What’s the attraction?

Lamenting a world in which Donald Trump is considered a viable POTUS pick

The author, a Paradise resident, is a wildlife biologist with 50 years of field experience.

There are people I know—some for almost a lifetime—who are convinced Donald Trump should be our next president. I’ve gone to school with these people—played, laughed and cried with them. We all believed in America. We believed we were on the right moral path and strove for success, not only for ourselves but also to pass it on to our children and their children.

Many of us had to abandon the remnants of the past, including our racial and religious biases, and our disdain for those who loved differently than we did, and I thought we had. It’s not that we haven’t had conflicting political views. Alternative views stimulate the thought process and often result in the finding of common ground based on moral values and common sense.

But Donald Trump is not an alternative view. He is neither a conservative nor a progressive nor a moderate. He meets all the criteria of a sociopathic being whose focus on anything but himself rapidly dissipates.

It is assumed that all politicians are liars, or at least adept in embellishing the truth. However, Donald Trump is more than that. He is an unabashed liar. And what he doesn’t outwardly lie about, he either disparages or ignores. It’s uncanny to me that so many Christians have readily embraced a man whose actions defy Jesus’ teachings.

I cannot grasp the attraction—that you are satisfied that Trump embodies what America has been, what it is, and what it should be in the future. You delight in his demeaning attitude toward other ideas, including discounting science; his disdain for other races and genders; his support of torture; and the demeaning names he uses to describe those with whom he disagrees.

Do you really want him as your American role model for the rest of the world? Are you satisfied that only he can “fix” things, even if he hasn’t produced plans of any kind? If so, I would have to say you have lost your minds.

I don’t recall a time I have felt so saddened.