To say I expected to find myself in a better world by the time I chugged into the final depot is putting it mildly. Regrettably, we find ourselves in a time where up is down and wrong is right. Let me tell you what I mean.
I have trouble understanding the protests by gun owners against simple gun control measures. No one is coming after their guns. No one mentions repealing the Second Amendment. In fact, the amendment actually begins with “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state ...” Regulated means controlled.
Then I read a few comments on a related online post. One person said we should all be armed so we could protect ourselves. In reply, someone else opined that we needed some gun control in an effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and psychopaths, to which the first person demanded, “Show me in the Constitution where it says ‘except.’” Wrong is right.
People seem to overlook a lot when it comes to the behavior of Donald J. Trump. But when it comes to a 20-minute halftime show that’s flashy, energetic, and shows an enormous amount of memorization, choreographic skills and vocal talent, they are apoplectic about the costumes and the routine. “Children are watching that Super Bowl!” they said.
Female singers don’t dress that much different for the concerts they do, yet parents willingly drive their 13-year-old children to them. Female circus entertainers in skimpy costumes perform on poles, tightropes and trapezes, and parents take their youngsters to that. Up is down.
President Trump says he doesn’t know somebody when a multitude of photos, taken at private dinners and meetings, show otherwise. The president says tearing up a copy of his State of the Union speech is a crime. It isn’t. How about changing a weather map with a Sharpie, though?
Enlisting the help of a foreign entity for personal benefit is a crime, but apparently as long as you insist every chance you get that there was no “quid pro quo,” all evidence to the contrary can be denied.
Trump wasn’t confident enough to let things play out in the impeachment process. His claim innocence wasn’t going to cut it, so he refused to testify under oath, withheld requested documents, and suggested or ordered witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas. Then he tweeted nonstop during the Senate trial. He knew that he wouldn’t be held in contempt and that his tweets would keep the Senate “jury” in line. They did.
In the impeachment trial in the Senate, Republicans voted to acquit the president on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Too intimidated to do “impartial justice,” they dishonored their pretrial oath without batting an eye. Just to be on the safe side, some claimed that the quid pro quo related to Ukraine wasn’t even a crime.
I never thought I’d live to see the day when a political party was literally afraid to do its check-and-balance duty with regard to the conduct of a sitting president. I never thought I’d see the day when politicians let a sitting president get away with one thing after another, using a litany of limp excuses to defend him. When the limp excuses fail, they simply say, “He did nothing wrong.”
Trump constantly attempts to throw his crimes and misdemeanors on anyone and everyone else, so often in fact that any rational mind would think that perhaps he “dost protest [and project] too much.”
I’m confused as to whether Trump supports our military or not. While he claims to, his remarks about the late Sen. John McCain and his belittling of a Gold Star family who spoke out against him makes Trump’s support questionable. His actions against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was wounded in Iraq in 2004 and awarded a Purple Heart, seems to remove all doubt. Vindman testified under oath at the impeachment inquiry because he was subpoenaed to do so. The president fired him from his position on the National Security Council because he didn’t ignore the subpoena or lie, and fired his brother, too, for good measure. Wrong is right.
I won’t get into the Roger Stone sentencing fiasco except to say that if there’s a way to poison the public’s positive views about America’s independent institutions, Trump finds it and uses it to his advantage.
So, wrong is right, up is down, and Trump is, regrettably, Trump. Fortunately, driving the train doesn’t set its course. That’s up to us.
Patricia Weller writes from Emmitsburg and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.