UPDATE: Has “Trumpism” Become a Religion?
Long after Donald Trump is out of office, his reign will continue.
The original title of this piece was, “Will “Trumpism” Become a Religion?” However, as a large percentage of the country appears to already be, quite literally, worshipping this anthropomorphic god ... I tweaked it.
This piece is a collection of past articles I’ve written and posted on Medium about Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States.
Unlike on my social media, where I express my anti-Trump views fairly vociferously, I do attempt here to be a bit more balanced.
Sometimes, I’m successful. Other times, I am not.
The articles reprinted below will begin with the most current — therefore the most relevant — and span to the oldest, and some will be separated into sections with the same order. I’ve expended a great deal of effort and ink (perhaps too much) to determine a world course via the actions (and inaction) of this president, and bluntly I am frightened over what I am seeing.
One more thing. I hear this a great deal: “The president is working so hard on the Covid-19 issue, frequently without any sleep. He needs applause.”
Well, the point is highly arguable, what with Trump’s frequent straying from the advice of experts and being more politically expedient than useful in his words, but my response is this: DONALD TRUMP IS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. HE WAS VOTED INTO OFFICE. HE DAMN WELL BETTER BE DOING HIS JOB, OR HE SHOULDN’T HAVE RUN.
Oh, and one more thing: Goddamn him if his alleged comments about our military dead being “suckers” and “losers” is actually true.
My most recent pieces were posted here, on Medium, within the past four months.
Why I Refuse to Be a Fake, Apolitical Writer Who Lies to His Readers
I loathe Donald Trump. I’m pro-LGBTQ. I march with BLM. If you have an issue with any of it, read the next guy.
Is it “Conservative” to Support a President Who Admits to Ignoring Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops?
It’s time to answer the damn question.
Why Does Donald Trump Still Have a Base?
The sad part of it all is I know the answer ... and it’s complex.
Can Any Honest Comparison of Trump to Hitler Escape Emotional Bias?
Or does the very contemplation hit too close to home?
For Artists, Free Expression vs. Safe Expression Must Never Be a Choice
A 2020 talking point is gaining ground and, for some, is presenting an unexpected set of challenges.
Writing Without Fear: Cultivating a Mass Readership While Expressing Potentially Offensive…
Is it possible to increase your readership while honestly, and vocally, opining your social and political views on…
Downed In the Line of Fire: Journalism as We Know It
Throughout Donald Trump’s term in office, more members of the U.S. media have been injured or killed than during any…
When You Are Alone and Depressed, and Living Through a Pandemic
It may feel as though the walls are closing, but the new dark does not have to claim you as its next victim.
Exposed: Donald Trump IS Wally George
To the most incredibly disturbing discovery of the day …
At My Wit’s End
One of my closest friends is falling for Donald Trump’s disinformation. His life hangs in the balance.
On Racism During The Trump Era
For perhaps obvious reasons, I have been compelled to write extensively about racism during the Donald Trump era.
This first entry is not on racism per se, but it fits here as the issue is addressed:
The Kid With the Killmonger Hair
When I was a child, I could not abide the loss of heroes … and so I sided with the villains.
This second entry is more of a personal anecdote, but it is, I believe, highly relevant to today:
Or, The Day I Watched “Star Trek” with a Black Woman Friend in My Bedroom and Fell Out with My Racist Landlord
As to others …
My Zoom Interview With Actor-Director-Writer Bill Duke on Racism Today
Bill, an old friend, joined me for a no-holds-barred conversation about race and transformation.
Perspective of a Jewish Writer in Support of BLM
Murder is real. Art survives. The fight never ends.
George Floyd’s Greatest Legacy Was Being Human
He was no myth, nor was he perfect. His death resonates all the more as neither are we.
America, Who Are We?
I went to sleep last night in the middle of a riot. I woke up this morning to a CNN crew arrested and a U.S. President…
I Am (Arguably) White, and Want to Be Better For My Friends of Color
I am sick and tired of what’s happening to our country. I need to increase the volume of my voice as well as my scream.
A Blunt Brooklyn Response to Another “Imperfect” Joe Biden Interview
The “human gaffe machine” adds to his repertoire, but is the current outcry much ado about nothing?
The Joy of Anarchy
Why those complaining the loudest that their civil liberties are being violated … know nothing about civil liberties.
On Gun Control And Other Social Issues During The Trump Era
The world has changed, drastically, from 2016.
What follows are some personal efforts to make sense of it all …
Red Flags Abound For November. Are We Ready?
I lived through the Rodney King riots, which will hereinafter be reconsidered as little more than a “blip” compared to…
Gun Control is Not Dead Today, Despite Bullshit Claims to the Contrary
It’s not time to mince words.
Liberty's Last Gasp
We are losing the battle of liberty. The growing perception of a loss of personal freedom due to state lockdown…
The Flag of False Patriotism
“America, love it or leave it?” A convenient statement, and nothing more.
Dear Suze Orman, Credit Bureaus Must Not Only Freeze, They Must Reset
The time for freezing is now, but resetting is key to economic recovery once the pandemic becomes manageable.
Mike Pence Slaps The Faces of Decedents, and Everyone Who Lost Friends or Family to Covid-19
He should be ashamed. But is he?
Open Letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci: Stay the Course But Don’t Play the Game
We need you and you know it. Fight for your integrity.
