Not as transparent as we think


To the editor:

No need for anyone to speculate anymore as to how “Individual One” would react under the increasing pressures of impeachment and unfolding investigations.

Feeling the walls closing in on him, the “Bone Spur Warrior in Chief” has now revved up his “distract and deflect” media game to a whole new level.

Under the cloak of bold “anti-terrorism” and “preventive action,” Donald Trump has snatched the media spotlight away from his own treasonous behavior and onto the coverage of his sudden military action. All the news networks will now shift their focus to report on what spurred the killing of an Iranian army general by the U.S. military, and what it all means in terms of immediate fallout and foreign policy, etc.

Most interestingly, the timing of this strike coincides perfectly with new investigation revelations confirming that Trump deliberately planned the quid pro quo/bribery scheme against Ukraine much in advance of the now infamous call to newly elected Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump, as we know, dismissed the concerns and advice of his own cabinet executives, not to proceed with this illegal ploy to force the new Ukrainian president into helping his political campaign against former vice president Joe Biden.

The nobility of those cabinet members was short-lived, however, once Trump brushed aside their misgivings. They obviously either quickly fell into line with the bribery scheme, or committed themselves to remain silent.

How transparent can you get?

It becomes even more clear that the regular spins and hijinks that we’ve all become accustomed to within the last three years are but petty reflections of what our “would be emperor” is actually capable of. The predictable extreme is now beginning to happen. Donald Trump has expanded his elusive maneuvers exponentially, encompassing international provocations that distract everyone and put the world on the road to war.

His steadfast supporters will still try to provide Trump with cover, but his selective flirting with dictatorial regimes (North Korea: Yes; Iran: No), and the abandoning or disrespecting of allies — and reckless military adventures — are not the makings of foreign policy or a recipe for peace. Such Trumpian moves can only be described as the irrational impulse (or devious cunning) of a tyrant, willing to try anything to escape justice.

True to his track record, Trump’s miscalculation in Iran ushers in a new year with the same old mistakes. And his team of increasingly desperate enablers continues to behave like an administration of Keystone Cops, tripping over themselves as they struggle to convince us of their competence in an “alternate reality,” and pretend that their “emperor” is really a great leader with great concern for our nation. To them, it’s all about political survival.

But nothing in the sordid history of Donald Trump suggests that consideration for human issues and the well-being of others has ever been a part of his decision-making process. Instead, we see that such important things as human rights, diplomacy and compromise are, to him, the alien concepts of appeasers, or at most, a sufferable annoyance.

His worship and convenient use of raw power for personal gain obscures, distorts and corrupts everything that he creates or touches.

Whoever in America still doubts that this morally bankrupt, self-centered being is the mentality that we are dealing with in the Oval Office — or still looks for ways to excuse the inexcusable of what he does — has transparently fallen into the ranks of the complicit.

The words of a good soul echo in my mind: “We are better than this!”

Jose Figueroa

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