You are America. What happens when you’ve lost your morality and your pride?
That question came to me when I read the following (excerpts):
Donald Trump’s adult sons run their father’s business, which he owns and profits from. The ethical implications of this arrangement are already a mess without precedent in American history.
The Washington Post reported:
Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric’s wife, Lara – have ramped up their engagement with the Republican Party’s national political operation, having met privately with GOP leaders to share their concerns and outlook.
Their appearance at the RNC irked at least two prominent Republicans, who wondered whether it was appropriate for the president’s sons, who run the Trump family real estate business, to be highly involved in discussing the party’s strategy and resources.
The president’s sons reportedly pressed Republican officials at the gathering to do more to “help reignite [Trump’s] political base.”
What was the purpose of Trump handing over his business operations to his sons, if his sons are as politically involved as he is? Does that bother you, America?
The ethical controversies with this family are so common, they effectively serve as background noise that the political world hardly notices anymore, but that’s a shame, because his dynamic is tough to defend.
It’s bad enough that the firewalls that are supposed to exist have already broken down.
Other Presidents have put their assets into blind trusts, to avoid any appearance of unethical self-dealing. Because you “religious” right-wing followers don’t seem to care about ethics, Trump won’t care either. He is a product of you, America.
Two months ago, after saying he doesn’t discuss business with his father, Eric Trump conceded he intends to go over quarterly reports from the Trump Organization with the president, exploring “profitability reports and stuff like that.”
Not only do you, Trump’s “religious” followers, not show any concern about ethics, your “law-and-order” Republican party doesn’t seem to care about ethics, either. For them, it is party above country.
You are America. If your President and the party that dominates the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Supreme Court, and most U.S. state governments don’t care about ethics, where does that leave you, America?
I have come to the feeling that you have seen so much political crime, you have become immune. You no longer are shocked by anything.
The Trump University scam. Who cares that your President is such a criminal he had to pay a $25 million fine? Not you, America.
The Trump Foundation scam. Who cares that your President’s “charitable” foundation was fined for violated tax laws by giving $25 thousand to the campaign of Attorney General Pam Bondi, who in return for the bribe decided not to pursue the Trump University case? You don’t care.
Trump cheated employees. Who cares that your President cheated thousands of employees? Certainly not FOXNews, Breitbart, and their audience. Trump has told them it’s smart to cheat people, especially to cheat people who don’t have the wherewithal to fight back. Apparently, you agree, America.
Trump cheated small business owners. Who cares that your President cheated hundreds, of small business people, destroying their livelihood? Trump is proud of his business acumen. That is what you believe “makes you great again.”
Trump cheated on his wives. Who cares that your President cheated on his wives?. You, on the “religious” right — you pretend concern about infidelity. You pray to God, but you support a boor who boasts about his unfaithfulness.
Trump is a pervert. Who cares that your President not only is being sued for sexual assault but has denied it, then admitted it, and laughed about it on tape? Not you “good” Americans who continue to support him.
Is it any surprise to you America, that Trump wants to take your benefits from the poor and give them to the rich? The man, who wears your face, is thoroughly amoral.
There was a time when you could walk tall anywhere in the world, proud to be America. Trump has taken the reason for pride from you.
You no longer are the world’s moral leader. You have traded your decency for bigotry.
You have followed your President down the path of hatred — hatred for Muslims, hatred of gays, hatred for Mexicans, hatred of the poor, hatred for the uneducated, hatred of immigrants, hatred for all foreigners and anyone different from you.
You are America, but that is nothing to swell pride in your chest. You care nothing for integrity. You are the “me-first, me-only” generation. You are the, “Screw you, I’ve got mine” generation. You are the “Kick the underdog when he’s down” generation.
Go to any foreign nation, and you are Donald Trump. What they think about Trump, they think about you. He bears your image. He tweets your words.
Once you were a great nation, but no longer. You now are a mean-spirited, lying, petty, unscrupulous people, who go to pray one day, then excuse your President’s evils the rest of the week.
You were a great people who saved the world from totalitarianism. But that was many years and several generations ago. You aren’t the same people, anymore.
Don’t teach your children the Pledge of Allegiance. You don’t believe the words, “liberty and justice for all.”
Don’t march in a Memorial Day parade honoring real heroes. You and Trump, the draft dodger, don’t belong among them.
Don’t bother to strut carrying the Stars & Stripes in one hand and the Ten Commandments in another, and the Bible balanced on your head. You aren’t fooling anyone. The world doesn’t admire you. You have lost your morality and your pride.
And if this makes you angry, don’t blame the messenger.
You are America. You are Donald Trump.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell