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.
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.
Our country’s slide from a vulnerable, teetering democracy into a quasi-fascist state after the election of the despot Donald Trump was, of course, the biggest news event of 2017, providing both darkness and clarity when it comes to the American experiment.
When the real analysis begins years from now about the demise of the United States empire and its democracy, two major occurrences will be at the forefront of why the country collapsed.