Believing Only What we Want to Believe

The White House handlers have their hands full with Trump who would not recognize truth if it bitch-slapped him in the face.  It is almost painful to watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders squirm in the spot light as she attempts to put a positive spin on the maze of duplicity, outright falsehood, and deliberate obfuscation of truth that the Trump administration puts on our door step each morning.  She has now formed a triumvirate with Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer as spokes persons who have made a fool out of themselves in signing onto a job which could only generate foolishness.

I do not think Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a bad person.  She is the daughter of Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas who has run for the Presidency several times and who is an ordained Southern Baptist minister.  I’m sure here Baptist roots are still conspicuous in her life and they help her to cope in the impossible position she has signed onto.  I have no doubt that she is a Christian who has noble intent in her life, professionally and personally.  But, just where is integrity?  She has taken a job to help purvey egregious dishonesty and I’m sure she believes that God is leading her each day.  But, where is the spiritual, moral, and intellectual integrity that would lead most people to resign, probably for some lame-ass reason as, “I want to spend more time with my family.”

Faith is very important to me, believing that faith of any denominational variety has a necessary place in our world.  But faith is not beyond the influence of our human penchant to be “dishonest,” to not allow that faith to influence us in the direction of moral, spiritual, and intellectual integrity.  And many people have signed onto the Trump agenda whole heartedly, laying aside their personal and spiritual integrity, pinning their hopes that his bluster and lunacy will help “Make America Great Again.”  They have pushed the “Do Not Disturb” button in their heart and will not allow critical thinking to take place. When that happens, lunacy cannot help but tease us with its vain promises.

Remember Trump’s brazen vow during the campaign, “I could shoot someone in the streets of Manhattan” and not lose his support base.  He was right.  He captured many hungry hearts who were, and are willing to suspend judgment and cast their fervent hopes on a man who is the epitome of everything that our country has stood for…or has pretended to stand for…since our birth in 1776. These people are not necessarily bad or unintelligent people.  They are merely demonstrating a core human quality, we tend to believe what we want to believe and exclude every consideration that might give us pause.  I again use my favorite bumper sticker wisdom, “Don’t believe everything you think.”


About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos. I have a life-long passion for the liberal arts and a deep spiritual commitment. I will utilize my voracious appetite for the written word in this blog, delving into literature, psychology, religion, philosophy, and linguistics.
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