An Even Handed Appraisal

 

On this early Sunday morning, I’ve been doing a bit of soul searching… seeking resolution to the following disparate issues…

On the one hand… I’ve been lambasting Donald Trump and his supporters for their isolationist stance… their insistence on building walls instead of bridges… their favoring fist punches over handshakes.

On the other hand… I’ve been condemning the “prez” for his Helsinki Summit and post Summit conduct… his fatal attraction for Vladimir Putin… his even inviting that Russian to park his butt inside the Oval Office come October, no less!

Of course… when taken at face value… could not such meetings be interpreted as feeble attempts at bridge building and handshaking? After all, any normal, sharp-witted president understands the value of knowing thy enemies… keeping close tabs on them… and, if possible, maintaining productive dialogues.

Of course, when it comes down to the current “prez”, is word usage such as “normal” and “sharp-witted” even apropos? I think not. To describe Trump’s Helsinki conduct one does free associate the “T” word… “T” as in TREASONOUS!

Needless to say, our two POVs are worlds apart… HELL… lightyears apart.

On the one hand… Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy is based upon fear, not facts. His vilification of entire ethnicities and religious sects is built upon his flat-out FLIMSY PREMISE… namely… that even one immigrant with a criminal record means that the rest of them must all be guilty as hell, too. I cannot say it enough so I’ll say it again… that is the “prez’s” flat-out FLIMSY PREMISE!

The reality of the situation is all that actually matters. The number of lawbreakers pales in comparison to the vastly larger amount of honorable asylum seeking immigrants, whose only “offense”, to date, has been their illegal border crossings. I’d have to commend, not condemn and criminalize anyone, who is fleeing their own homelands’ crime, corruption and oppression.

On the other hand… my vilification of Putin… is based on facts. To e.g. this…

Bad Vlad’s Rap Sheet includes ruthlessly bombing Syrian civilians… killing at least 25,000 Chechen civilians… aiding and abetting terrorists in Ukraine… and… shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014 (killing 298 innocent passengers and crew). He is also suspected of bombing two Moscow apartment buildings killing hundreds… the mysterious killings of Russian democrats, journalists and opposition leaders… the poisonings of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK… and… plotting to assassinate the prime minister of Montenegro, Milo Dukanović.

Which raises the $64 Billion Questions… how can Trump flip off innocent immigrants YET flip head over heals over the guilty as Hell Putin? Would we not expect him to extend his xenophobic feelings so they’d be inclusive of Putin?

Of course, Trump’s supporters need to do a bit of soul searching, too…

On the one hand… you guys are finding it way too easy to buy into your “prez’s” fear mongering which unfairly singles out Latinos / Latinas and Muslims yet…

On the other hand… you guys are way too easily setting aside such fears when they are most needed. Never forget that your “prez”, in sucking up to war criminal Putin. That Russian butcher is the clear and present danger to America! And IF (IF?) Trump is colluding with Putin, then both of them are clear and present dangers to America!

Any normal, sharp-witted person could plainly see how Vladimir Putin poses the far greater risk here… poses an actual, serious and imminent threat to America’s safety and public interests.

Of course, when it comes down to Trump supporters, is the usage of words such as “normal” and “sharp-witted” even apropos?

I sure do hope so. As I type this… as you read this… the survival of America’s democracy and freedom is at stake! Now, more than ever, we must have an electorate in full possession of its faculties.