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"Trump destroys US ideals"

AVERSION TO DECENCY: Americans have suffered under Donald Trump

“THEREFORE THUS saith the Lord: Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.” (Jeremiah 34:17)

While it has not been surprising, it has been interesting to watch President Trump do all that he can to destroy the dream of America’s Founding Fathers.

Or at least, destroy it for those who do not look like, behave like or think like him. He does not want his supporters to just label those unlike them. He wants his supporters to hate them. He believes the foundation for your political activism should be the deepness of your hate for someone.

His core supporters, like him, have decided to close off America both from within and without by employing the political process and unleashing as much verbal hatred as they can. Faces contorted with anger, voices raised as loud as possible, and fists punching the air, they believe they are making America great.


PICTURED: Rasheed Z Baaith

It is clear that it does not matter how many people are assassinated, how many buildings are invaded by some deranged person who believes he is doing the will of the President or how many letter bombs are put into the mail delivery system. He has shown the ranting and lies will continue. Simply put, President Trump does not care what he looks and sounds like.

VERACITY

Nor do those who imitate what he says and behave as he does. There is, on his behalf, a complete aversion to decency and veracity.

President Trump has made it undeniably clear he does not represent all American people nor does he want to. He is not interested in broadening his political base, or closing political divides.

Neither does he want to unify America. His goal to govern through a policy of “them versus us”. All who are considered “them”, in the minds of Trump and his supporters, deserve as much odious vilification as his lips can utter.

We are living in a very dangerous time.

People believe it is within their right to question the legitimacy of black people to shop, eat dinner in public, rent a flat or enjoy a park. Let alone be in the environment of a good college.

Even our children are not excluded from this behaviour.

It is not just the depiction of a caravan of desperate people as “invaders” or his refusal to even mention the black people shot in Kentucky, which happened the same week as the mail bombs and synagogue murders, that should scare us.

What should scare us is how welcome many are of accepting the vision of an intellectually diminutive man whose vision is like that of a child. He only sees in colours.

Rasheed Z Baaith is the founding senior pastor and teacher at Shepherds Christ Resurrection Family Community Church, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This article appears courtesy of BlackPressUSA.

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