The Trump administration is again demonstrating its cavalier attitude toward truth and respect for the common human decencies that usually accompany come with personal and professional integrity. Trump’s son, Donald Jr., has been caught red-handed courting Russian interference in last year’s election but immediately the administrations spin machine kicked into gear. This “spin machine” is designed to attempt to make palatable egregious breaches of decorum and compliance with rules, knowing that the base of Trump’s support is sitting anxiously waiting for them to offer a “cover” which will be amenable to their heart’s desires.
No one is completely honest, certainly not politicians. But until Trump there was some limit to subterfuge and “spinning” at which point the humbled politician, often with great shame will acknowledge, “Oops, I am guilty.” This is because most politicians are graced with a human quality which permits them, albeit reluctantly, to admit having made a mistake. But Trump has set up a “machine” in the White House which has as its prime objective declaring to the American public, “I am not at fault. It’s ‘fake news.’”
A related consideration is the administrations sense of entitlement. Donald Jr. demonstrated his father’s penchant for playing loose and easy with basic principles of political decency. When “Jr” was presented with the tasty morsel of an offer of dirt on Hillary Clinton he could not pass it up, knowing that whatever happened the administration’s spin machine would immediately tackle glossing the “difficulty” over. “Jr” had imbibed of the poisonous Kool-aid offered by his father, the knowledge that whatever he might do would be overlooked by his father’s base.
Trump is actually offering the American public a gift. We are now staring face to face with the speciousness of “truth” and a chance to acknowledge just how self-serving our definition of terms like “truth” are. He represents an irruption of our duplicitous heart into the daily charade that we take to be “reality.” Can we learn from self-exposure? Usually not, but I’m not giving up!