- Make a portable halo; you can slip it on when you need to look virtuous and then just pop it neatly back in your pocket when you’re done.
- Make sure that you have a long list of highly emotive phrases which you can use selectively as the occasion demands
- Make sure that you never actually take any action that may back up the sentiments expressed in your key phrases
- Ensure that you express sympathy and understanding for others whilst, at the same time, do everything you can to make sure that you never offer any actual support
- Change your position on important subjects regularly to ensure that you are always aligned with the people who can benefit you the most
- Emulate Donald Trump ( I was going to continue with a 7, 8 and 9 but I don’t think I really need to now)
I tend not to read the news too often because it depresses me; good news is rarely reported and, when it is, there is always someone to pee on whichever bonfire happens to have been lit. Instead I skim the headlines until something catches my attention and, these days, I write a blog post about it. In recent days the same things keep popping up – Trumps’ responses to the tragic, heart-wrenching school shootings in the USA and The Donald’s plans to restrict women’s freedoms. Now, I don’t live in America so you can rightly argue that it’s none of my business what its President gets up to but I really don’t like hypocrisy and I definitely don’t like bullies so, like it or not, I’m going to say something……..
This was one of the President’s campaign pledges:
“I’ll be able to make sure that when you walk down the street in your inner city, or wherever you are, you’re not gonna be shot. Your child isn’t gonna be shot.”
This is a quote, from the same man, to members at an NRA convention:
“Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never, ever be under siege as long as I’m your president.”
Now you can call me stupid if you like but, realistically, how can he promise that Americans and their children will not be shot whilst he is in office and, at the same time, promise that the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed? The definition of ‘infringe’ is “act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on”; it can be interpreted from this that a change to current law would be an infringement so can we assume that the President, whilst promising to protect the lives of children, will, in fact, do nothing to curb the sales of the weapons that have been used, time and time again, to shoot them?
In the wake of the Florida shooting he gave his condolences to the victims and their families and then said
“No child,” he added, “no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school.”
In February he proposed that school teachers be armed:
“.immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”
Also in February, there was a case reported in Georgia where a teacher had barricaded himself into a classroom and fired shots through a window causing students to flee in terror. In March a teacher injured a pupil when his gun went off during a demonstration on gun safety. You could say that these are isolated incidents but, please someone tell me, how does bringing guns into a classroom place children in less danger than leaving them in a classroom with no guns?
You could also argue that people who carry out attacks such as those we have seen recently in US schools are mentally ill, in fact that is what Trump suggests, and therefore they shouldn’t be able to have legal gun ownership:
““Number one, you can take the guns away immediately from people that you can adjudge easily are mentally ill, like this guy.”
However, apparently under Florida and federal law, in order to be prevented from buying a firearm:
- You must have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.
- You must be under a court order, which could include having been found not guilty due to insanity
This means that if you have voluntarily entered a mental health facility or you have been treated as an outpatient for mental disorders you can still, legally, buy a gun; this was the case with Nicholas Cruz…….
“I am pro-choice in every respect” This quote was taken from an interview that Mr Trump gave in 1999 so just when he was your average billionaire and not the President of the US. To be fair he did say that he hates abortion but he also recognised that women must be free to make their own choices.
Times change and our opinions with them but now Mr Trump is in office his position seems to have reversed; he now says:
“In my administration we will always defend the first right in the Declaration of Independence, it’s called the right to life.”
Apparently his position has shifted so far that he has now decided that funding will be withdrawn from facilities that perform abortions or refer women to other places where they are performed.
In a Tweet he said, just a few days ago:
“For the first time since Roe v. Wade, America has a Pro-Life President, a Pro-Life Vice President, a Pro-Life House of Representatives and 25 Pro-Life Republican State Capitals!
His position in 1999, when he had no real influence, was reasonable; although women cannot create babies without a biological contribution from men it is only women who can grow and carry them inside their bodies so, surely, it is only they who can decide whether or not they want to be host to, what will become, another life. His position, now that he has immense power, will affect the rights of women to chose what happens to their own bodies, something which they fought hard for before the introduction of The Freedom of Choice Act in 1964 which states:
“it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child; terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability; or terminate a pregnancy after viability when necessary to protect her life or her health”
It comes as no great surprise that Trump is not a supporter of women’s issues (although he pretends to be – the mark of all good hypocrites!).
In January 2018, in an interview with Piers Morgan, Trump said:
“I have tremendous respect for women”
In 2016 he was forced to apologise after a discussion he had was taped and published in the media; his comments proved that he really has no respect for women whatsoever:
“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]— I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything……..Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything”
I am rarely prompted to write anything like this but I honestly feel that, if we are to move away from the downward spiral that we currently appear to be in, the very least we can expect from our politicians is honesty and not rank hypocrisy. Trump is certainly not the only guilty party but he’s the one that bothers least to cover it up………..
As an aside, I’ve just seen this morning that Trump is not permitted to block followers whose opinions he doesn’t like as he will be violating their first amendment rights – that’s got to sting when you’ve got 52 million followers! Still he’s never been one to waver in the face of negative public opinion………