The dishonesty of it all. Jeff Sessions who was said by no less than Coretta Scott king to be a racist and unfit to be a federal judge is now our bible quoting Attorney General. President Trump who cheated on his previous wives, speaks about grabbing pussy in private, had a porn star paid off, is now given permission to talk about women’s rights.
Rudy Guliani who like Trump has had three wives cheated on all of them pronounces a porn star has no credibility. Guliani who also brought a girlfriend into the city hall while wife number two was still living there. Guiliani who was recently seen in a bar waving a handkerchief over his head with multiple women. Still Guliani wants us to accept him as moral sexual arbitrator.
This is the new America. Trump who has cheated his contractors, declared bankruptcy five times, had to settle a lawsuit over his fraudulent Trump University, illegally paid fines on his Mar largo resort from his charitable foundation wants us to think he is a Christian and a good business man. He separates children from their parents at the border and then because of immense pressure folds and signs an executive order to keep them together. He did this after telling the public quite piously there is nothing I can do it’s the Democrats fault. But do not think he has gone all humanitarian on us guess where he wants to keep them together, wait for it: in jail. And for the families he has already separated he is not making any real effort to reunite them.
The problem is apparently when you reach a certain level of narcissism and privilege you no longer have to feel shame. Shame is for us middle class slugs. They of the dishonest ilk inform us of what we are to feel guilty about. Remember when drug addict and three wives Rush Limbaugh attacked a college kid for using birth control. Or the anti-choice congressman who lambastes people who have or give abortions suggested to his pregnant lover (he was married) she have an abortion. It is a strange time indeed.
In fact it is times like these which requires a Marquis de Sade. His writings were indeed sexually explicit. But the point of his writings were that while the religious, economic and political elite require almost Puritanical lives by the non-elites they live like Caligula on steroids.
When will we have moral leaders or at least ones who will not lie to us again? I do not know. To be honest most leaders are not necessarily the most moral. And if they are like Jimmy Carter we make fun of his sweaters, not drinking alcohol in the White House, his lust in his heart etc. Maybe we have never come to terms who we really are as a country. We forcibly stole our land from the Indians and Mexicans. We took the children of the Japanese Internment prisoners, Native Americans, Slaves, and now Mexicans seeking asylum at our borders from them. We put Native Americans on reservations and Jim Crowed Blacks. We even had our moment of Imperialism in Cuba, Phillippines, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and other places. Our greatness has been built on many immoral deeds. Yet to say this out loud is to be Un-American.
The dishonesty and our many questionable past deeds are a part of who we are. The fact that we continue to deny it or become upset when someone brings it up is why we are where we are today. I believe the first step to recovery from greed, racism and power is to admit we are powerless to deal with it. Without this first step we will remain addicted to the sins of our fathers.