The problem we face today with a sitting president who believes he is above the law is that he will do anything to stay in power. He desperately wants this because once he is out of office, the hounds of Hell and the FBI will be released upon him. He knows it. We all know it. The prosecutors who were not appointed by him know it, too. He spends his days either golfing or whipping up his “base” into a frenzy of mayhem, violence against reporters and murder at your local malls and places of entertainment. His is an unsustainable kind of presidency because it encourages the one thing our elections have not, until Trump, achieved: namely, violence for the sake of preserving a presidency. While it is true that “only a fool fights in a burning house” what we are witnessing now is a fool who has no problem doing so because he thinks it makes him fireproof in his job.
The killing spree that ensued this past weekend can be laid at the feet of two individuals: Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. McConnell, for refusing to bring to the Senate floor for a vote two separate bills approved and voted out of committee by the Democratic-led House of Representatives and Trump because he evidently takes great pleasure in whipping up his goons at his rallies and on Fox News into a violent assemblage. The gun laws which desperately need revamping are one thing. To block their passage because the Kremlin and its handmaiden, the National Rifle Association, don’t like the fact that Americans want to be safe is quite another.
And then there is Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s self-appointed high priest of influence-peddling. New polls have shown that most Israelis do not approve of Bibi’s actions as Prime Minister, except when it comes to national security and maintaining the status quo. For some unfathomable reason, people do not conflate one’s moral compass with their leadership roles; but this is a huge mistake. Imagine how this sounds to a citizen of a well-managed country run by honest citizens. “We know the guy is a crook, but the jobless statistics and economy are doing great!” What these people fail to realize is that crooks don’t care anything about them or their security. They do care about themselves. And they only see as far as their bank account balances. This is the most dangerous thing about both Trump and Netanyahu. They have no problem sacrificing our standing in the world as a freedom-loving peaceful people with an eye on noble causes and gestures that ensure peace and stability for all for a pot of gold. You don’t need Jesus to tell you that paying tribute to money instead of to the soul of a nation leads to ruination.
The fact that Bibi seems to enjoy the Trump’s company while glossing over his anti-Semitism means he is giving tacit approval to that attitude. Everyone sees this and acknowledges that there is something profoundly wrong with a leader who claims to love minorities, but then uses silent “dog whistles” to his “base” to commit acts of wanton violence against them. He also expresses his partiality to attacks on the media when they are merely doing their job of informing the public as to what he is doing to them and the rule of law. This is unsustainable and will lead to chaos and anarchy if it is not immediately enjoined.
There is just no getting around the fact that an immoral government cannot replace a moral and high-minded one. The things that are committed in the name of expediency or money lead to a resulting government failure; the people have no legal recourse and the maws of Hell will open wide for those who put themselves above the rule of law and their own nation’s security.