I received an email from an acquaintance whom shall remain nameless for two reasons.
- He didn’t compose the idiotic tripe so there is no reason to single him out;
- I don’t want to embarrass him needlessly just because he has drunk the Trump Kool-Aid.
But I cannot let this pass without addressing the content of the message, as intellectually weak and morally empty as it is.
Be proceeding any further, I also want to point out that a spokesman for the Louisiana Republican Party recently described me as a liberal blogger. He is incorrect. I am neither a conservative nor liberal. I am a recovering Republican who voted the Republican ticket faithfully until the Bobby Jindal accident. It was because of Jindal and the Republican programs that I, like a two-week-old puppy, finally opened my eyes.
Coincidentally, on the heels of the diatribe below, The Atlantic on Sunday published an article ARTICLE by Eliot Cohen entitled “A Clarifying Moment in American History,” which reads as if it was written in response to that email.
Rather than respond to the email at the end of the distorted message (in boldface), I am inserting my comments in italics throughout the document.
So without further ado, here goes:
GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a Christian nation, land of the free and home of the brave.
Press ‘1’ for English.
Press ‘2’ to disconnect until you learn to speak English. There has been an ongoing effort for years to preserve the Cajun heritage in South Louisiana, including the Cajun French language. No one seems to complain about that. Elsewhere in this country, no one seems to object when Swedes, Danes, Italians or Asians speak in their native tongues. Somehow, it’s only when Latinos or Middle Easterners do. But here’s a thought: If you’re so determined that everyone learn the language of their new home, perhaps we should all be speaking Apache, Comanche, Navajo or some other Native American dialect. Can you say “two-faced moron”?
And remember only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. Not really sure what point is being made here but in my lifetime, the highest body count came from Vietnam, a country we had no business in, fighting a war without clear objectives other than a flawed philosophy called the “domino theory,” and where probably 90 percent of those killed were those who unfortunates who lacked the political connections to avoid the military draft in effect at the time. Don’t think any of those “offered” to die for me. In fact, one of the bravest men of that era, a Muslim, by the way, was stripped of his Heavyweight boxing title because he refused to sacrifice his religious principles.
2017, A NEW YEAR AND A NEW BEGINNING WILL SOON BE HERE.
A Nation of Sheep – Breeds a Government of Wolves! And the rhetoric of wolves seems to breed a nation of sheep.
Borders: Closed. And the Native Americans wish they had thought of a wall way back when.
Language: English only. (See response to “Press 2 for English above.)
Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!!! Soooo glad you brought up the Constitution and Bill or Rights. In fact, let’s go straight to the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Let’s take the “establishment of religion” first. The prohibition of certain religions like Islam is a prohibition of the free exercise of religion in no uncertain terms. I recently read an online post which noted the irony of a country founded on the principle of allowing freedom from religious persecution now using religion to persecute freedom.
Now let’s talk about my favorite subject: freedom of the press. Thomas Jefferson is a man the so-called “patriots” love to quote and the uber-patriotic American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) even gives an annual Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award (Bobby Jindal is one of the recipients). That said, it was Jefferson who said given the choice between a government with no free press and a free press with no government, he would not hesitate to choose the latter. But der Führer Trump rolls out Sean Spicer to whine over the media’s attendance figures for the inauguration (as if that was an issue of real import) and Kellyanne Conway first invokes something called “alternative facts” and followed that with a complete meltdown on Fox News Sunday when she called for the firing of any journalist who wrote or said anything critical of her boss. Apparently the Trumpets’ first priority is, to paraphrase William Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part II, to kill all the journalists.
Drug Free: Make a drug screen mandatory for anyone on welfare and/or food stamps!
No problem. Provided that members of Congress, the President, Vice President and members of the President’s Cabinet be held to the same standard—because sometimes it seems they’re all on crack.
No freebies to Non-Citizens or illegal immigrants!
Again, let’s prohibit special perks like a gym, dining hall, barber shops, franking, and limos for members of Congress and throw up our own wall—blocking lobbyists’ access to lawmakers.
WITH THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP, WE THE PEOPLE, WILL BE HEARD AT LAST.
Seriously? You really believe in your heart of hearts that your opinion matters to this egomaniac? You poor, pathetic, misguided person, you are in for the biggest disappointment of your Kool-Aid-drinking life.
(AND TO ALL MY LIBERAL FRIENDS OUT THERE – REMEMBER THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF THE NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2008:
“ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES…..I WON ……YOU LOST…..GET OVER IT!”). WE REMEMBER!
Well, first of all, you moron, it was in 2013, not 2008, that he made that statement.
That being said, the person who sent this email to me also asked that I give Trump a chance.
Sure, no problem. I’ll give Trump the same chance all those who hate Obama for no other reason than the color of his skin (and don’t even try to deny that) gave him. When Republican Congressional leaders said they would not support an Obama Supreme Court nominee “no matter who it is,” what does that tell you about bipartisanship? When Rush “Pass the OxyContin” Limbaugh said in 2008 that he hoped Obama would fail, what does that tell you about pseudo-patriotism?
But did Obama fail as a president? Well, first of all, he inherited a catastrophic economic crisis when greedy Wall Street investment firms run amok, intoxicated on deregulation, went into a financial free fall, threatening the economic well-being of not just the U.S., but the entire world. Wall Street not only recovered, but has been consistently breaking new records. Only last week the Dow hit 20,000 for the first time in history. Along with that, unemployment has been cut in half during Obama’s eight years—and this from an administration that Republicans in Congress tried to block at every turn.
But do you can find a single Trumpet who would give a nod of approval to Obama. You can check that box “NO” with a red, heavy-duty Sharpie. How else could you explain support for a man who cheated people out of millions of dollars with his Trump University? How else could you explain that support when the Florida Attorney General abruptly dropped her investigation of Trump University after Trump gave her a $25,000 campaign contribution? And don’t try to say there was nothing to investigate when we all know there was massive fraud.
One final note: Trump is so frightening, so deranged, so mentally unstable and so narcissistic, that I find myself longing for the comparative sanity and ethical integrity of Bobby Jindal.