President Trump’s admiration for dictators does not promise well for democracy in the U.S. or the world.
He envies North Korea’s despot Kim Jong Un because his people “sit up at attention” — not acknowledging that they may be killed if they don’t. He admires Philippine President Duarte for his “unbelievable job on the drug problem,” not mentioning that Duarte’s approach has been to encourage thousands of vigilante murders against whomever. He envies Chinese authoritarian Xi Jinping having overturned term limits on his own rule. He also encourages European autocrats who build on divisiveness and fear.
At the same time he criticizes democratic leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and German Chancellor Merkel.
President Trump shares with these autocrats and dictators that he admires a willingness to bend the truth and use demagogic language. He has debased the language of our political system and our respect for truth. All of these characteristics undermine the health, stability and cohesiveness of our country and our democratic system.
I urge all Americans, Republican, Democratic and independent, to work to oppose these destructive tendencies in our political system and our society.
Robert John Scheelen
What are Oregon values? The Oregon Values project questioned Oregonians across the state and reported its finding: oregonvaluesproject.org/findings/top-findings/.
Thankfully, Oregon values don’t include racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, ignorance, hatred, lying and rejection of science. Regrettably, these are the very attributes exhibited by the current president and his congressional enablers.
Who are you? Do you support Oregon values or the values currently exhibited in the White House? Do you want your voice to be represented by candidates running for state and federal office who adopt the White House values or those that oppose them?
Isn’t it time for Oregonians to reach out and define who we are for ourselves? Can we make an agreement within ourselves to compromise? Shouldn’t we support candidates who best reflect our values and not just vote for candidates because they belong to a particular party.
Our Congress is at an impasse. The blame game is everywhere. In recent elections, we’ve seen individuals fail to vote because they thought it wouldn’t matter. Surely, we now all know otherwise. Your vote counts. Make your values heard. Vote for those candidates that represent who you are as an Oregonian. Not voting shames Oregon.
Hypocrisy is thick
My growing dismay and despair over the happenings in the Trump administration is beyond Republican vs. Democrat. It has nothing to do with conservative vs. liberal. It is way more visceral than that. It has to do with decency, integrity, honesty, competence and accountability; none of which this administration has evidenced.
For the first time in my life, I am embarrassed and ashamed to be an American; by Trump of course, but mostly because the GOP doesn’t show much concern over his behavior. How can they abide his demagogic and authoritarian tendencies, his constant lying and gaslighting, his disregard for our democratic institutions: the free press, the courts, the rule of law (as it applies to him), the separation of powers, the denigration of our long-tenured allies while praising demonic despots across the globe? And then there’s his inhumane treatment of illegal immigrant families.
Where is the outrage?
Can you imagine the hue and cry from the GOP and right-wing media if the Obama administration had said, “There’s a special place in hell for Justin Trudeau” and a few days later heaped praise on Kim Jung Un? The hypocrisy is so thick the odor reaches across the country.
Bruce and Chrys Van Zee