Trumpism

He could have been a half-way decent human being—

without the excess money, alcohol, sex addiction, partying,

gambling disguised as business deals.

 

We could have done better without judges on the take,

payoffs, greedy, crooked politicians brokering power

by encouraging misogyny, racism, bigotry, blaming,

divisiveness.

 

What is it in our culture, religions, philosophies

that make these marketing ploys so enticing?

These sound bites that encourage victim-hood,

that enable this believe-what-I-say-not-what-I-do

mentality?

 

We still believe logic, reason, engagement, compromise

will soften what our leaders have become.

We ignore the hard truth that we voted

for the very ones who demonstrate

nihilistic, narcissistic, naked contempt . . . .

 

He could have done better without his excessive need for

supplicating, boot-licking, brown-nosing, groveling

lackeys.

 

We could have been less complicit in joining ranks

with these shammers, power brokers, people

who glitter with no substance,

greedy voices who control us by encouraging

self-righteous, judgmental, self-serving fear.

 

We could have done better had we paid attention,

had we refused to accept bullying rhetoric,

erratic behavior, overtures to our basest natures.

 

We could have done better if we had not

bought into take-no-prisoners,

Sherman-March-to-the-sea

impossible solutions.

 

© 2017   T J Barnum

First published in “Better Than Starbucks.”

 

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907 – 1988) Some of his best quotes

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.”

I do not think anyone can define behavior that tends toward extinction as being ‘moral’ without stretching the word ‘moral’ all out of shape.”

At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that ‘news’ is not something that happens to other people.”

Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.”

Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”

You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

The lessons of history teach us – if the lessons of history teach us anything – that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.”

Love your country, but never trust its government.”

…secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy…censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.”