Open Letter to Legitimate News Outlets: It’s Time to Cancel White House Coronavirus Briefings
Donald Trump’s dog whistling to his base to rebel against state life-saving efforts have no place on television, and…
Those that preceded it were generally posted days apart …
Ceasefire: Real Talk on Covid-19, the Economy, and Potential for Partisan Violence
The damaging rhetoric from both sides will itself spiral into an increased body count, unless it’s curbed now.
Coping with the Daily Onslaught of Covid-19 Stats
Every day, thousands more. When in quarantine, missing the constant news reports is impossible. So then what?
We Are Creating the Need For Our Own “Big Brother”
Donald Trump’s “liberation” tweets of April 17, 2020 are irresponsible, and irredeemable. What happens from here we are…
Michigan Protestors, Your Discomfort Does not Equate to Jews Killed in Nazi Germany
Comparing your plight to victims of Nazi Germany insults those who have died, and survived. The rest may prove…
The Politicization of Breathing
Rita Wilson has become a target of the extreme right for openly discussing her negative experiences with chloroquine.
The Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) Controversy: The Truth is I Am Not a Doctor; Are You?
Everyone needs hope. But hope and risk is a fine line to cross.
Secrets and Lies: Donald Trump and the Decimation of the United States of America
He is in well over his head, and his determination to remain an individualist and dog whistler to his most extreme base…
When It Comes to Coronavirus, the Left Does Not Want Trump to Fail
With crises like COVID-19, there’s no time for partisanship.
Do We Really Need a U.S. Presidency Any Longer, or Can the Nation Be Run by a Bipartisan Board?
A drastic overhaul of the U.S. government will not happen anytime soon, but may well serve several masters.
Donald Trump’s Covid-19 Response: We’ve Seen This Movie Before
Mayor Larry Vaughn first downplayed the threat, then refused to close the beach during a national holiday over concerns…
How Four Days of Facebook Venting About Trump’s Coronavirus Verbiage Led Some to Listen.
Today’s Casual Racism is Hurting Innocent Asians, While White Supremacists Threaten to Weaponize Covid-19.
Trump in the Age of Coronavirus: Why the “Supporter” vs. “Cultist” Debate Matters
Despite party-line bias to the contrary, there is a difference.
I Want My Country Back
The U.S. was never close to perfect, but nor has it been this close to breaking.
Knowledge, Not Personal Politics, Is Our Only Effective Weapon Against Coronavirus
Your politicians are not doctors, regardless of your allegiance.
Donald Trump and “Lucky” Prove the Value of Being Led by a Leash
“Lucky” refuses to leave the house until a leash is snugly fastened on his collar. Perhaps he’s a Trump sycophant?
Senate Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump, Day One: The Rise of the Red Skull?
Is one of Marvel’s biggest baddies biding his time for a real world candidacy?
Let’s consider all the above entries my “Phase Two” of Donald Trump pieces. “Phase One,” below, ended with my most commented upon — and well-received — article of them all …
The following Medium story was by far my most well-received in terms of feedback — of not just Trump pieces, but of my entire Medium output.
The response surprised me, and indeed some who only read the title and not the entirety of the article spurned me on social media.
But read for yourself. I stand by every unfortunate word:
Here's the Problem: Donald Trump Has Passed into Legend
Our current U.S. President has already been immortalized as an American antihero and martyr, regardless of impeachment…
As to its predecessors …
Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Have Validated My Fight for All Targeted Minorities
Truth is, I’ve long fought for any minority group that respects others.
In the Face of Global Anti-Semitism, Jews Must Never Hide
Self-preservation and passivity are mutually exclusive.
“Understand, Mr. President, in the Movies Real Mobsters Plot Against Their Capos.”
Loyalty is a myth.
One Writer’s Sincere Perspective: The Impeachment of Donald Trump
Warning: the following contains brutally honest opinions.
Common Ground: Can a Mutual Love of Genre Tear Down Political Walls?
C’mon now. We may laugh, but the idea of a Space Force is hella cool.
I’ll Talk Politics and Gun Control Until You Pry This Keyboard From My Cold Dead Hands.
I’m a writer. I’m a liberal. I take those responsibilities seriously.
“Mr. President, You are Not Telling The Truth, and I Will Not Pander.”
The media faces a crisis from within: an abject need to reassess its code of conduct.
I Am An Avowed Liberal Who Listens to Conservative Radio In My Car. This Is My Takeaway.
The divisiveness is no joke, and is being manufactured to get worse.
DONALD J. TRUMP HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS.
And for as long as impeachment proceedings are delayed, we do as well.
To Those Who Continue To Mock Robert Mueller
The so-called “Russian Hoax” will likely once again play out in public during Trump’s impeachment inquiry. This time…
Thank You, President Pelosi.
As the world watches, a 5'5" 77-year-old woman emasculates a manipulative 6'2" 72-year-old con artist at every turn.
Op-ed from an Avowed Anti-Trumper: If Those of Us on “The Left” Condone an Artistic Blacklist…
Kevin Sorbo’s invite to an east coast comic con one year ago was rescinded due to his conservative views. What’s next?
Finally, the first out of the gate …
These pieces, rants and all, were written from the point of view of a concerned and proud U.S. citizen. I did not set out to disdain this president. I was once, admittedly, a longtime fan of “The Apprentice.”
I’ve since met the man. Twice.
Again, times have changed.
And so, to my original question … Has “Trumpism” become a religion? Well, with the caveats that a) not all Trump supporters are extremists, and b) one’s religion and spirituality are deeply-felt … exactly how large does a cult have to become to be defined as a new religion?
That’s my answer.
I hope at the very least some of these pieces have provided food for thought.
Thank you for reading.
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