A Few Thoughts on DJT…

So here’s the thing about Donald Trump that many people either don’t seem to know or simply refuse to acknowledge: he’s going to say whatever he thinks the people want to hear him say, whatever will allow him to get his way, to get whatever it is he wants, not for you or me or any of them, but for himself, his ego, and his bank account. He does not care about anyone other than himself. It boggles my mind how many people refuse to see through this, and how, even when they do, they turn a blind eye to it because it’s a means to an end for them to get something they want that he has (or seemingly has, or pretends that he has…), wealth, notoriety, people falling at his feet. I don’t know.

And the other part of that is, he’ll say it to get what he wants, but at the end of the day he’s going to do whatever he wants, even if it’s completely opposite from what he said. He’ll always find a way to spin it to avoid any sort of blame or responsibility.

He has no honor. No moral compass. No compassion.

He will step on people to get ahead, even if an hour earlier he’d claimed they were amazing, wonderful, good people. They’re only amazing, wonderful, good people in so far as he can use them for something. When he’s done with them, and they can no longer provide him any benefit, or they somehow become a liability, he’ll toss them aside and set fire to the idea that he ever associated with them.

I could list examples all day long—that’s how many times he’s repeated this same cycle and how many people he’s thrown under the bus to save himself. And while I could list for you, it would make this one of the longest blog posts ever…!

Examples are both plentiful and easy enough to find: just type “examples of Trump throwing people under the bus” into Google OR click here if you don’t feel like typing it!

And he’ll do this, and the next person will come along and overlook it, because they want or need him to get themselves ahead too, while foolishly believing that they are somehow better than the previous people and that he would never do it to them. Just ask Michael Cohen, Mo Brooks, et al. Everything and everyone just becomes a part of his trail of devastation—just wreckage in his path.

And I think about this, and I think about some of the intrinsically good people I have known who support him, and I can’t wrap my head around it.

If your best friend in your daily life treated you like he treats people, would you really keep them on as a friend? Would you be okay with your own children behaving like that? Lying and cheating and using people? Playing dumb and ignorant when they get caught?

I really don’t think you would. I think you’re smarter than that. And that’s really the thing that just makes it so hard to understand. You’re smarter than that!

So why then, why do you buy the bullshit he sells? And keep buying it, even after you realize it looks and smells like the bullshit it is?

He didn’t run for president because he wanted to help people; he ran because he wanted to help himself and his cohorts to further enrich themselves. Which is exactly what he did during his term as president.

What did he do to help you?

Listen, I’m a poor, anxious country girl at heart. I’m no big city elitist. I care about people. I care about this country. I believe that a person’s word should be their bond. I keep my promises. I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. But I don’t go around knocking other people down just to point and laugh at them. I’ve never taken from someone who had less than me (not only has Trump done exactly that, but he keeps doing it!) just because I could. Have you? I doubt that you have.

In real, everyday life, most people want to see the good. I will even take that one step further. I believe that in real, everyday life, most people want to BE THE GOOD. I don’t know what gets in the way of that? Struggling to make the bills, working 60-80-hour weeks, worrying about how you’re going to get your car fixed or your heating oil tank filled? Stress can do that to a person, get in the way of their ability to be the good in the world that they want to be. It really can.

Guess which party doesn’t give a hoot about any of that? Guess which ones do?

I’m not a hardcore Democrat. I prefer to vote on issues and not party lines, but I haven’t been able to do that for quite some time. I’d really like the opportunity to vote issues again instead of having to always choose the lesser evil and have things just continue status quo. Yes, change is scary. But change can also be good. Especially if that change is going to lead to less stress and worry about things like getting those bills paid, feeding the family, fixing the car, getting sick and missing work…

I’m not here to say that all Democrats are squeaky clean—they’re not. But there are more of them with their hearts in the right place and whose words I can count on than there have ever been in the Republican party.

I want to live in a country where everyone has enough. A country where everyone has the same opportunities available to them. A country where no single person is more valuable than any other single person.

It doesn’t have to be the way it is now. Things can change for the better. We just all need to stop letting the parties pit us against each other and choose instead to work together toward common goals.

The enemy isn’t the people.

The real enemies are the ones trying to keep us all busy fighting amongst ourselves while they line their pockets with the fruits of our sweat, blood and tears. The real enemies here are the corporations and the ultra-rich along with their watchdog lobbyists who buy their way into politics so that they’ll never have to actually pitch in and we’ll never fight back because we’re too busy putting in those 40 to 60 to 80 hours a week and worrying about money and housing and educating our kids. Those are the things we should all be fighting—not each other out here in the working poor world.

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A. Voice

A. Voice is a freelance writer and amateur political enthusiast. She is passionate about motivating people to exercise their voting power toward affecting the changes needed to make this world a cleaner, safer, more equitable place for all.

Her educational background includes a BA in Communication and a lifetime of informal, self-directed study across a wide range of subject areas.

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