Signs of withdrawal in the absence of Trump
I never thought I would say this but I think I have gone nuts. I can’t think of any other reason for the frightening thought that has been consuming my mind of late. I think I am missing Donald Trump. I am not hollering at the television; I am not threatening to throw something, anything, at it. So what else could it be? The former president of the United States has been banned from social media because of the venom he continued to spew, all of it designed to keep the nation divided. I was all for it because, like millions of others, I thought he was dangerous. But the silence it brought seems to be irritating me as much as the ridiculous falsehoods, such as the presidential election that Democrat Joe Biden won was fixed, did on a daily basis. Trump was to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference this past Sunday but his comments were going to be past my deadline for this column, not that I really cared about them anyway as I undoubtedly will have heard most of them before. But it is obvious he is not going away. It is now the Trump Party, rather than the Republican Party. This obsessive fealty to one man rather than party is something that is hard to understand in a country like ours and I am sure it is the same for a great portion of the United States populace. After all, Biden received about seven million more votes than Trump did in the election that Trump still claims he “won by a landslide.” This hole that Trump has left in my life will undoubtedly be filled in over time; if it doesn’t I will indeed have gone nuts. The reason I am so sure it will fill in is that there are so many American politicians willing to step in, sycophants who have as little moral fibre and regard for the truth as Trump. Senator Ted Cruz immediately comes to mind. Trump made fun of the looks of Cruz’s wife, Heidi, a woman whose moral standards, not looks, kept her from posing nude as Trump’s wife, Melania, had, and also alleged that his father may have been involved in the murder of former U.S. President Jack Kennedy. Yet Cruz has fallen in right behind Trump, his head in a position that it leaves one wondering how he can breathe. . And if you had any doubts about Cruz you just have to look back a couple of weekends, to when he and his family took off for Cancun to escape the disastrous winter storm that had struck his home state of Texas, leaving many without power and therefore heat and water. Cruz originally said he was just accompanying his daughters there and intended to return the following day, but then an email was leaked showing that the Cruz family intended to stay through the weekend. Cruz did return the following day and changed his story, bringing it more in line with the truth that he was intending to remain in Cancun through the weekend. Cruz naturally took all kinds of flack because of what he did, fleeing from the cold of his home while his constituents were left to battle it out as best they could, some dying in the process. Yeah, don’t you just see Ted as the kind of guy you want leading a country. Grammatically, I probably should have ended that sentence with a question mark but I thought you would get the sarcasm that was dripping from it. I don’t think the Republicans have thought about it yet but the type of people they have eyeing a run for the presidency in 2024 is enough to make a reasonable person cringe. Donald Trump, the failed president who also lost the House of Representatives and the Senate under his watch, leads the list because of his grip on the party and because of his grip on its base. That is enough to frighten a lot of people right there. But then there are those like Josh Hawley, who pumped his fist on Jan. 6 in support of those who shortly after invaded the Capitol, and Tom Cotton, who became notable during some Black Lives Matter protests for suggesting the military be brought in to restore order on the streets, an overwhelming show of force required to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers. He suggested this in an essay submitted to the New York Times. It made the digital edition but after a protest from staff, didn’t make the print edition. I actually thought it should have. In the eyes of many it was outrageous, but I didn’t think it was that far over the line that it should have been pulled. I thought the Times staffers who objected to the piece were out of line because Cotton was just exercising his right, as objectionable as his essay was, to free speech, something those who toil for the Times are always touting. I thought it simply showed the American people who he was, someone who, if by chance he became president, would have no problem calling in the military to quell legitimate protests. Anyway, I find myself wading into American politics here when I only intended to talk about the withdrawal twinges I have been having in the absence of Donald Trump. I’ll get over it. If I don’t, I’ll simply shoot myself.