Maybe you caught this yesterday, James Rosen from the ultra-conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, the same James Rosen who left Fox News last year as their top D. C. reporter over harassment claims, asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Do you hate the president, Ms. Speaker?”
Pelosi responded “I don’t hate anybody. We don’t hate anybody. Not anybody in the world. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that!”
As you can imagine the baby-in-chief wasted no time adding his two cents on Twitter; “Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stock Market and employment records. She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close.” Yup, the man has the love of Jesus oozing out of pores.
Over the last four years I have written several post about the divisions that exist in America. Too many of us attempt to blame Donald J. Trump for this but the reality is Trump wasn’t the cause of our illness but simply a vocal symptom. If we want to blame him for something it should be for not healing the wound and infecting it more.
Trump was elected because we are divided and Trump, Inc., Fox News and the Russians know that the only way he will be reelected is if we remain divided. The propaganda being manufactured by these three entities has two missions, feed the base with fake outrage, and break the will of those that oppose him. Trump wants us to hate him. It plays right into his hands. If we hate Trump we hate America. If we hate Trump we hate a strong economy. If we hate Trump we hate God.
There are three defilements derived from the Buddha’s Four Noble Truth’s; greed, hate and delusion. These three actions, for lack of a better word, comprise the source of most human, self-inflected suffering. My Buddhist view of hate is as a weakness, a hole in my soul that I can’t protect. A place where other toxins can enter and pollute my being.
As difficult as it is, I try to view Trump as a human being worthy of love. Certainly it would be helpful if he would do a few things from time to time that reinforced the fact that he was actually a human being like demonstrating he was capable of showing compassion, care and empathy. But he can’t, he simply can’t. So the question becomes, do we hate Trump for who he is? Or do we accept that he is a reflection of a disease that has infected our country?
I understand that if I hate Trump then I also have to hate my three uncles. What would be the difference? If I listed all the reasons why I should hate Trump that same list would apply to my three blood relatives, men I have known all my life. And the hard part, there is really no way to soften the edges of hate. You could say I “strongly dislike” something to seemingly cushion the blow but unfortunately that is literally the definition of hate.
I describe Trump, and his base as a disease, not quite a plague, yet, but something I view as curable or at the very least diminishable with time, energy and focus. The hate that many feel for Trump and what he stands for is the same hate his base feels for us and what we stand for and I have experienced their hate first hand. That hate will weaken them just as it will weaken us if we don’t control it, harness it and use it for the greater good for not only our country but for our children and grandchildren.
Change it in front of us but in order to make change happen we have to remain focused, vigilant, and band together. I still believe the “legacy” of Trump will be a movement that We the People of the United States can’t ever allow a person as ill-prepared, and self-serving to govern this great country again. Trump’s presidency has not only shook us up but woke many of us up as well.
Case in point, the 2018 election which flipped Congress. The 30 plus Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate who have decided that they have had enough and are not running for reelection. My close friend who decided she was tired of seeing the big money developers ruin our city and ran and won a seat on City Council beating the Republican incumbent. And what I am most proud of, my oldest, who recently participated in poll worker training and is now qualified to work the polls at the next election.
So don’t just blame Trump for this shit show. We all have to shoulder a little blame for allowing him to sneak in. But we have the power to change it. The same change that got him in and can get him out.