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Commentary: Could it be?

Who would’ve imagined that the United States of America would ever have found itself in this situation?

1. The president of the United States has told hundreds of lies in the relatively short time he has been in office.

Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

 

2. The president of the United States has alleged that he, alone out of over 300 million Americans, is above the law.

Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals,  80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

3. The president of the United States named a billionaire as secretary of education, whose family has contributed a fortune to organizations with the objective of eliminating public schools, a goal shared by many right-wing Republicans.

Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

4. The president of the United States has berated the attorney general, one of his own appointees, for the few things that Jeff Sessions has done that were right.

Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

5. The president of the United States, beyond any change in the law, has initiated a policy of tearing kids, including babies, from the arms of their parents who are seeking amnesty from abuse and worse in their home countries.

Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

6. The president of the United States has imposed tariffs on the products of many of our allies, such as the European Union, Canada and Mexico, resulting in a trade war that will be devastating to farmers, most manufacturers, and consumers.

Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

7. The president of the United States is working, along  with the NRA, to assure that automatic firearms remain available to butcher masses of Americans, including school children.

Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

8. The president of the United States has attempted to undermine the Department of Justice and the FBI, long two of the nation’s most respected and admired law enforcement organizations, for his own personal benefit.
Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.
9. The president of the United States has attacked and belittled John McCain, long-time Republican senator from Arizona, GOP candidate for president recently, and the most admired hero of the Vietnam War.

Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

10. The president of the United States has morals that could well serve as models for alley cats.
Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and most evangelicals, 80 percent of whom flocked to his standard in the 2016 election.

Here’s what John Brennan, long a Central Intelligence Agency officer and director of the CIA for nearly four years, had to say in the Washington Post on June 3:  

For more than three decades, I observed and analyzed the traits and tactics of corrupt, incompetent and narcissistic foreign officials who did whatever they thought was necessary to retain power.  Exploiting the fears and concerns of their citizenry, these demagogues routinely relied on lies, deceit and suppression of political opposition to cast themselves as populist heroes and to mask self-serving priorities.  By gaining control of intelligence and security services, stifling the independence of the judiciary and discrediting a free press, these authoritarian rulers followed a time tested recipe for how to inhibit democracy’s development, retard individual freedoms and liberties, and reserve the spoils of corrupt governments for themselves and their ilk.  It never dawned on me that we could face such a development in the United States.”

Wonder who he is talking about?

Americans, rise up, as the Virginians did in 2017, to help begin lifting this embarrassment from the United States.

Bob Lowerre is a retired attorney who lives in Strasburg.