriate manner. And then … then, he gets bored and starts playing the sort of games I would expect from a 12-year-old child. Remember the one he posted on Sunday, 02 July, that included a 28-second video clip that shows Donald Trump at a pro wrestling event, body-slamming to the floor a man with a CNN logo for a head?
My first thought was that he was acting as a bored child on a Sunday morning, with nothing better to do. But wait! This is the leader of a nation? This is the man who has the power to make decisions that have the potential to affect the lives of every man, woman and child both within and outside the U.S.? And he is … posting these absurd things on a social media platform?
Apparently this Sunday he was once again bored. Apparently he learned nothing from the backlash of the wrestling video. For this morning came this …
Yes, he really did tweet a video clip that shows him hitting Hillary Clinton in the head with a golf ball. How very mature, yes? And what is it with his ongoing vendetta against his former rival? Is the ‘man’ incapable of moving on and focusing on the business at hand?
For some strange reason, an image of Beavis and Butthead just popped into my head …
This, folks, is who we are counting on to maintain diplomatic relations with both friends and antagonists abroad. This is the mind of the person we are hoping can play a major role in boosting the U.S. economy, ensuring equal rights and opportunities for all, and seeing to our safety. This, folks, is the ‘man’ who currently has the ability to fire nuclear weapons at will that could potentially murder hundreds of thousands of innocent people within minutes. This is the ‘man’ into whose fat little hands we have entrusted our very lives.
This week, Trump will attend the first United Nations session of his presidency, along with leaders from as many as 192 other nations around the globe. For many of those leaders, this will be their first meeting with Trump. How will they view him? Will he be dismissed as a bombastic, Twitter-obsessed political and diplomatic neophyte? This will be his opportunity to introduce and define himself and his ideology to the rest of the world. Will he, instead, be too busy tweeting and twitting to be bothered with the job at hand?
“The perception in many parts of the world, including the U.N., is that President Trump is unilateralist and isolationist. Trump has the opportunity to present and describe his vision and strategy. The world will be all ears.” – Zalmay Khalilzad, ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush
I have no illusions that he will show himself as a professional, as a true leader, for he is not. I am not in the least bit proud to be represented to the world by this person. In fact, I hang my head in shame.
If these juvenile tweets, coupled with all the other embarrassments he has heaped on us for the past nearly eight months, are not enough to convince the American public that Donald Trump is unfit for the office he currently occupies, then there is something seriously wrong with the American public. My call to Congress is to do what you need to do to remove this player of child’s games from office. And to those of you who voted for Trump last year, I do not expect an apology, I ask only that you …