Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Terror in Manchester

Yesterday in Manchester, England, a suspected terrorist bombing killed 19 people and injured over 50 at an Ariana Grande concert.  It was a show largely attended by young teenagers and their parents, making the targeting even more reprehensible. 

We have perhaps become inured to these things, but we shouldn't be. It seems like isolated incidents become a rolling tragedy and then, as we lose interest, background noise. Until it happens at home.

This, in juxtaposition with the US news cycle of the last few weeks, is deeply unsettling. Donald Trump is a disaster of a president, creating a crazy mess every few days, at least. It is kind of amusing really-- I'm not the only one who finds himself trying to catch up with the latest crazy incident a few times a day and chuckling.

But here is the thing... eventually, a real tragedy that demands a response by national leadership will arise, a Katrina or 9/11 or genuine foreign threat. Then it won't be funny-- we will be at the whims of a leader who is not respected, does not command authority, and is no longer in a position to lead.

I do not believe that Trump is a liar. I do believe that he is incapable of telling the truth because he does not know what the truth is. He is so wrapped up in himself that whatever he thinks advances himself in the current environment is what should be said. Hence, telling the Russians about firing Comey. It is not that he lies, he is totally incapable of knowing what is true. His pattern in business clearly shows that, contract after contract broken by Trump refusing to comply with the terms to which he had committed himself. An oath means nothing to him.
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