The Fight Continues
Another victory today against blind fear and blame as a judge in Hawaii blocked Trump’s revised order to halt immigration from specific parts of the Muslim world. In the ruling, the judge used public statements by Trump and his administration to ascertain the discriminatory of the ‘intent’ behind the ruling. This is encouraging as we begin to have a way to hold our new President accountable for the power of the words that he says.
I was also heartened by another installment of Charles Blow’s eloquent stand for truth. Though I value the reality of our common and troublesome humanity, I also value the necessity to speak truth and to hold our elected officials accountable for their words or their actions. We must not fool ourselves into believing that Trump’s lies and manipulation of truth is ‘normal’ or acceptable.
But Trump doesn’t speak so much from facts as from feelings. For him, the truth is malleable and a lie is valuable. He creates his own reality rather than living in the reality of others. Deception is just a tool; betrayal is just an inconvenience. (Disciples of a False Prophet, Charles Blow, 4 16 17 NYTimes)