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Three lists. I suspect three lists are hidden in the bottom drawer of the Resolute desk – 1) Enemies, 2) Mentors, and 3) Heroes.
We watch you draw the lines through the names on your Enemies list as you push to destroy them. Not surprisingly many of the names are of people of color. The more honorable, intelligent, and successful, the higher they rise on your list. Enemies, enemies they’re everywhere. For an old, despicable, white supremacist the enemies list must be easy to create. It must gnaw at your gut. So many good people – such limited time to silence them.
Some stand in stark contrast to you, Barack Obama for example. How dare this black man from a single parent family go to Harvard? How dare he provide such balanced leadership to the nation? How dare he have a great marriage, beautiful children, and a happy life? Your whole presidency is focused on vanquishing this one great man.
Some are totally innocent. The people of Puerto Rico struggling to survive your incompetence (or worse your vitriol), the pregnant widow of a young soldier driven deeper into grief by your callousness, and the hundreds of hard working immigrants ripped from their homes. Day after day your policies complicate their lives.
Enemies. You create your list and attempt to destroy them. Does it give you perverse pleasure to cross them off your list? Is that how you measure success? How sad.
We can watch you court the Mentors on your list, despots from around the world. No dictator is too terrible to miss the list. I bet you reverently check every day and touch their names. Strong men. Manly men. Real men. Tyrannical men. Cruel, heartless, hard, deceptive, arrogant, men. Liars, thieves, despots. Men you admire. Men you court. Men who embody the man you want to be.
No Ghandi for you. No Desmond Tutu or Nelson Mandela. No Martin Luther King or Czaer Chavez. No Abraham Lincoln. You must imagine yourself a member of “Specter,” the fictional world-wide conglomerate of despicable criminal leaders – your Mentor list.
And this week, we saw a peek of your Heroes list. We saw touches of it before your election and during your preparation for the Presidency. These are the men (always men, you don’t stoop to dealing with women) who are admired and you feel compelled to despoil. Mitt Romney is paraded through Trump Tower. James Comey is fired. Secretary Tillerson’s word is publicly contradicted. NFL players are subject to gutter curses.
Saddest of all is the public humiliation of General Kelly stooping down low in order to cover for you. Tearing open the scar of his son’s death, and reliving a level of pain you cannot imagine. You have to have a heart in order for it to be broken.
They go on television in wrenching human suffering – the widow and her children, the other 3 families of the servicemen, the General and the memory of his son. Raw. Real. We watched their pain. But, we know you must have a list. I’m sure you smiled at one more hero humiliated in service to his country under your hand – brought to your level.
Three lists, Mr. President. Those you hate, the hateful you admire, and the loyal you detest. You know what, Mr. President? It is good not to be you.
You could change. Every human makes choices about their actions and beliefs. But, I suspect you have kept these lists all your life. Sad for you, and oh so very dangerous for the rest of us.