On a daily basis, the painful history of this great and highly diverse Nation is rekindled with a twisted vengeance. Many use one line punchlines with no knowledge of any historical context in an attempt to extract some type of meaningless satisfaction.
The United States of America has become a Nation of team affiliation, where winning has been transformed into some grotesque short term obsession with no tangible, measurable, valuable, long term outcome.
People of all origins, making up over 328 million citizens, have completely boxed themselves in with no other alternative other than to continue to root for a team, that for many, have thoughtlessly chosen, treating politics and the survivability of this Shining Beacon on a Hill as if it were simply a seasonal athletic competition that they can tune in or out of with the flick of a button.
The end result, the outcome, of this party partisanship, is a Nation at war with its past, its present, and its future. The psyche of anyone paying attention, has been indelibly shaken, leaving most questioning the foundational core of democracy—even if they do not fully comprehend the structure of this foundation core—and that is exactly the objective of the individual sitting in the Oval Office and occupying the White House.
The most powerful Nation on the planet is engaging in a morality war that has taken on a violent fervor reminiscent of the hand to hand combat played out on any battlefield. The weapons are words, and these words cut deep into the marrow and fabric of American society, slicing out any remnants of normalcy and decency.
Trump has a very specific agenda. Many may conclude that Trump’s primary objective is to destroy any one or any institution that can bring into vivid relief any evidence of any criminal activity that would result in his impeachment or imprisonment. For those with such a surface level assessment, they are missing a much more devious agenda.
Trump believes he is royalty and that he should be granted his every whim. Trump has never been held accountable for any of his destructive behaviors and has always found a way to get others to pay for his pompous self indulgence. But again, this is not Trump’s true agenda. Deep within the psychology of Trump lies a much darker and sinister agenda.
Think of agenda as the underlying intentions or motives, the driving forces behind any observable behavioral pattern. There is an insatiable hole, a very dark, very evil, very sinister deep structure that delves in the soul—if he even has one—of Donald J. Trump, that lives and breaths only one thing—vengeance.
A criminal seeks to destroy the credibility of any one and the trust of every vital institution tasked with the responsibility of holding him or her accountable for the illegal activity perpetrated on the innocent.
When asked by Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes why he lies, Trump replied:
“You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”
The first question anyone should ask is, “Why would anyone need to, let alone want to, ‘discredit and demean’ so that no single person will believe a story, whether negative or positive?” If the goal is to make it that no person will believe a story, it applies to both attributes of positive and negative. There is no carve out. One cannot simply wave a magic wand and proclaim that this story or that story is to be believed or disbelieved. Any logical, rational, well balanced, objective mind would only conclude that the end goal of the aforementioned actions of “discrediting” and “demeaning” have only one single desired outcome, and that is to prevent the believability of actual crimes committed and the prosecution thereof.
The outcome of the constant lies is chaos. Under the umbrella of all the chaos, Trump dismantles all that is at the foundational core of the United States. Under the blanket of chaos, Trump believes he can get away with crimes against humanity on a level never seen in these United States of America—at least not since the days of the Indian Wars which will forever leave a stain on the pages of any honest, factual American history book.
Trump, via gaslighting and preying on the weak, the racist, the ignorant, the forgotten, and the desperate, perpetuates violence by granting permission for the violence. Violence creates chaos. Chaos benefits Trump and no one else. Under the smoke and mirrors of chaos, evil thrives and grows, until one day, children are ripped from the feeding breasts of their mothers under the guise of border security. Evil grows and thrives when an entire religion is denigrated. Evil grows and thrives when the free press is ridiculed on a daily basis in order to discredit the facts and stave off prosecution for crimes committed.
Evil grows and thrives and shows its face through acts of vengeance. When a person is driven purely by a sense of vengeance—as is Trump—then that person has a serious psychological disorder, and when coupled with the Office of the President of the United States, every person on the planet is placed in a very precarious and dangerous position.
Sowing discontent and violence benefits only one person and that person is Trump. Trump needs chaos to survive prosecution for illegal activity. Like an episode right out of the 1960s Star Trek series, hate feeds off of hate. The greater the crime, the greater the level of vitriol coming out of the Oval Office on a daily basis in order to deflect away from the actual crime.
The rhetoric coming from political operatives and the generic voter is divisive with both sides coldly calling the other side traitors, liars, cheats and far worse. This article is admittingly biased. Without question I know with absolute certainty I stand on the side of truth and facts. I know who my enemies are. I know who seeks to destroy the United States of America. I know that I will always chose country over party and always over a single individual who seeks to destroy the very foundation fabric that guarantees the survivability of democracy.
Name calling has escalated into physical assaults, with permission being granted by the central ring leader, the President of the United States and arguably the most powerful person on the planet. This author himself has been physically assaulted multiple times and has been on the receiving end of many verbal attacks. Neighbors attacking and insulting neighbors. Like in the Rod Sterling‘s The Twilight Zone episode titled The Shelter, the true character of your neighbor is being revealed by the Trump Effect.
As these citizen combatants dig into their foxholes, facts are supplanted by team membership one-upmanship, projected upon the identified adversary via the utilization of practiced rationalizations and justifications so transparent and predictable that it is comical at best.
