Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Words Aren't Mine This Time, but I Agree with the Author 100%!

Fellow author Karen Moline shared this on her Facebook page. I shared it as well, and I'm sharing it here for those of you who don't do Facebook. 

This long rant was posted by attorney Seth Abramson on Twitter, and it is one of the best dissections of Trump I've read. Please share: 

"We need to never again discuss this man with respect to policy — it's become more than clear in 9 months that he holds no policy positions. So if you support Donald Trump because of any view you claim he holds, I don't ever want to hear from you again. The man holds no views. There is no position Donald Trump has ever taken that he has not, at some point in the past or present, taken the opposite position to.

We mustn't ever discuss this man as someone "challenging the system" or any similar bromide. His White House is the most corrupt ever. Not one story of honorable conduct has emerged from this White House. Instead, it's been lies, deception, corruption, graft, propaganda. But the most important thing is this: this is the first U.S. president to systematically and willfully terrorize his own populace daily. His changeability is intended to keep us anxious and on guard. In fact, he's admitted publicly, many times, that this is a tactic of his.

His corruption is equally studied: his business model has always been "get away with what you can," and that's exactly how he's governed. He saw that he had a GOP Congress — and knew that his worst-case scenario was not getting re-elected to a job that he never really wanted. That's why he hasn't eliminated his conflicts of interest, delivered on his promises, "drained the swamp," acted as any kind of leader. His presidency is a criminal enterprise designed to enrich his family and give him the attention his father clearly denied him as a kid.

He has no beliefs, no ambitions, no morals, no principles, no guidelines, no plans, no expectations. He simply needs to sow chaos daily. What Trump knows better than most is that America is a chaos machine—you feed it and it spits out attention, headlines, sometimes money. I want to be very clear here: Donald Trump is a toxic human with a toxic public presence and—worst of all—he wants to poison his people. His reign will go down not just in U.S. history but human history as a reign of uncommon cruelty in the democracies of this millennium. 

It's more than that he'll go down in our history as the worst president we'll ever have—he'll go down as one of our greatest villains. Benedict Arnold tried to betray America for a prior sovereign—Trump is trying to *torture* a nation that was good to him his whole life.

Have you noticed a change in your mood since January? I mean a change you can't seem to escape? Anxiety, anger, fear, confusion, doubt? The most ubiquitous man in your nation is trying to poison you daily—because it gives him power—and no one's stopping him from doing it. If you've seen a dramatic change lately in your personality, home life, belief in the nation you love—please know that you're not alone. I'm not using hyperbole: you're under attack. A deliberate, unprovoked, systematic, and—yes—evil attack. And it's working. We're losing.

When humans are endangered, confused and hopeless, there are certain things we turn to—all of which Trump is deliberately stealing away. Our fight or flight instinct—which Trump activates—can be quelled if we're given respite, which is why Trump ensures we have no respite. That's why his tweets—which are intended to terrorize, and *do*—come in a daily barrage of needless conflict, warmongering, and cruelty. He must never stop tweeting, because his tweets now activate our culture in a way so *inescapable* that we're almost like his prisoners. You think he's attacking North Korea in his tweets? No—he's trying to terrorize *you*. The NFL? You. Segments of America? No—all of us.

When humans are confused, we seek the stability of truth, trusted institutions, neighbors. He's destroying those anchors systematically. "Fake news" isn't about getting re-elected—it's about controlling your fight-or-flight instinct by giving you no safe harbor in "truth." Every institution we like or trust, he's undermined. The media. Government. Unions. Hell—even the NFL. Veterans (when he feels like it).

He's enabled by the GOP—but he's no Republican. He wants to destroy any politics or politician whose world he's not at the center of. He's a malignant narcissist, and his *only* ambition is to spread his toxicity nationwide in whichever ways feed his perverse pathology. If you're a Trump voter, by all means laugh it up. You'll be caught in wars, recessions, and international collapse like the rest of us. He has 35% support because Americans love to be right/see fools suffer—and Trump voters think they're on the right side of the equation.

