We Interrupt This Fishing Trip…

…to ask a few fundamental questions.

Where is the decency?

Where is the introspection?

Where is the sense of right and wrong when there is a clear right and wrong, the sense of good and bad when there is clear good and bad, the sense of good and evil when there is clear good and evil?

Where is the capacity to experience, let alone express, feeling, empathy, and compassion?

Watch Saturday’s statement:  it was read mechanically, coldly, and without emotion or expression by a man who lives to speak off the cuff.  The words were awful and empty and without emotion, any feelings hidden by the words of others, and when he tried to extemporize because he can never resist the desire to extemporize he revealed a hollowness that surpassed even what so many of us have suspected for so long.  Tuesday’s words were even worse – worse because given the luxury of time and the opportunity for introspection and consideration and contemplation and consultation they not only were no better but they were worse:  arrogant, unapologetic, unrepentant, even hostile.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  It doesn’t require a Hollywood script writer.

It requires… heart.

But you have to have heart to show heart, and the absence of heart in a person holding a position of such power is disheartening and appalling and frightening and just plain awful.

 

 

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  • Barbara Snyder  On August 15, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    And yet, I know trump supporters who are not horrified. I had a “yet” in that last sentence but I took it out because I doubt they will ever wake up. Back to your vacation, sir.

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On August 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Well said. Thank you. And the failure of other leaders in his party to speak out against him and his horrendous “base” at this time just reinforces that they are not…leaders, among other things. And certainly not American heroes, at a time when we badly need heroes.

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On August 16, 2017 at 7:10 am

      To be fair, some of the other leaders of his party, if not speaking out against him, have articulated views about the events in Charlottesville that are similar to many of us. Orrin Hatch, for example – not exactly The Curmudgeon’s favorite senator – tweeted that “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”

      • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On August 16, 2017 at 10:03 am

        You’re right. Hatch spoke out on the trans issue, too. But Paul Ryan has been missing and even when he says the right thing in Twitter, he is covering his ass. It’s disgusting.

      • foureyedcurmudgeon  On August 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

        The deal with Ryan, in my view, is that he sees that Trump doesn’t really care about any public policy matters and believes that in the absence of any specific Trump views, he can push the Ryan agenda, which is pretty radical. I suspect that Ryan will be the last guy to jump off the Trump train because he believes that staying on it, no matter how awful the ride, will get him what he wants.

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On August 17, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Well, my hope is these gutless wonders get voted out as soon as possible.

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