The world is laughing at us.
Well, of course they are. They’ve earned that right because we’ve certainly laughed at them. Brexit? Tee-hee! Kim Jong Un? Looks like an overgrown fluffernutter–Hah! Canada? Eh? Is it even a real place?
So fine. Let them laugh. The one thing we mustn’t do is join in with them.
The past week has seen a whirlwind of damning reports and ominous messages emerging from the White House. Every day it’s something new: on Monday 5/15, President Trump gives out classified information to the Russians; Tuesday 5/16, it is revealed that Former FBI director James Comey has memos that cast Trump as pressuring him to drop his investigation into Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; on Wednesday 5/17, special prosecutor Robert Mueller is appointed to oversee the investigation into the connection between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials; on Thursday 5/18, Trump tweets, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! [in reference to the appointment of a special prosecutor, which he was apparently not alerted to beforehand],” thus, heightening the tensions and divisions already present in American minds. On Friday, Trump left the country, and we took a second to breathe. For one day, there was no shocking headline–probably because Trump was zonked out on Diamox as he flew. Actually, scratch that. He can’t have an aversion to heights–his head is always floating so far above his body that it would be impossible.
Furthermore, and worst of all for the White House, the word on the street recently has been “impeachment.” In fact, on May 17, U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-TX 9th District) formally called for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump on the floor of the House of Representatives on the grounds of obstruction of justice.
But this is not a time for Democrats to gloat and say, “We told you so!” Don’t be fooled into thinking that Trump’s downfall is a victory for Hillary supporters, or for liberalism, or even for rationalism. No. We’ve all lost. We all bear responsibility for the election of Donald J. Trump to the office of President of the United States. It doesn’t matter that some of us voted for him. It doesn’t matter that some of us didn’t vote for him. We all created this mess by spewing hateful rhetoric, demonizing the other side, and living in a cultural bubble that isolated half of our fellow countrymen. Together, we have defiled the sacred Oval Office with an orange, orangutan presence. This is not something we can forget quickly; we have stirred hate and unearthed anger. Neither will dissipate quickly.
What, then, is the best course of action to lead us in the upcoming months? The most important thing now is to remove Trump from office before he damages our international reputation any further. As he sets about brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement (hah–as if!), we should quietly be setting the groundwork for his return. We must petition and urge our representatives to level charges against the President. If this proves to be unsuccessful for the time being, we must gather an anti-Trump coalition (not Democrat, not Republican, but anti-Trump) to fight at the polls in 2018 so that we can win a congress that is willing to take this dangerous man down.
Courage, friends. A long road lies ahead of us. But remember: we are citizens of the greatest country in the world. Strength and perseverance have gotten us through the past 250 years; they will carry us once again.