The good news is that President Trump passed his physical with flying colors. The bad news is that we can now hold him responsible for his words and actions. I cannot think of a single difficult event or decision that our President has taken responsibility for. On the flip side, every positive sign since he has been in office he has taken credit for. All the negatives went to someone else.
The minions around President Trump rush to his defense of unaccountability. He really did not say the vulgar words some say he used. He really has never lied. He really does not watch TV endlessly. He only occasionally plays golf. It is not clear at all that President Obama was born in the United States. He says he is not a racist—why would anybody say this? The firing of the FBI Director was all Mr. Comey’s doings. He never had any dealings with Russia and never sat in on meetings that involved them. Why would anybody want to see his tax returns? And when things get dull he really would not attack President Obama or Hillary Clinton or anyone else who has disagreed with him. The mayor of London. The Puerto Rican people who cannot handle their own crises. Or the FBI or the Justice Department and even the CIA. Or, of course the newspaper-TV world. The fake news seems to be everywhere.
No, he is not mentally deranged. He is accountable for his actions which are cruel and selfish and hurtful to our great country. In one year he has altered the way so many for us feel about the country we love. And the way so many countries look at us today is embarrassing.
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On the heels of the movie I read Chris Matthews’ book on Robert Kennedy. It is a fascinating read about the shaping of the character and leadership abilities of the President’s brother. Born in a rich and powerful family Robert Kennedy stood courageously for the underdog. The poor, the Latinos, the blacks—all those that had been left out of the country. When he died and the train carrying his body moved from town to town people lined the railroad tracks knowing they had lost an advocate who worked tirelessly to make their lives better. One wonders if our history would have been different had he lived and become our President. Strong leadership is essential.
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There is enough chaos in our time without President Trump creating more havoc. He is responsible for the ugly things he has said about nations and about individuals. He has no idea the power of his words. He is accountable, not only to his base—whoever they are—but to all the American people. He took and oath to “protect and defend “ all our citizenry. It includes people of color, different races, every economic status and all those who come from other countries. This is the United States—united—-not to be divided. And the Commander in Chief has a responsibility to continue the dream of the more perfect union that our forbears envisioned.
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--Roger Lovette / rogerlovette.blogspot.com