With thought, I could draw up a list of things I don’t buy. Things like caffeine, cigarettes, and one-ply toilet paper. Thong or Big Momma Undies are a no-no. The latter apparently gets twisted giving cause for the Pantie Patrol to come knocking on doors with orders to “stop being childish and pull up your adult panties!”  I don’t buy sugar coated cereal, nor sugar coated lies. It seems some people are willing to hike off the moral high ground to normalize Trump and his falsehoods. It’s not that Hillary’s loss has not been accepted. It’s about how any rational person could normalize an inapt, ignoramus like Trump as being presidential. Are we losing our shock response to what we once would have found to be corrupt, illegal, or unconstitutional? If so, where will that lead us? We cannot normalize malignant narcissism. Like an octopus, it extends tentacles into society leaving dysfunctional chaos and despair. Kurt Vonnegut said, “true terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” Trump gives justification for disagreeing with Vonnegut. I’d be less troubled if it were my high school class running the country. 

There is often a wide gap between perceptions and reality, but one cannot outrun reality. It will eventually catch up to you. It’s a convenient choice for some to remain stuck in their loop of retrograde amnesia spinning wishful thinking into beliefs. However, history suffers no memory loss. History will not forget the eight years that the hyper-partisan machine running politics in Washington shamefully refused to budge. They sought to weaken and undermine President Obama. His legitimacy was questioned from the onset. Trump declared outrageous ‘birther’ claims. “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate? Something is on it that he doesn’t like.” (“Mr. Trump, is that why you’re not showing your tax records? I’m not buying your audit excuse.”) The racism that runs so deep in American culture was unleashed onto Obama. He wasn’t a failure. It was the American public culture that failed. Many could not accept a black president and never would. In spite of the odds, he stabilized the economy, the job and housing market, the auto industry and the banks. He established expectation that access to basic health care is a right for all Americans. He’s handed over an economy that is in far better shape than what he was left. One can’t deny his dignity, grace, and lack of scandal. Now power has been handed to the very people who questioned his legitimacy. Their mission is to destroy his accomplishments. Are we to accept that as some kind of blessing? “I’m not buying it.” Trump and Obama can’t be compared. President Obama has forgotten more than Trump will ever know.

Believing that the “goal of Democrats is to block progress while Trump is working to bring our government back from the brink of bankruptcy” is being delusional. If the economy concerns Trump, why does he ignore the cha-ching of the cash register every weekend as he flies to Mar-a-Lago?  Donald Trump was among the harshest critics when President Obama vacationed in Hawaii. Now, according to a Forbes report, Trump’s family trips cost taxpayers nearly as much in one month as Obama’s travel expenses were for a whole year.  Having vowed to decrease wasteful government spending, Trump is not leading by example. If we rely on his business strategy, we can count on him building a mountain of debt which may bankrupt the nation just as he’s done with so many companies. This time, Americans will be left holding the bag.

A person could get whiplash trying to keep up with Trump’s flip-flops. How are we to comprehend where he stands on any issue when he lacks understanding of any fundamental position? He continues to show that he is a man of impulses with multi-loop circuits. Having no ideology and little knowledge makes him a dangerous entity on the world stage. His first 100 days has produced mainly “bans, bombs, and chocolate cake.” Fortunately, our world is still intact. But, for how long? His impulses to “poke bears with sore heads” place us and our military men and women in jeopardy. He falsely accuses Iran of “not living up to the spirit of the nuclear deal.” He taunts and threatens North Korea but orders China to baby-sit Kim Jong-un. How many wars is he itching to start? Does he think he’s playing a game with military toys?  And, how many “pay for play” deals have been made to secure his own self interests? Has he violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution? Lack of interest from the Republican-controlled Congress strangely mirrors Schultz from the old television series, Hogan’s Heroes. “I see NOTHING! I know NOTHING!” But, “I’m Not Buying It!” 

In 1945, Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, “if a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party;  it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”  And, that’s my opinion. . . . . . 


(Sharen Jergenson of Heber Springs contributes “And that’s my opinion…” each month for The Sun Times)