America Getting Lower?

Remember during the campaign for President of the United States, Donald Trump opined that "America has never been so low"? Since his election to the presidency, the same Donald Trump seems bent on Tweeting the U.S. even lower. To wit, he states, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters." The image, of course, is violent; the action envisioned, ironic given that the most powerful leader on the planet might even be immune from prosecution if he did what he suggests.

Notwithstanding, the comment begs the question, "Is Donald Trump inclined toward violence?" Consider his lewd, sexual remarks about women. Those remarks in 2005 express not only an assaultive mindset but a crass and demeaning attitude toward women in general. He literally seems to be bragging about how he may have assaulted women in the past. One can't get much lower than that! Yet, more recently, in what proved to be a childish, hardly statesmanlike "joke", Trump produced a doctored video showing him hitting a golf ball at, and hitting the back of, Hilary Clinton, and knocking her down as she boarded an airplane. More violence! A joke? Not to any thinking person.

Trump has the world's most observed platform from which to lift us to a higher standard of conduct: one that negotiates and avoids demeaning and bullying talk. He has the most important platform from which to speak words, like those of John F. Kennedy, for example, that speak to a more noble way of living, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Instead, Donald Trump steers the nation in a downward direction. "

Claire Cohen, on 14 July, 2017, noted that “Fat. Pig. Dog. Slob. Disgusting animal,” were “just some of the names that Donald Trump has called women.” Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Mrs. Trump, who claims to fight against bullying, tacitly defends her husband’s actions by passing on any opportunity to comment negatively on them, suggesting, apparently, that when Donald feels he is being attacked, he just has to fight back. How much like an 8-year-old in the schoolyard!

Can the U.S. go even lower? Wait and see! Remember, "The Donald" has been in office less than a year now. Yet, he is generating more negative press than perhaps any president before him. My bet: the decency elevator has not yet reached the basement with Mr. Trump.

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