As a Canadian, I tend to not comment on U.S. politics. I am aware of our need for addressing our issues here, north of the border.
Yet, recent events evoke a longing to join my voice with other much more articulate cries for justice, especially the voices of my friends, who are hopeful U.S. leaders in the midst of so much disruption and fear.
The photo-op of President Donald Trump with a Bible in hand — without permission using St. John’s Episcopal Church across Lafayette Square from the White House as a backdrop while cities are burning — touched a nerve.
The president has an opportunity to unify the nation and to begin to address the generational underlying failures of the society. Alas, it is increasingly evident this president does not have an instinct nor intuition on how to act in a way that is constructive and healing.
His power has been derived from division and fear. An objective scan of Trump’s tweets (and his official pronouncements, especially when he strays from his written notes) reveals a leader who does not have a source of decency, compassion nor even political wisdom.
He is willing to use even deeper wedges in order to solidify his support among those who fear the transition we are clearly in.
I must also add that I do not agree with many commentators who argue that criticism of the president’s vitriolic language equates to being supportive of violence, looting and vandalism. We need much better leadership at this time, in full recognition of the unacceptability of the violence and destruction.
It is clear that this president is not capable of providing vital direction and unity. He is making things much worse by what he says and does. His actions are, sadly, offering more fuel on the fire.