Trump Train Team members take their daily marching orders from Tweets issued by their supreme leader, which are then reenforced by operative conditioning at self aggrandizing rallies. Trump is a master at gaslighting. He has learned every NLP technique ever taught by the likes of Tony Robbins, who he, and Trump along with Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki toured the network marketing and get rich seminar circuit together. This author spent a considerable amount of time behind the curtains of such aforementioned seminars and learned all the “persuasion” techniques. I have witnessed the manipulation first hand and am very cognizant of the techniques Trump uses to mold his cult followers into mindless caricatures of himself.
If promulgated lines of propaganda fail to quell a dissenter (a resistance member who seeks equal justice as a citizen of a Nation of Laws), varying degrees of Ad hominem attacks are pulled from the bag of tricks and deceit and insult upon insult are launched like a volley of unguided missiles hitting targets deep behind digital lines of demarcation.
I have lived a long life. This month I shall obtain the age of 58. The first few Presidents I became historically acquainted with include Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt , Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, and of course George Washington. Growing up I remember Watergate and Richard M. Nixon resigning in disgrace knowing with certainty he would be impeached. I remember Gerald R Ford granting Nixon a full pardon for any and all crimes he may have committed against the United States (actually the people of the United States):
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Richard Nixon became the thirty-seventh President of the United States on January 20, 1969 and was reelected in 1972 for a second term by the electors of forty-nine of the fifty states. His term in office continued until his resignation on August 9, 1974.
Pursuant to resolutions of the House of Representatives, its Committee on the Judiciary conducted an inquiry and investigation on the impeachment of the President extending over more than eight months. The hearings of the Committee and its deliberations, which received wide national publicity over television, radio, and in printed media, resulted in votes adverse to Richard Nixon on recommended Articles of Impeachment.
As a result of certain acts or omissions occurring before his resignation from the Office of President, Richard Nixon has become liable to possible indictment and trial for offenses against the United States. Whether or not he shall be so prosecuted depends on findings of the appropriate grand jury and on the discretion of the authorized prosecutor. Should an indictment ensue, the accused shall then be entitled to a fair trial by an impartial jury, as guaranteed to every individual by the Constitution.
It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States. The prospects of such trial will cause prolonged and divisive debate over the propriety of exposing to further punishment and degradation a man who has already paid the unprecedented penalty of relinquishing the highest elective office of the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GERALD R. FORD, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and seventy-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and ninety-ninth.
I was old enough to vote for Jimmy Carter, but did not exercise that right and solemn responsibility until Ronald Reagan, who I did vote for twice while serving on active Duty in the United States Navy. I continued my Republican allegiance by voting for George H. W. Bush.
I broke with the Republican Party as I became older and wiser and began a journey of self exploration and of humanity. I became a Progressive because I believed that everyone has certain freedoms, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated in his 1941 State of the Union Speech, now known as the Freedom Speech or the Four Freedoms:
The 2016 Presidential campaign was nothing but a mud slinging tumultuous slug fest. I knew Donald J. Trump‘s background. I knew of his legal whoas and his business failures. I knew he took great delight in stiffing the working man and have read numerous court filings where he had lost lawsuits brought against him. I was not a fan of Hillary Rodham Clinton, but I knew with certainty that she was very capable of being the first Madame President. Despite decades of smear campaigns by Republican political operatives, Clinton has never been indicted for any crime, let alone a contrived crime concocted by Republican hacks such as convicted felon Dinesh Joseph D’Souza who was recently pardoned by Trump.
It was my firm belief then, and still is today, that the United States of America could have survived a Clinton Presidency. However, like 70% of the population of the United States of America, I am in a constant state of deep despair regarding the very real possibility that this great country may not survive a Trump Presidency.
In all my actives years participating in the most important aspect of being a citizen of these United States, I have never experienced the current level of hate and slanderous rhetoric being spewed on a daily basis.
I did not vote for George Bush. I did however, fully support the invasion of Afghanistan and the hunting down and killing of Osama Bin Laden. I did not support the Iraq war and I was highly vocal about my views on this topic. I was never a fan of Dick Cheney and history has proven that my position was accurate, that Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq was a contrived misrepresentation and a massive propaganda campaign that was inflicted on the American people to con them into supporting a horrendously needless war.
Until Donald Trump, this organized con was the greatest assault and insult to democracy to have every been perpetrated on the American people in modern times.
Reflecting upon the total number of candidates for the President of the United States (POTUS), and their individual character traits, that I have both voted for and against, I have never felt threatened or angered enough to vocalize any distain. I never felt resentment, despair, betrayal, helplessness or hopelessness. I accepted the results of an election and moved on to the next. This is not true with Donald J. Trump as President.
Take a brief moment and reflect on this simple fact. There is not a single minute of any single day since the 2016 election that Trump has not been called a traitor and a criminal. Sure, other presidents have had to withstand an onslaught of hateful rhetoric, but there has never been this level of explicit, vocalized, and demonstrable resentment and intolerance of a sitting President. Not since the days of Vietnam has there been so many protests with millions of people taking to the streets.
To be continued…