One of the things about spending large quantities of time in the ‘rabbit hole’ is that one lies awake at night pondering on such things as trust, respect, responsibility, honesty, humanity and whether there are enough lemons in the fridge to make lemon chicken for supper tomorrow.
Trust. It’s a funny thing … one may spend a lifetime earning the trust of others, yet it can be shattered in a single moment. How many people do you trust … I mean, really trust as in you would trust them with your life? I’m guessing you can count them on one hand … I can, and I would still have a thumb left over. How many people trust you in that way? When we speak of trust in the broader sense, of trusting people who hold our well-being in their hands, it’s a bit different than trust on the more personal level. We should be able to trust these people … our members of Congress, state governors, police officers, and certainly the president and his minions … to at least make the best possible decisions based on the information they have for the good of the whole. None of us will be pleased with every decision that comes out of any administration. As much as I admire and respect President Obama, there were times I disagreed with his decisions. However, I always felt that he was listening to his advisors, was studying every situation and staying well-informed, and that at the end of the day, he made what he thought to be the right decision for the nation as a whole. I have felt that way about nearly every president this nation has had in my 69 years, both republican and democrat. Until the current one.
Trust is important in any relationship, parent-child, husband-wife, teacher-student, employer-employee. It is equally important that the people of any nation be able to trust their chosen leaders to be honest, to tell them the truth as much as possible, and to make decisions that take into account the entire nation, not just a few. Leaders will make mistakes, for they rarely have perfect information on which to base their decisions. But, when leaders lie to the people, the bond of trust is broken and is unlikely to ever be restored. This is what happened with Richard Nixon in 1974. But even worse than Nixon’s lies are those of Donald Trump, for his entire administration is filled with the most corrupt and dishonest people in the nation. There can be no trust in a ‘man’ who has been caught in over 20,000 lies in just over three years and has hired people who have been almost equally dishonest.How do we trust a ‘man’ who told us the coronavirus was just a minor thing, nothing to worry about, really … when a short six months later more than 180,000 of our friends, family and neighbors have died from it? How can we possibly be expected to trust an administration that has spent money we didn’t have for frivolous things, all the while giving special perks to the very wealthy people who don’t even know we exist? How do we trust a ‘man’ who cozies up to dictators, who asks foreign nations to help him cheat in an election? How can we trust an administration that has turned its back on the most important global issues that affect all our lives: the environment, the pandemic, and systemic racism?
How do we trust a ‘man’ who has spent his entire adult life lying, cheating, discriminating, breaking the law, and stealing? How do we trust a ‘man’ who claims credit for things he did not do, and refuses to accept responsibility for those he did do? How do we trust a ‘leader’ who represents less than half the people of the nation and spends his days denigrating the rest? How do we trust a person who praises racists and bullies good people?
I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made myself clear … when we elect a person, whether a member of Congress, president, or city councilman, we expect … we have a clear right to expect … that person to act in our best interests. We give that person a certain level of trust simply by voting for him or her. But, when they act in their own best interests, causing us financial ruin, job loss, loss of homes and in some cases loss of our very lives, that trust is gone. Forever. Trust. A small word, but so filled with meaning. The breaches of our trust since January 20th, 2017 have been so numerous and so deadly that it amazes me to find that some people do, in fact, still trust the current occupant of the White House. To them, apparently truth, honesty and integrity do not matter. To me, without them there can be no trust. Today, I have neither trust nor respect for anyone in the administration whose salaries I help pay. Damn shame, isn’t it?