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THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: MAKING AMERICA GROPE AGAIN


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I bet you thought I was going to talk about the type of groping that Donald Trump bragged about before the election!   That was probably a dirty trick on my part.  No, I want to talk about a different type of groping.  The type of grope I want to talk about is on where a person is searching, or reaching out to find something in the dark.  It’s a kind of search that could possibly be in vain, for what we grope for may not actually be there.

Before the last election I wrote a series of 10 blog posts that I used to explain reasons why I could not under any circumstances vote for Donald Trump.   At this point, 60+ days into the Trump Administration, Donald has verified every single fear that I had at the time.  However, the one I want to concentrate on was “Reason Four: Strategic Lies”.

In that post I brought out the fact that researchers had determined that almost 3 out of every 4 statements made by Donald Trump was either completely false or contained false information. After 60+ days in office, the pattern continues.  Those of you who voted for him, knowing about his lies, were probably hoping that the mantle of the Presidency would somehow magically cause him to realize that lying from the oval office is just not something a President would do.  No such luck here folks!  He lies without consequence.  At least so far, his lies have no consequence. Unfortunately, lies that come from the President of the United States are far more serious than lies that come from a candidate for the Presidency.

Donald lies about things that most of us would consider “stupid”.   A perfect example of a “stupid” lie is the one he told about the size of his inauguration day crowds in Washington.  Why would anyone lie about something that is so easily proven to be false?  The crowds photographed on both of Obama’s inauguration days were significantly larger than those on Donald’s inauguration day.  In fact, it wasn’t even close.  But here is the real issue.   Why would he lie about that?   The answer is, because he has always gotten away with lying without real penalty.   He lies because he can, and because there has never been a penalty.  Another reason is that the size of the crowd could be an open window that reveals his lack of popularity with anyone but the group described by the Washington Post as the “Breitbart cheering section”.

Now that Donald resides in the White House, his constant lying is taking on a more ominous tone. About a week after one of his ignorant and ill-advised lies about Obama “wiretapping” has been debunked in Congressional testimony, he continues responding with more lies.  That testimony I will remind you also revealed that the Trump campaign is under FBI investigation for potential “coordination” with Russia.

How does his constant spouting of fact-free utterances affect the country and more specifically, his Presidency?  To put it clearly, any credibility he had in this world is now concentrated in the 36% of Americans who still view him favorably.   Of course that means 64% view him unfavorably.  My friends, that is a record for a sitting President.  No one I know is surprised by that.

Donald Trump did not come into his office with any real credibility.  He didn’t have a mandate for legislative action.  The majority of Americans did not vote for him.  However, with all of the ignorant and childish behavior and lies, he has lost what credibility he had.  When one lies for a living, one can’t expect others to believe him even if he is telling the truth.  He lied to all of us who listened throughout his campaign.  Remember the wall that Mexico was going to pay for?  No one in their right mind would believe that one. Now, we are paying for that with our taxes.  Remember repealing Obamacare on the first day of his Presidency?  Remember the promise to insure all Americans.  More lies.   Remember the promise to return coal miners to their jobs?  Not possible, and has never been possible.  He can’t help himself.  He is, above all, a liar, the likes of which we have never seen.  His constant lies make him a disgrace to the Presidency.

So now, America literally gropes for leadership!  You read that right.  The country is reaching out and trying to grasp onto the hope that a leader will emerge in the Whitehouse.  He has even less legitimacy now than the day he took office. No one can trust him, or believe him.  Americans can’t trust him.  Foreign leaders can’t trust him.  The result is that our country is rapidly becoming a cruel joke on the rest of the world.   American leadership in the world community is declining rapidly.  Sadly, we have only ourselves to blame.  We elected a lying, cheating,  childish, unqualified person to lead the country.  We elected a man who is so full of himself that he sees no reason to grow up and be an adult.  He is at best, a despicable human with no qualities that would make anything but a horrible impression on the country, and the world.  Sixty days into his Presidency, he has not fulfilled any of his promises.  To those of us who did not, and will not, ever support him, he has behaved exactly as we knew he would.  He doesn’t seem to be bearing the weight of his actions.  That can not be said of the country he is incapable of leading.

Now at a time when we literally grope for leadership, we grope in the dark without any hope of finding it in the Whitehouse.  If you expect that it will get better you are fooling yourselves.   When one gropes for something that is not there, one comes up empty every time.  The saddest part of this story is that most of us knew it would be that way long before he was elected.

It is maddening to watch his surrogates do everything they can to foolishly cover up his ignorant rants.  The truth is, they know he is lying, and for the sake of their jobs, they say “Yes Mr. President, I will do as you say!”   In the beginning (60+ days ago) I wondered if there was ever going to be someone in the Administration that would stand up to him.  Sadly, it is obvious that person doesn’t exist.  Anyone looking for consistent truth coming from the Trump Administration is groping in the dark.  Sadly, Donald is making America Grope Again!

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