“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” ― Donald Trump, 2002

The Trump presidency is mold breaking; his Twitter-happy fingers (perhaps thumb) defy norms, setting new standards (lower ones) regularly.

His political rallies center around fear and bullying, offering to pay legal fees to supporters willing to beat people up and creating fear around our immigrant population, rather than working to create humane policies that would help secure our borders.

With foreign policy, he defies those he’s put in positions of authority, called our own institutions corrupt, while embracing dictators in a way no other U.S. president would.

A low point might have been his handling of the Saudi killing of a journalist, a columnist for The Washington Post who was critical of their regime. As he did with Russian interference, he defied our own intelligence sources, not condemning the murderous regime.

Randy, the point is, morality matters ― and supporting men or women in power who have none is flat-out wrong.

When one speaks of winning without honor, they mean if you cheat, that’s not winning. It destroys civilized cultures and creates societies that eat their own.

False securities create short-term gains, followed by selfish and greedy leaders lining their pockets off the people that put them in office.

I think you know this, Randy; this is not a lecture, rather a plea that “morality matters.” Ask anyone growing up with a bully for a parent the price you pay.

If we don’t bring others with us, winning is hollow and ultimately benefits the few.

The tax cut, lauded by the administration as the catalyst for our “booming economy,” might be smoke and mirrors. The lack of cash coming in has left our infrastructure crumbling; we are not keeping up with other countries and it will catch up with us, as will deregulating banks and not believing science when it comes to our environment.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress the “U.S. government is at risk of running out of cash sooner than expected.” The government is experiencing a growing deficit exacerbated by Trump-led tax cuts and will run out of money early in September.

This isn’t “winning,” and Trump’s borrowing and taking from one source to pay another is a common theme that forced Trump into multiple bankruptcies during his time as a businessman.

The point is not to bash Trump; it’s to ask us to consider history as the best predictor of the future. His “3,000 lies in 466 days in office,” according to a Washington Post fact-checker blog that keeps a count of his “misstatements, untruths and outright lies,” is evidence that truth doesn’t matter to him; as his legal adviser Kellyanne Conway stated, this administration relies on “alternative facts” when presented with truths that don’t fit the narrative.

His cavalier changes of course are concerning; when you don’t have a strong moral compass, you sway with the wind. When your goal is to create a narrative rather than doing the right thing, short-term gains become the mission.

Not only is morality important; it’s all that matters. Without foundations, houses crumble. Should we put our cards with a narcissist who lies, cheats, and has bailed himself out multiple times with bankruptcies that protected his wealth but hurt his small vendors? His charity was proven corrupt and forced to close, he’s a serial cheater on his wives, and his sham college was shut down by the government.

One could go on about Trump’s character, or lack thereof, but supporters continue defending his “America First” and “Make America Great Again” themes because their ideals for our country are different than mine.

“America First” means building up our people and our standing in the world, not taking a selfish “MeMeMe” attitude; a rising tide raises all ships.

“Make America Great Again” is much more than “Make America White Again.” I believe in border security but it’s not the equivalent of “round them up and get them the hell out of here.”

To be a country of grace, you need character at the core.


“Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he a prince, or one of the people.” ― Jean de la Fontaine, poet (1621-1695)