By SUSAN K. SMITH
Crazy Faith Ministries
The recurring argument that is heard about the impeachment of, and general opposition to, the current president is that the Democrats are mad that he won the election, and that is the basis for their consistent attacks on him.
Whenever there is an election and one’s candidate does not win, there is disappointment and anger, and a fear that the person who won the election will bode ill for a group of people. That is part of the political system.
But for this president, it is not just that he won the election. He is right – he shouldn’t have won – but he ran a better campaign in the end, going to places and talking with people that Hillary Clinton ignored. Thanks to the Electoral College, he won. If Russia, or however Russia interfered, the plan worked and he won.
The thing that gets many, however, is not the victory of this president, but his behavior. While his base seems to love his crassness and his embrace of language that inflames emotions and supports dangerous behavior on the part of people who are clearly itching to make their protestations heard, many people are simply turned off by what he does and what he says.
The examples of his objectionable behavior are many, but there are some that stick out. His putting down of Sen. John McCain, dismissing his service and denigrating his status as a war hero was beyond the pale. His attack on the parents of a slain American soldier, who also happened to be Muslim, is another example, according to The New York Times.
When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, causing massive damage, his idea of support was to go to that island and throw paper towels to some who were in attendance in what looked to be a very small venue, as reported by The Washington Post.
His swearing at his rallies has been offensive to many, not because people are prudish, but because that kind of language is not befitting of a leader, especially not the leader of what has been the “greatest” nation in the world, as seen on YouTube.
His apparent admiration and respect for world dictators, people who have historically shown no love for America, also makes the list of objectionable behavior. He seems to be joined at the hip to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to CNN and RollCall.com. His letter to Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Ergodan was as far away from being representative of a so-called civilized society as anything could be, as reported by CNN.
From the beginning of his appearance as a political figure, he has debased, insulted, and ridiculed nearly everyone who has not shown blind loyalty and obedience to him. The name-calling in which he consistently is engaged is not only juvenile but embarrassing, reminiscent of behavior most of us experienced or participated in in elementary and middle school.
No, many are not happy that he won the election; from the outside, it looks like he is systematically dismantling the federal government as we have known it for over 200 years. He is alienating our allies and setting the nation up as a lone wolf in a world in which there are many who are itching to take America down. That can’t make anyone happy. He is not making America safe for democracy or for anything else; he is laying the foundation for this country to be an oligarchy even while he says that the Democrats are killing our government. His gaslighting skills are, frankly, excellent.
But the emotions that people are feeling have less to do about being angry that he won and more to do with a nagging belief that this president has no morals, and that he is cutting away at the very things that made America “great” in the eyes of the world.
What took 200 years to build, to adjust and readjust to make this a country worth emulating is being cut down. This president is disrespecting institutions and individuals; he is making this presidency all about himself and not about the masses of people he was elected to represent.
And that, I am afraid, is what people are so angry about.
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith is the founder and director of Crazy Faith Ministries. Her latest book, Rest for the Justice-Seeking Soul, is now available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. She is available for speaking. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.