I know it’s old news now, but I can’t help but go back to it.
This is what I can’t stand.
This is what I think is so unhelpful.
This is why I have come to loathe political tribalism.
President Trump, as he is accustomed to doing regularly,
couldn’t resist his alarming natural tendency to lash out at his enemies
recently – this time, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland. The President and Congressman have been
embroiled in a racially charged tit for tat over the dreadful conditions of
Cummings’ home district in Baltimore.
So when news broke that the home of Elijah Cummings had been
broken into and robbed, the President did something remarkably un-presidential
and oafish. He taunted Cummings
Politically, it was needless – if the point was to show
everyone how this incident vindicated what Trump had said about the deplorable
conditions of Baltimore, that would have happened regardless. Personally, it was just embarrassing; and
it’s the kind of thing that everyone of conscience and decency, right or left,
should be quick to denounce.
Conservatives are still up in arms about the lack of
universal condemnation of Antifa’s vandalism and harassment at Fox host Tucker
Carlson’s home. Anyone who understands
how important it is for civilized people to vocally oppose threats to a fellow
citizen’s home and property when that citizen is a conservative talker, should
also recognize it’s just as important to vocally oppose the same when the
citizen is a Democrat lawmaker. And vice
That’s how civility works.
That’s how decency works. That’s
how a society persists.
Yet when former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley demonstrated the
courage to chastise the President for his insensitivity by tweeting that his
remarks were “so unnecessary,” the Trump apologists came after her. Remember, this is a woman who served the
president faithfully at the UN and who even went so far as to defend Trump’s rhetorical unpredictability as something she was able to use
effectively in international negotiations.
But when she expects civility and decorum from the
President, she’s attacked for it. I get
that so much of the right is enamored right now having a bully that they can
call their own. After years of being
pushed around and degraded by shameless leftists with media protection, they’ve
made friends with the neighborhood tough guy.But if in the process we lose our souls, our
decency towards our fellow man, what’s the point?