Even the most unintelligent among us know that separating two-year-old children from their parents inflicts a trauma on them that will probably last a lifetime, leading to severe mental illness. The act of the separation is, of course, child abuse. The rule not to allow physical contact with children, such as simply holding a crying baby, is abuse. Yet officials and parents like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders support Trump’s policy with Biblical references and disingenuous rhetorical posturing.
The television screen made Barr popular and rich but it was a screen connected to the web through Twitter that once and for all glaringly showed the world that her internal hatred and racism actually helped fueled her career by giving her a large audience that somehow can relate to her. So let’s not forget Barr’s persona is a creation of collective hatred disseminated on a screen to an adoring crowd. She didn’t suddenly become a racist or someone who would support the racist President Donald Trump. Her fame qualified the hate, masked its stench.
We can all understand the dilemma mainstream media outlets face. Does the very act of just reporting on Trump’s latest bizarre tweet or action normalize it to some degree? Should Trump simply be ignored at times? The answer is yes to both questions. But the real answer to righteously covering the immoral Trump is to discard the old “both sides” rhetorical format used by journalists and state the truth unequivocally.
Hope rests not with conventional strategies but with adopting a clear agenda that includes but is not limited to Medicare for all, a guaranteed basic income for all people, affordable housing, strengthening Social Security, student loan debt forgiveness, free college tuition and an aggressive response by our government to global warming. All these initiatives are genuinely possible despite the claims of some establishment Democrats, such as U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
So just how long will the Republican Party leadership and Trump’s supporters continue to support a president who obviously cannot be trusted to speak truthfully at any level in his professional and about his personal life? Harvard University should do a psychological measurement study before we no longer live in a democracy. The question is rhetorical and existential as well, and, as gaudy as the once-upon-a-time story of the president and the porn star might be, it’s important to the well-being of what’s left of our declining democracy.
Will the United States continue to be governed by an authoritarian and anti-democratic narcissist surrounded by unqualified sycophants and opportunists or will it elect decisive Democratic Party majorities in the House and Senate that will provide desperately needed checks and balances on President Donald Trump’s chaotic tyranny?