To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Monday, April 22, 2024


I Choose To Fight


The recent displays of childish pique by what passes as president of our great country has triggered something in me that I thought was long dormant, the will and the desire to fight back. I asked myself what I’m fighting back against. As I pondered this basic question, a litany of disturbing and open attacks on the rule of law, our professional public servants, the environment and the middle and poorer classes of hard-working Americans emerged.

Let me begin with a couple of quotes from very-well known and prize-winning writers. The first is from Eric Hoffer in the True Believer:

It is the true believer’s ability to “shut his eyes and stop his ears” to facts that do not deserve to be either seen or heard which is the source of unequaled fortitude and constancy. He cannot be frightened by danger, nor disheartened by obstacle, nor baffled by contradictions, because he denies their existence.

The second piece was written in 1951 by Hannah Arendt, titled Origins of Totalitarianism:

The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction … and the distinction between true and false no longer exist.

This massive con game began in earnest for the American public on that fateful day when a very small man in a very large body descended a golden escalator to tell the world what a racist, hateful, dystopian wretch he was. In so doing, he placed himself above all others, our own government and the media that he depended on to support his con game.

For those who felt they were getting the short-end of the stick, for those businessmen who wanted no regulations or controls on their abilities to make even more profits, for the racists who had been holding their tongues of hate and bigotry, and for those disenchanted by the gridlock in Congress that made them not trust their government even though they elected those very grid lockers.

Donald Trump saw the primitive needs and outbursts of those who lacked the intellectual agility to work out their grievances through proper, available channels and allowed their latent rage within to explode in a fetid fealty to perhaps the least qualified person ever to lead anything, never mind a great nation.

So, as with any con man, Trump played the anger card, the race card, the self-pity card and the xenophobia card. Oh, right. The self-absorbed oppressed needed a scapegoat. Obama was leaving office, so their anger, hatred and self-pity had to be channeled elsewhere. It couldn’t, after all, be their fault that they weren’t getting ahead. No, it turned out to be “Let’s get another tattoo and blame those damned Mexicans for our sloth and lack of ability.” It’s so much easier to blame all one’s ills on “the other,” so that’s what they did and Donald Trump was their cheerleader and hero. But there’s much more.

There is the malignant narcissistic personality disorder that drives the Id and the mouth of this pathetic, wretch, Donald Trump. He has always wanted to walk with the elite, but the elite – as he sees them – won’t have anything to do with him because he is a terrible business man, completely unethical and wholly unlikable. Why? Because everything in Trump’s life is about himself. Even as “president,” it is about himself. And while he’s making himself into a daily spectacle of lunacy, he keeps blasting the media, the tool that makes him famous, so that his minions and followers will despise them too and not trust any truth that they might write. The events surrounding his impeachment/trial period have created the next phase of this monster.

Now, it’s vindication time. It will soon be clear to all, if it isn’t already, that Trump’s psychopathy will manifest itself in ways no other president – not even Nixon – would even consider. He is going after the soul of our democracy and doesn’t care a damn about the consequences. It is now that he will use his attorney general to purge all his enemies, real and imagined. He will use his attorney general, someone equally compromised as to the actual letter of the law and his own bizarre interpretation of the Constitution, to interfere in the DOJ to ease the sentences for his old, still faithful cronies.

Yes, readers, that is exactly what happens in a despotic dictatorship. This is more that cronyism. This is outright usurpation of the rule of law. The Constitution and our laws are now just small hurdles for this president to step over on his way to … what? A second term? Really? Really. Then what? What then? Who will be next on the block? How many generals and professional staff, lawyers and operations chiefs will be purged because they wouldn’t hold the flag, raise their right hands and pledge an oath of obedience and loyalty to Donald Jump Trump? Not to the Constitution. Not to the people of this once proud democratic republic, but to a creature with such severe psychological damage coupled with an abject lack of knowledge about anything other than his own pathetic self and his drooling, barely coherent, corrupt offspring.

I’ve had enough. At my advanced age, I still have energy left to honor those who fell defending our Constitution and our liberties. My best tool is my keyboard, but I will write and call and knock on doors this year to advance the election possibilities of every candidate opposing a Republican. Obviously, I will work wherever I can to promote the Democratic Party’s nominee to unseat Trump.

The No. 1 priority in this nation, at least for thinking and caring adults, is to remove Donald Trump from office as quickly as possible so the disinfecting of the White House can begin immediately. That stupid wall must be dismantled and the materials used for housing the indigent, the homeless and the poor. There must be re-establishment of the institutions and laws and safeguards that he has destroyed and release the immigrant children from those goddamned cages and reunite them with their families.

But there is much to do meantime. Those of you having media and A/V capabilities should create compendiums of Trump’s rallies where he throws up all over the American people and himself and make them viral on YouTube and other outlets. Bloomberg just released a campaign ad that does just that and compares Trump’s toilet mouth with real eloquence from actual civic leaders – i.e., every other president we have on tape. We must go to the offices of Republicans and make sure they hear the protests and the consequences for their cowardice and stupidity. Then, walk over to the offices of the Democratic candidate – it won’t matter who – and volunteer to spread their word, get voters registered and stuff envelopes.

No task is too small, but each task is critical in the fight for our very country and our Constitution. Please join me in this fight. It may be our last as free men and women if we don’t win it.

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Vern Turner
Vern Turner
Denver resident Vern Turner is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer. His latest book, Why Angels Weep: America and Donald Trump, is available through Amazon.
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