I taught my children that lying, stealing, cheating, and bullying are wrong. We have now awarded the highest prize to a man who lies, cheats, steals, threatens, and intimidates to get what he wants. Republicans may claim the government, but their days of claiming moral authority are over. Yet claim it they will, as usual. Reality is whatever the producers want it to be, and we gobble it up as truth. We live in a web of lies where deception is the norm. We live in America.
What shall we do about it?
Republicans made easy sport of portraying Barack Obama as Hitler, Satan, the anti-Christ, a lawless tyrant, and a lying dictator. President Obama was none of those, of course. Also, of course, Donald Trump is neither Hitler, Satan, nor the anti-Christ.
Nonetheless, he has long shown signs of the lawless tyrant and lying dictator. And what say his supporters about that? Not a thing. Except for a small handful of detractors in the Republican Party (bless them), they are his obsequious defenders.
Never mind asking how they can defend his lies, insults, bad behavior, his lack of interest in the problem of Russian hacking, and oh so many, many other things. The point is that Donald Trump has the unwavering support of the Republican Party.
That alone points to the moral bankruptcy of that body. And, unfortunately, the moral bankruptcy of the collective knows as “we the People.”
Not all of us, however are content with this lurid episode in American history. Some of us are unapologetically compelled to stand against authoritarianism, for we understand the direction in which we travel.