I hear you

I hear you

“I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END! History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!” – Trump tweet 2-22-18

I watched as much as I could of Trumps “listening” session with survivors, parents and teachers of school shooting tragedies at the White House Wednesday. And despite Trumps tweet above, the mere mention of arming teachers from the mouth of the President of the United States is the validation of a horrible idea.

The reason I say I tried to watch as much as I could had nothing to do with the sorrow, sadness, or emotions spilling out among the parents, siblings and friends, I could handle that. I was adsorbed by the pain and hurt they were feeling. But what I couldn’t handle, what made my blood boil was the fake compassion and empathy “our” President displayed to these wounded people. I am relieved that these hurt souls had the opportunity to share their grief and concerns with the nation but watching Trump, it was very clear, that this was a made for TV moment for him and he failed.

Stuart Stevens, a Republican consultant made this assessment of Trump last year;  “Ultimately, I think a lack of empathy is just one piece of a portrait of a person who is unbalanced and damaged. He has spent his life in a bubble, surrounded by hired yes men and women who have never told his inner child to grow up.” and Trump’s lack of empathy and compassion was on full display yesterday. He couldn’t click, he couldn’t connect with these damaged souls circled around, he simply couldn’t be a human being.

My wife and I were eating dinner last night and she asked had I watched the “listening” session? I told her I tried but I just couldn’t stomach watching Trump and how detached he was from the reality of the sorrow that surrounded him. And then she showed me the picture above.

My first reaction was the monogram on his cuff, 45. I told my wife, what kind of egotistical buffoon would have 45 monogrammed on the cuff of his shirt and then I remembered what egotistical buffoon we were talking about. But my wife said no, look at the note he is holding, look at #5, “I hear you”.

Think about that for a moment, “I hear you”. Here is a guy that is the father of five, the grandfather of eight and he needs a #5 on his crib notes, a reminder to be sympathetic, and emphatic, a prompt to be a human being?

I keep hoping and praying that something inside of Trumps head clicks. We all know that he loves and adores the power of being President, just look at the monogram on his shirt cuff. But when is he going to accept the responsibilities of the office? The responsibility that he represents the health, welfare and safety of all Americans, not just the ones that agree with him. Not just the ones that support him. Not just the ones that wear his red baseball caps.

But do you want to know who Trump feels a responsibility too? “What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (Trump tweet 2-22-18). That is what $30 million buys you, that is the price of loyalty.

The deaths of these 17 human beings one week ago should, SHOULD be keeping Trump awake at night. Any sane and rational person would understand that this tragedy and the underling issues that caused the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School does not, will not, and can not Make America Great Again. Most Americans know that. When will the rest of America? I hear you. Do you?

“My daughter had rights more than just the Second Amendment — they’ve all been terminated. I wanted my kid to live out all of her rights.” – Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jamie was gunned down last week at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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6 Responses to I hear you

  1. The Second Amendment is the only one this guy gives a shit about.

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  2. Scottie says:

    I hear you. It is another way of saying I feel your pain. A thing we all do when someone is sharing their pain with us. Yet it is an unknown to tRump, who has never been forced to hear anyone, and never had to share another’s pain.
    Oh a wider note I am stunned at how tone deaf our politicians in Florida and on the news are because of the money from the NRA. Marco Rubio wouldn’t even agree to forgo any more NRA money. The politicians are twisting themselves beyond reason as they try to come up with ideas to keep up guns sales and pretend to want to stop gun violence. Hugs

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    • Today’s message from the NRA: “The elites always protect themselves and they always protect themselves with guns. And then they lecture the American public how you shouldn’t do that … what the NRA is fighting for is reciprocity, to enforce the existing federal gun laws and to protect Americans’ right to protect themselves.” On Hannity, NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre let Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer and their anti-gun minions know that the NRA will not tolerate their use of a tragedy in their war against the Second Amendment.”

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      • Scottie says:

        The NRA is a lobbying group for promoting gun sales funded primarily by gun manufacturers. Their job is to get more gun sales. This is a fact they don’t want known. They throw smoke and mud around hoping that no one will see the deception. They claim to be for second amendment rights, but only in ways that further gun sales. They claim to be for the little guy, the poor, the working american, yet their actions only concern more gun sales. Where is the support of those harmed by gun violence? That they ignore as it doesn’t help gun sales. Hugs

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      • Nan says:

        There simply are no words …

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