America needs to rescue itself from Trump

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Never in the history of the United States has anyone behaved in such a manner as President Donald Trump, who seems totally obsessed with bulldozing his way through anyone or any group to establish some type of dictatorial administration, which otherwise is meant to be the shining light of democracy for the rest of the world.

What is startling to much of the world watching this political rollercoaster are the men and women in the Republican Party who seem reluctant to openly voice disapproval of such conduct from the nation’s leader.

Since taking office, Trump has become known around the globe for issuing nasty tweets on a daily basis, blasting the media and lashing out at anyone who questions his policies, including members of his own administration. America should have seen this coming since his campaigns were geared to incite the disillusioned, and even went as far as to suggest that his supporters should feel free to bash anyone who verbally protested against him.

The writing was clearly on the wall that this man running for the highest office in the land was not displaying values held by most Americans, and that alarm bells should have been sounding throughout the land.

Some felt he was simply appealing to his base supporters with rhetoric he knew would keep them solidly in his corner. In other words, they were giving him the benefit of the doubt, hoping that should he become president, he would abandon such tactics and conduct himself in a manner befitting the dignity of the Oval Office.

In more than six months, there has been no sign that he intends to stop what some observers describe as uncontrollable impulses to react via Twitter to any criticism with words that many feel are inappropriate and demeaning.

Strong allegations that the Russians played a key role in undermining the image of Hillary Clinton to push Trump into the seat of power have him bubbling with rage, and accusing the media of fake news, even though the allegations were substantiated by all of the US intelligence services, including the FBI. The plot thickened considerably when it was revealed that members of the Trump family were found to have had contacts with Russian officials before the election. That set off even further rage from the President, who insisted the Russian inquiry was nothing but fake news, and a witch-hunt designed to discredit his presidency.

Even those who were willing to put aside their strong feelings against Trump’s many harsh words about people he did not like have raised concerns about his ability to handle the full responsibility of the job, which calls for cool thinking under pressure and carefully thought-out statements instead of daily Twitter tirades that not even his Republican supporters feel are helpful.

Many observers around the world are mystified that someone with such erratic tendencies could be projected to the highest office in the land. The American media, whom he has berated as the enemy of the people, have the enormous task of carrying out their duty to reveal truth in the face of a daily barrage of condemnation from the White House.

However, the media must stand their ground because without their persistent digging in what has evolved into a dark political chapter for the nation, basic constitutional values could slowly diminish and weaken their strength.

America has many friends around the world, including our island home Bermuda. Most people never thought they would see a time when bullying tactics and rule by impulse would be the order of the day in the White House, with officials there resorting even to vulgar language in bitter exchanges. It is a sad time for those who still expect decency and respectful deportment from those in key government positions.

That the Boy Scout Association of America felt it appropriate to issue an apology for things said by Trump at a recent scout event certainly indicates that there is growing concern by many that the President should exercise more thoughtfulness when speaking to groups that need encouragement through positive and uplifting remarks to build better citizens.

Regardless of the pressures the President faces with numerous investigations believed to be closing in on alleged links to Russia, he is still expected to conduct the affairs of the nation with dignity and respect.

There are many pressing situations involving people suffering across the globe, with thousands willing to try anything to seek a better life for so much attention to be focused on the political ethics of a nation that should be carrying the torch for justice and freedom.

At the moment there is so much confusion and chaos that the media can hardly keep up with daily developments, much of it coming from the White House. While America continues to play a role in rescuing people in troubled parts of the world, it must also rescue itself from what appears to be a political situation in an almost uncontrollable tailspin.

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Published Jul 31, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 7:23 am)

America needs to rescue itself from Trump

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