Oy, oy, oy, there is so much hand wringing in the news about Trump. There is so much out there that I can't keep up or make comments in timely fashion. Then there is the gay shooting in Orlando which is driving more conversations about Trump as well as arguments about gun control. Finally, there is the Trump University controversy about a judge's ability to be impartial - again, Trump is in the center of this. And the Republicans! Some of them falling in line behind Trump.
Trump, Trump, Trump - and not in a chanting adoring way.
Timothy Egan had a wonderful article about how history will judge the people of this time. The article is titled A Week for All Time.
They will remember, a century from now, who stood up to the tyrant Donald Trump and who found it expedient to throw out the most basic American values — the “Vichy Republicans,” as the historian Ken Burns called them in his Stanford commencement speech.The shrug from Mitch McConnell, the twisted explanation of Paul Ryan, who said Trump is a racist and a xenophobe, but he’s ours — party before country. As well, the duck-and-hide Republicans, so quick to whip out their pocket copy of the Constitution, now nowhere to be seen when the foundation of that same document is under assault by the man carrying their banner.They will remember, in classrooms and seminars, those who wrote Trump off as entertainment, a freak show and ratings spike, before he tried to muzzle a free press, and came for you — using a page from another tyrant, Vladimir Putin, admired by the homegrown monster.... They will remember, in a week that gave us a scary peek into the heart of American darkness, how the civil ties that bind a nation of people from all nations could be shredded. The blood from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, no less a battlefield than Shiloh or Bull Run, was not yet dry when Trump was congratulating himself — a sleep-deprived narcissist on a morning me high. The worst mass shooting in American history was not about the murder of everyday people; it was about him: “Appreciate the congrats for being right.”
And Paul Ryan: he is voting for Trump, albeit weakly and with some objections to the racist comments, because Trump will promote the Republican conservative agenda. So it's the party before the people's welfare? The good of the party before the good of the country? So he and others in the Republican party will overlook the bigotry, the hatred, the underlying violence, just as long as the Republican agenda is moved forward?
The end does not justify the means!
You can't use bigotry and violence to get to where you want to go. And so, if Trump is voted in, all of history will judge ill of the American people for their appalling choice. The top leaders will be remembered through history in infamy, forever and forever.