Time will show that we were all the fools—and whatever temporary satisfaction the Right got from annoying the Left wasn't worth America. Because the last thing—of the three I mentioned—humans look for in a crisis is hope, and he's systematically taking *that* away as well. We don't have hope future elections will be fair. We don't have hope our government is working in our interests. We don't have hope we can trust and love our neighbors and they'll trust and love us back. And we don't have hope things will start to make sense again. Trump has declared war on America—crafting his own brand of "American carnage"—and some groups have felt the pain quicker than others. But only a fool fails to see that the pain and suffering that comes from having a madman as a leader is soon coming for every one of us.

Things are going to get very bad. And many fools will say, "Well—that's America." And America *is* deeply flawed. But we weren't *this*. One in every few generations in the West, a leader arises *so vile* that he can draw out the evil from his population and weaponize it. Trump is *not* Hitler. There was only *one* Hitler. But Trump is the *sort* of Hitler that America in 2017—at its very worst—can breed. Everything evil a man can do to a country like this, at a time like this, in a span of four or eight years, Donald Trump will try to do. He'll try to make the vulnerable live in fear. He'll position himself as unreviewable by the media and government. He'll sow confusion.

And when his crimes are uncovered—and he's been a villain and criminal his whole adult life—he'll try to stoke violence to save himself. Trump is the most dangerous American of all our lifetimes—he's so dangerous we can't fully apprehend the danger or how to respond to it. He's everything people say—a pathological liar; a corrupt politician; a serial sexual assailant; and, yes, a traitor—but he's also more. He's an actually evil presence that hangs over your life—and the life of a nation you love—every single day. And he may be unstoppable. Is there any reason to trust future election results—now that we know Russia is hacking/interfering and Trump's doing *zero* to stop it?

And is there any reason to think the damage Trump has done to our political system can be solved in just a single American generation? And as he plunges us deeper into our Longest War and tries to start World War III in Asia, can we be certain lasting doom isn't ahead? My point: there is only one fight in America today that matters, because all other fights are ultimately a direct corollary to this one. If we want to save ourselves—and our country—Trump must be legally, peacefully and transparently removed from a position of power. ASAP.

P.S It's OK to finally indulge the idea that everything is as bad as you think it is if hitting rock-bottom gives you the courage to FIGHT."


  1. I remember reading this one the other day. It said everything I've thought about him.

    1. Same here.

      The longer he's in the White House, the more difficult it's going to be to repair the damage he and his goons do.

  2. This is why I should never write anything. As I stumble over words
    trying to get my thoughts out some one like You, William or Karen writes everything so much clearer than I ever could.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Thanks, Gayle. I didn't write this, just shared it--but the author certainly does get it right.

  3. Over the years, I've had some strong feelings about presidents I didn't vote for and/or didn't agree with, yet I have never really understood some people's rage, outrage, angst, and an assortment of reactions that have left me shocked speechless.

    This rant helps me understand, if only somewhat. Thank you for posting it, Norma.

    1. I've been in the same position, Lynn. But until now, I've never felt a President I didn't vote for could actually be dangerous.

  4. The not quite "Hitler" portion able has been in the back of my mind, and sure. Not quite Hitler, but isn't he bad enough? When you compare Hitler with how Trump has somehow hypnotized certain people into believing in him, no matter what he does, isn't this essentially the same? I was wondering when someone some where would bring that into the forefront, and good. Someone has, but it's a scary thought that we may have a civil war on our hands if something isn't done and soon!

    1. I agree, Lorelei. Already, we have three countries gearing up for a potential war...and if it comes down to a nuclear war, nobody wins.

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    1. There was never any chance I would vote for him. I'm no constitutional lawyer or Biblical scholar, but I am something of an expert in one respect: I know a con when I see one.

  6. Every word true Norma. Not only is he terrorising the US but the world too! I wake up every morning hoping to see those headlines #45 IMPEACHED!

  7. Our hopes are with Mueller, but as long as this president gets chances to name Supreme Court justices, we will be generations recovering from the wounds he leaves. And then there will be scars.

    There have been Presidents I didn't like and didn't vote for, but never did I think any of them would deliberately betray this country's principles or deliberately start a nuclear war or deliberately reduce our proud land to a banana republic. What worries me most is that he's tearing this country apart while Putin is laughing at how easy infiltration has been.


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