Platitudes and idealistic posturings fail me. The beautiful words of the Declaration of Independence, the poetic re-affirmation of American ideals found on the Statue of Liberty, the uplifting words of our National Anthem, the haunting words of the Gettysburg address uttered over the graves of those who lost their lives in defense of the Union echo distantly in my memory, almost as a muffled hum of something that is lost.
Never has our nation faced a more dangerous threat than the one we now face…not only because a self-serving, egotistic megalomaniac demagogue has occupied the White House but because this individual is in danger of sapping the will of the people to perceive truth, to pursue truth and to be willing to sacrifice for truth. The greatest danger he and his sycophants present is the effect they have on distorting our perceptions of reality, national identity, trust in each other and truth. He has surrounded himself with demagogues who are willfully manipulating the very structure of our government of checks and balances to achieve THEIR agenda as well as his.
A leader only becomes a leader by gaining followers. Generally, people become followers for one of two reasons: 1) They sincerely believe in the leader and his/her message or 2) They believe they can further their own agendas by supporting or appearing to support the leader. All presidents have had followers that fall in to these two categories. Those in government who fall into the first category are called public servants, the latter are politicians and sycophants…willing to do or say anything to remain in the good graces of the leader or their constituents. History is filled with abuses propagated by the few but executed by the many.
During the campaign, many Republican leaders refused to support our current president; expressing their disdain at the candidate’s style, actions, words and failure to comply with basic traditions for presidential candidates. Some of those are listed here:
Susan Collins, Maine –
Lindsey Graham-South Carolina
They are a good start for rallying efforts to remove the veil of confusion that this administration is skillfully dropping over the eyes and minds of our citizenry. We need to focus on the clear and present danger; the destruction of checks and balances so wisely crafted by our founding fathers.
In other words, the so-called Travel Ban is less of an issue than how the ban came to be…how the National Security Council has been infiltrated by a white supremacist nationalist with no military experience; how established Federal law was ignored; how Federal agencies with front-line responsibility for implementation of changes were not consulted; and the list goes on. These are just some of the checks and balances that have been side-stepped. There-in lies the real danger. If we do nothing this behavior becomes normalized and sets a precedent. The Constitution begins to become obsolete and forgotten. Let’s work toward getting these and other opinion shapers to focus on the permanent damage these pestilent strategies will have as they permeate our understanding of “normal”.
Brave men and women have defended our country through many dangers. THIS danger is internal, it threatens to divide us more menacingly than ever before. Let’s start our resistance with these Republicans who are on record as having reservations about the current president while he was a candidate. It is time to apply pressure to them and other prominent Republicans and respected Americans from both sides of the aisle to defend our nation.