There is a very clear message from the limited reaction to Robert Mueller's congressional testimony and the general acquiescence to the President's verbal attacks on some members of Congress. We have not fully awakened to the central danger of Donald Trump. More disturbing than the sufferance of his alleged criminal activity is the continued tolerance of his character.
The president incessantly violates the concept of grace; showing no sign of courtesy, decency or goodwill. He broadcasts his own lurid gospel promoting a world where nothing is sacred, while his multiplicity of sins are seemingly condoned by admirers and critics.
Trump, invigorated by the silence on his character, boldly declares that all political detractors are persecuting him out of jealous revenge. He slyly plays the victim while encouraging bullying and violence. Overt bigotry, misogyny and racism are symptoms of his depraved ignorance. Unbridled ego, anger and degradation of those who disagree with him reveal the man's true nature. Decisions with profound consequences are made because of his personal whims and gripes.
It is astonishing how some members of Congress who know better, ignore the venomous words and selfish actions of the president. The vacuum of moral protestation allows politicians to vigorously defend a man who they wouldn't leave alone with their own daughters.
We have reached a perilous moment in history where a powerful leader has declared himself above all laws and principles. The inherent risk of Trump holding the reins of the most potent military in the world can't be exaggerated. And at a time when the environment is in a fragile state and in need of healing, the president is intent on pushing us to the precipice. Where is the surge of moral indignation in response to this disgraceful president?
The cognitive dissonance of his acolytes is partly explained by his ability to suspend their knowledge of right from wrong. Fascination with Trump's dysfunctional agenda is a central part of the problem; it numbs all of us to the havoc he generates. His rude domination of media and saturation into the consciousness of the world is a stunning example of how, to one degree or another, we are entranced by the profane. The nation seems locked in a feeble stupor, unable to recognize what is evolving, or unwilling to admit how dreadful our predicament.
It is time to acknowledge that Trump is a man of sin; the proverbial, deluded, power-hungry deceiver of the highest order who exalts himself and desires to be worshipped.
There are important issues we face as a country beyond challenging Trump's nature. And certainly there hasn't been a president without flaws. However, the ambivalence that allowed the rise of Trump's immoral regime is a critical topic that must be central to discussions about him and the future.
Leadership must invoke a highly principled era in order to reverse our course.
Politicians, clerics and citizens must rise to the task of awakening those who are under the illusion that Trump is leading us toward a better world. People who are blinded by the president's dark trance deserve encouragement and support in recognizing the great risks of tolerating a leader who disdains kindness and compassion. The voices of outrage from those who need to hold Trump's noxious conduct up to the light of higher virtuous law must rise in unison. All concerned who see through his unholy agenda and recognize the precarious times we have entered should speak up loudly; now, before it's too late.
David Marks is a veteran documentary filmmaker. Contact him at email@example.com.