(c) 2017 by Paul DuginskiUsed only with express written permission
“When they go low, we go high,” as Michelle Obama said in what became a rallying cry for liberals and, let’s face it, sane people, during the campaign. But somehow the inmates have managed to take over the asylum, doubtless with the help of some sane people who voted with their middle finger and may be feeling some buyer’s remorse. Now we’re stuck on the low road with The Donald and friends.
It’s too late for remorse. The people of darkness — think of the two Steves: Bannon and Miller — are running things now, and they have a penchant for going low. They tell our chuckle-headed so-called president to jump, and his only question is, “how high?” Invariably, the answer is not very. Because they’re all about going low.
America doesn’t stand tall and lead when it is going low.
The most recent example is on climate policy. The president initiated the process to roll back fuel economy regulations for automakers and okayed the Keystone XL pipeline as a belated Valentine to his buddies in the fossil fuel industry. And on Tuesday he signed an executive order that would rescind President Obama’s strategy for clean power.
In so doing, Trump forces America to stand down as the global leader on climate issues — essentially to repudiate the Paris Agreement and get down in the mindless antediluvian muck with the right-wing know-nothings, deniers and flat-earthers. Uncle Sam has seldom been so sullied.
Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax, and he may be handing the Chinese a chance to lead on the issue. As Thomas L. Friedman said in the New York Times, he seems to be out to “make China great again.”
In other instances of abdicating America’s leadership role, he has hinted at reneging on NATO commitments, talked about cutting support for the United Nations and said he would cut foreign aid during a massive humanitarian crisis in war- torn Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan. These countries are on the brink of famine, and the United States has always been the leading donor in such emergencies.
Donald Trump can’t make America great again because he obviously doesn’t understand what made it great in the first place. His talk about making America great again was just a lot of hooey to capture the cretin vote. Patriotic Americans can only hope that Trump doesn’t completely dumb down and destroy the country before a real American leader once again occupies the Oval Office.