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Practical Politics

The politics of our two-faced, divisive president

David L. Horne, PH.D. | 9/28/2017, 10:29 a.m.

Love him or loathe him as president, we had all hoped by now that Donald Trump would have understood and accepted the cold, hard fact that once he had accepted the new job he sought as POTUS, he could no longer behave in the cavalier, reckless manner he may have become used to as D.J. Trump, the singleton. Before the new job, he had only himself, his family and his money to care about and to which to be responsible. Now, with his acceptance of this new job--one that he applied for and fought to get--he represents over 350 million Americans.

His not having the stomach to criticize Mr. Putin and Russia in any way, may be based on compromising information held over him by Mr. Putin and serious back-door relationships between Russian oligarchs and Mr. Trump and his administrative team. If that is the case, it will all come out in the Bob Mueller and congressional investigations.

Mr. Trump’s unwillingness to criticize the neo-Nazis and KKK coalition that deliberately ran over and killed an anti-hate protester, is a different situation entirely. That is on him, not Russia. It is a serious character flaw. These last few days, however, he has been unflagging and relentless in his verbal assault on Americans (most of whom are Black) who have been protesting the hypocrisy of the American flag and the national anthem symbolizing duty, honor, loyalty and unity, while police are still shooting down Black Americans with no procedural reform in sight.

It reminds me of one of the practice scenarios I use in my logic class at CSUN: from a former political leader, “I believe in and support citizens’ rights like freedom of speech. However, I also believe that citizens should be severely punished when they exercise any such rights.” Is this a tautology or a regular logical argument?”

Based on his speechifying the last few days, Mr. Trump certainly is a fan of that statement and does not consider it to be flawed in any way. However, many, many Americans are now crystal clear that we have a fatally flawed president in our midst and we must now scramble to survive him with our country’s dignity and credibility somewhat intact.

Mr. Trump’s distain for the Constitution he swore to protect, including the civil rights added to the Constitution back in 1791, is unseemly at any time, but especially when on public display. What will the educable children of this country think of a principal leader who shows little, if any, respect for the law of the land? If he doesn’t, why should they?

The move by owners, coaches and NFL players to challenge the negativity preached by Mr. Trump most recently means all is not yet lost in this country. There are still millions of us who understand that merely having a difference of opinion (or logic) with a fellow American is no reason to disrespect the countryman, seek to exile or jail him/her, to have him fired, or to otherwise do harm to him/her.