The indefensible Trump

Photo: Anthony Moretti 20Jan2017

To defend Donald Trump now must mean you possess an almost base need to make fun of people who dislike him.

He certainly does.

To defend Donald Trump now must mean you have a fundamental disregard for American values.

He certainly does.

To defend Donald Trump now must mean you have you have a depraved indifference to human rights.

He certainly does.

What justification is there to support a man who is willing to turn the American military on the American people? For Trump, unleashing the military feeds a perhaps psychotic lust for power, which he instead suggests is affirming law and order.

When Americans witness overwhelming police and military force mowing down people who have no chance to defend themselves (Tiananmen Square, 1989, or Tahrir Square, 2011) in the name of, yes, law and order, we recoil at the idea that a political leader would seek to silence fellow citizens in such brutal ways. We call it un-American. We demand our government respond appropriately. We remind ourselves such bloodbaths wouldn’t happen here.

They might.

Earlier this evening, the president did not object to protesters being tear gassed and forcefully removed from an area around the White House so he could walk to a nearby church, take hold of a Bible and raise it as if it were a prized possession. He also told the country he’d mobilize “thousands and thousands” of military personnel if states governors didn’t bring in the National Guard to restore, you got it, law and order.

This is the same Donald Trump who has said nothing over the past four days that might have demonstrated leadership and responsibility. He cares nothing about America’s racial divide. He is morally empty.

Are you?

The only one

When was the last time you were in a room and

…no one had your skin color

…someone said you were there because you filled a quota

…everyone wore better clothes than you

…no one prayed to the same God as you

…someone said your music was dangerous

…everyone had had a different sexual experience than you

…no one wanted to sit next to you

…someone asked if they could feel your hair

…everyone just wanted you to leave.

If you’ve always been in the mainstream majority (and I, as a straight, white male, have been), then you’re fortunate. We don’t have to apologize for what we have and who we are, but we must recognize what we’ve never experienced.

We’re not obligated to walk that mile in someone else’s shoes. But when we truly treat others as we’ve been used to being treated, our lives are better.

Last night, my door bell rang. It was roughly 10:00. My next door neighbor had a plate of hot food.

“This is for you,” he said. “My wife says she loves your family.”

I’m going to tell you only one thing about those neighbors: they aren’t part of the mainstream majority.

My wife and I don’t care.

BREAKING: Hong Kong bans June 4 vigil to remember Tiananmen massacre

Photo: Anthony Moretti 16April2016

The New York Times has the details.

The prohibition order was issued by the Hong Kong police force, and came less than a week after the Chinese Communist authorities in Beijing moved to enact new security laws on the former British colony. The order cited the need to enforce social-distancing rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the justification for the ban.