Commentary, Trump Administration

We must not grow numb to Trump’s lies and misdeeds

Donald Trump speakingIt will get tempting in the weeks and months ahead to lose sight of the many specific lies and misdeeds emanating from the incoming Trump presidency — a collection of disturbed zealots and hapless ideologues that’s starting to look as if it might better be described as a junta than an administration. Even now, the untruths and disastrous cabinet picks are coming so fast that’s it’s hard to keep track and easy to throw up one’s hands in utter disgust and resignation.

Resist the temptation.

As a Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial reminded us yesterday in a discussion of Trump’s blatant prevarications about “millions” of undocumented people supposedly voting in the election, it’s essential that caring and thinking people keep meeting the Trumpist lies and distortions with a relentless fusillade of the truth:

“Are you kidding? Can any reasonable human being believe that it would be possible for MILLIONS of people to vote illegally and NOBODY notice?

The only people who might fit in that category are the same ones who can’t – or won’t – see the lies spouting from Trump’s Twitter account.

The disregard for facts and assault on truth that springs forth from Trump and his handlers is the expedient stuff that festers in totalitarian states. It is the verbal currency of dictators and despots. Lies eat away the soul of a nation. Trump and his backers need to stop the lies and deal straight with the nation and the world.

While sometimes inconvenient, the truth strengthens our nation’s foundation. It is the bedrock of our democracy.”

Well said. Our only hope to save the American democracy and the planet we ought to be trying to lead with courage and integrity in the next four years is to fight against the reactionary and delusional onslaught that’s already underway as if our lives and those of our children and grandchildren depended on it. Indeed, it’s becoming increasingly clear that, in many ways, they do depend on it.

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