Saturday evening the current occupant of the Oval Office traveled to Tulsa, Okla., to hold a rally amid a deadly pandemic. Several of his advance team tested positive for COVID 19 that day. His campaign said a million people had requested tickets, yet President Trump spoke to an estimated 6,200 people. It was obvious to any objective person, that the venue was at less than half capacity. Clips of Trump’s return to the White House clearly show a very angry individual.
It’s not about Americans and the issues we face; it’s about adoring crowds for Trump. He hasn’t been angry or empathetic about COVID 19 deaths. He’s the only one who matters to Donald J. Trump and he’s angry he didn’t get the adulation he thinks he deserves.
I watched a bit of his rally live and was dumbstruck by its incoherent and insensitive ranting. Previous presidents and presidential candidates have used their speeches to inform the electorate of their policy positions and to fire up their voters. Trump has no policy positions that he holds for more than a few minutes. He simply does not understand complex issues. This is an individual who suggested Californians rake forests, French firefighters dump massive amounts of water on Notre Dame Cathedral, and that we should nuke hurricanes.
Given that he doesn’t understand the issues and is likely not aware of many of the issues facing us, he performed and insane act that he thought was comedy. He spent 15 minutes talking about his walk down the ramp at the West Point commencement ceremony. People cheered when Trump drank a glass of water. That is the very definition of insanity. That is something that a toddler is praised for, not an adult. What will he do at his next rally? Tie his shoes? Cut his meat? Dress himself? I have higher expectations for someone occupying the Oval Office, as we all should.
Our nation is hurting due to racial injustice and a deadly virus. He puts on a clown show at taxpayer expense. There were many in attendance on Saturday who seemed bored. They were checking their phones and yawning. Dare we hope that they are now seeing their emperor has no clothes?
George Washington: "99% of failures come from people who make excuses."
Thomas Jefferson: "Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."
Franklin D. Roosevelt: "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today"
Harry S. Truman: "It's amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
Dwight D. Eisenhower: "By leadership we mean the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it, not because your position of power can compel him to do it."
John F. Kennedy: "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."