If anybody had asked me late last year what effect a global crisis such as … oh, say a pandemic that spread at the speed of lightning … would have on the people of this nation, I would have answered that it would bring people closer together, cause them to set aside their differences and care about each other much as we did in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And I would have been oh so very wrong. I would have been giving the people of this nation far too much undeserved credit.
While I am no fan of George W. Bush, I must give credit where it is due. In the days following 9/11, he was a leader in every sense of the word, and it was in part his leadership that brought people together. He made it clear that we were all in this together, and that together we would survive. He grieved with us and gave us strength and hope to carry on. In the current crisis, we have no such leader, but rather a bungling oaf whose own desires will always be a higher priority for him than the needs of this nation.
Unlike 2001, today we have no real leader and rather than bring the nation together, Donald Trump has fanned the flames of discord. I won’t even delve into his very poor handling of this crisis from day one, for that has been covered everywhere ad nauseam. But it is beyond disturbing that he continues to operate under a philosophy of “divide and conquer”, even as the nation burns. What I find even more disturbing, however, is that some 46% of the people in this nation believe he is doing a fantastic job, when in fact he has let us down in the worst way possible. Rather than encouraging us all to help one another, to set aside our differences for the moment and work together for the good of all, he stands in front of the nation and casts blame. Blame the democrats, he says. Blame Obama, blame the governors of states who are trying to keep their people safe … blame anybody, he tells us, except him. He says, “No, I don’t take responsibility at all.”
But wait … isn’t leadership all about responsibility? Is that not what he was hired to do, to be responsible for the well-being of the country and its 330 million inhabitants? I’m confused … how can the “president” not take responsibility?
How is it possible that nearly half the people in this country approve of the job he is doing? What does this say about We the People? Does it say that those 46% are so determined to fulfill their goal of making the U.S. a white, Christian, and largely male-dominated country that they are willing to sacrifice decency, sacrifice the future of the nation? Are the people of this country so blind that they cannot see how he is putting his own self-interest ahead of the people of this nation? Or is it simply that in times of crisis, people take comfort in continuity, rejecting change altogether? Whatever it is, I am frankly disgusted and fed up with those who applaud him at this point in time. I’ve tried and failed to understand their motives.
Donald Trump will never be anything different than what he is today, a greedy, arrogant, narcissistic excuse for a man who cares for nobody and nothing other than himself. I might have expected that, given the circumstances we are facing today, some 90% of the people in this nation would be calling for his resignation, if not his head on a platter. But instead, more people than ever are gravitating toward him, hypnotized perhaps by his promises … promises that he cannot keep.
My biggest fear, something I fear far more than catching the coronavirus and dying, is that this newfound approval will carry forward into the election and hand Donald Trump another four years at the helm. That, my friends, would be the most disastrous thing that this nation would have ever faced. We cannot, must not let that happen.