Do you hate the president?

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.              

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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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10 Responses to Do you hate the president?

  1. Sha'Tara says:

    Pelosi’s response was smarmy, palpably unctuous. No one gets to where she got “with a heart full of love” and no one “prays for the president all the time” or anyone, for that matter. She and James Rosen deserve each other.
    When Trump was running to be president I said it was exactly what America needed: someone to drag out the truth about America for the whole world to see. He did that. Trump is the real America, the one I’ve known as an activist for the environment and for Central American and Chilean victims of CIA sponsored, endless, bloody coups and regime changes to accommodate resource extraction by American corporations.
    Americans grew fat on slavery, on genocide and theft of native lands and on the blood, sweat and tears of Third World peoples. Trump has brought that filth to light. The thing is though, such a mess can never be straightened out. America is now eating itself from the inside and I have not one iota of sympathy for its woes.

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    • “The thing is though, such a mess can never be straightened out.” While I agree with your appraisal of the past, speaking as a father, and future grandfather, I will conduct my life in a way that disregards your prediction of the future. Simply, I will chalk your assessment up as the ramblings of sour and bitter human being. Utopia doesn’t exist anywhere. Never has never will. There has always been pain and suffering, greed and hate. I have to live with it. I don’t have to participate in it.

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  2. I, unfortunately, do hate him. I know I shouldn’t, and I try not to but, dammit, he gives me SO many reasons.

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  3. Nan says:

    Your points are well-made. However, above and beyond what this man has done to “our” country, I find his entire demeanor repulsive. If that constitutes “hate,” then so be it. All I know for sure is I want him GONE!

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  4. maryplumbago says:

    I admit it too. He is the only person I think I’ve ever truly hated. But as many have said, he is but a symptom of a disease in this country of willful ignorance, racism, bigotry, religious extremism and just plain the love of being a bully. We all see it everyday and yes, it’s been going on much longer than trump.

    I’m not quite as pessimistic as Sha Tara, although I’m close.
    I try to have a life outside of politics, but it surrounds us whether we want it to or not and this time it just seems different. It seems more important, more a foreboding of a permanent change in the world…of dark times..

    And climate change could make all this a moot point anyway.

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  5. It seems to me that one can hate another’s behaviors without hating the person. It IS very difficult not to conflate the behaviors and the person, but I try to keep them separate.

    I don’t always succeed in keeping the President and his party separated … probably because I’m afraid. I have read the Constitution and written about my understanding of its words. Sometimes when I hear the latest subversion of the law perpetrated by “Donald and the Trumpists” (sounds like a ’50s rock group). I wonder whether the Constitution and the law it supports can stand.

    In I Corinthians 13, Paul writes, “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Love (aka Charity or Compassion) is the greatest, but often it’s also the hardest,

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    • The bully pulpit that Trump stands behind is built on hate. His people, his base share his hate. Their hate is based on an America that is changing and doesn’t share their “values”. That is what Trump is selling them, that he and he alone will protect their America. The funny thing is this, Trump doesn’t give a shit about America or their “values” if it doesn’t fill his pockets with gold and silver.

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