Trump is selling America a myth
FROM: NORMAN SCOTT NORTH EAST
“I’m just a soul whose intentions are good, Oh Lord please don’t let me be misunderstood.” Unfortunately this is a luxury not available to the President of the United States. Perhaps the most important job of the president is to speak unequivocally with precision and clarity, otherwise nations can go to war where young men and women can die and weapons of mass destruction are considered.
Name calling is the stuff of playgrounds not presidential campaigns and if the only way you can feel good about yourself is by calling people names, then you have a serious problem. Also, saying something is so doesn’t make it so, neither does saying everybody knows something is so makes it so. Those are things said by someone trying to sell you something.
Donald Trump has felt a need to challenge two of America’s engines of government, the presidency and the federal judiciary. About seven years ago, Mr. Trump stated that he sent investigators to Hawaii to establish that President Obama was not born in America and therefore could not be eligible to be president, adding, “You won’t believe what they are finding.” Now when asked about that issue, his response is “I don’t want to talk about that anymore.”
More recently, he has provided new dimension to cognitive dissonance by saying, “He’s Mexican and I’m building a wall,” in challenging the integrity of the federal judge presiding over a case in which Mr. Trump is alleged to have committed fraud. Apparently the judge made certain rulings adverse to Mr. Trump, and now when asked about the incident, Mr. Trump says, “I don’t talk about that anymore.” Virtually every judge in Elkton is called upon to make rulings that are adverse to someone, but that does not make the judge stupid, evil or Mexican. Often the ruling is required by the law.
“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, pervasive and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” President John F. Kennedy on June 11, 1962, speaking at the Yale University