It felt good not writing about politics last week. It gave me a pause to reflect on the feeling that all politics is in the eye of the beholder, with integrity and truth taking a back seat in both of our mainstream political parties.

For months the question has been asked of Trump supporters, help me understand; The answers take us two steps forward and then two steps back, ending up in the same place we started.

Trump supporters feel the president doesn’t get credit for what he’s done and they buy into the “fake news” and “enemy of the state” mantras of Trump, Giuliani and Fox News commentators like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham. It keeps coming back to something akin to “everything is a conspiracy” against the president.

What one realizes is that Trump supporters do care. They care about guns, they care about immigration control, and they are comfortable with limiting women’s choice when it comes to abortion. They also don’t like government regulation, and they hate former President Barack Obama and former First Lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

When you examine the first 20 months of the Trump administration, you realize that his entire agenda has been to undo anything Obama. He doesn’t want to fix it, he wants to eliminate it and destroy it. Anyone who liked, loved or respected our former president is the enemy. Trump's crowds have to be bigger, his policies have to be better and to hell with anything else.

Shouldn’t the country be first? Shouldn’t we be fixing things, not blowing them up?

The above is a description of a hater; when we want to take someone down because we don’t like them we get blinded by the darkness of fear. That’s when we get dangerously close to losing sight of the importance of being guided by love; that’s when we endanger ourselves as a nation.

We can have disagreements on policy; gun control, abortion, border security, how to stimulate the economy, foreign policy and more, but the civility must stay center stage, driven by the courage of convictions, with a backbone of integrity, based completely on truth.

This column was motivated by Les Wexner, a billionaire lifelong Republican who owns Victoria’s Secret and other retail outlets, and has donated millions of dollars to Republicans, including $500,000 to Jeb Bush in 2015 when he ran for president.

Wexner recently said enough to his Republican roots. Motivated by a recent Obama visit to Ohio, he said he wouldn’t “support this nonsense in the Republican Party” going forward, adding; “I just decided I’m no longer a Republican.”

The Huffington Post report quoted Wexner as saying of Obama; “I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others.”

Wexler, after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in a speech to some of his workers, “condemned the racists,” calling out Trump for his “tepid response,” a thought echoed by Obama in another recent speech that called attention to Trump’s statement, in the aftermath of the bloodshed, that there were “fine people” on both sides.

“How hard is it to say Nazis are bad?” Obama asked the Illinois crowd in that speech.

Wexler finished his statement by saying; “If you don’t think things are right, open your mouth.”

Listening to Trump, and then to his White House defending him concerning the Puerto Rico death toll cements it; everything is about him — those who think he cares about them confuse the fact that he stands up for many of their beliefs with Trump standing with them; he does not.

The American people don’t need to go after Trump; he is his own worst enemy. It is the things he’s done that will be his undoing, not what the newspapers write or the pundits say; with the Mueller net tightening, the truth will come out and the “fake news” and “enemies of the state” drones will have diminishing impact.

The damage has been done; a body blow to the mainstream media, but not the desired knockout. Now it’s wild roundhouse swings that result in ducks and misses, with wild jabs that are becoming easier for the media to avoid, as they learn from the past.

This will end when truth and integrity take center stage and matter again, not only to Trump haters, but to Trump supporters.

***

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”

— Haile Selassie, regent of Ethiopia (1892-1975)