Why morality matters

By Reade Brower | Jul 25, 2019

“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” ― Donald Trump, 2002

The Trump presidency is mold breaking; his Twitter-happy fingers (perhaps thumb) defy norms, setting new standards (lower ones) regularly.

His political rallies center around fear and bullying, offering to pay legal fees to supporters willing to beat people up and creating fear around our immigrant population, rather than working to create humane policies that would help secure our borders.

With foreign policy, he defies those he’s put in positions of authority, called our own institutions corrupt, while embracing dictators in a way no other U.S. president would.

A low point might have been his handling of the Saudi killing of a journalist, a columnist for The Washington Post who was critical of their regime. As he did with Russian interference, he defied our own intelligence sources, not condemning the murderous regime.

Randy, the point is, morality matters ― and supporting men or women in power who have none is flat-out wrong.

When one speaks of winning without honor, they mean if you cheat, that’s not winning. It destroys civilized cultures and creates societies that eat their own.

False securities create short-term gains, followed by selfish and greedy leaders lining their pockets off the people that put them in office.

I think you know this, Randy; this is not a lecture, rather a plea that “morality matters.” Ask anyone growing up with a bully for a parent the price you pay.

If we don’t bring others with us, winning is hollow and ultimately benefits the few.

The tax cut, lauded by the administration as the catalyst for our “booming economy,” might be smoke and mirrors. The lack of cash coming in has left our infrastructure crumbling; we are not keeping up with other countries and it will catch up with us, as will deregulating banks and not believing science when it comes to our environment.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress the “U.S. government is at risk of running out of cash sooner than expected.” The government is experiencing a growing deficit exacerbated by Trump-led tax cuts and will run out of money early in September.

This isn’t “winning,” and Trump’s borrowing and taking from one source to pay another is a common theme that forced Trump into multiple bankruptcies during his time as a businessman.

The point is not to bash Trump; it’s to ask us to consider history as the best predictor of the future. His “3,000 lies in 466 days in office,” according to a Washington Post fact-checker blog that keeps a count of his “misstatements, untruths and outright lies,” is evidence that truth doesn’t matter to him; as his legal adviser Kellyanne Conway stated, this administration relies on “alternative facts” when presented with truths that don’t fit the narrative.

His cavalier changes of course are concerning; when you don’t have a strong moral compass, you sway with the wind. When your goal is to create a narrative rather than doing the right thing, short-term gains become the mission.

Not only is morality important; it’s all that matters. Without foundations, houses crumble. Should we put our cards with a narcissist who lies, cheats, and has bailed himself out multiple times with bankruptcies that protected his wealth but hurt his small vendors? His charity was proven corrupt and forced to close, he’s a serial cheater on his wives, and his sham college was shut down by the government.

One could go on about Trump’s character, or lack thereof, but supporters continue defending his “America First” and “Make America Great Again” themes because their ideals for our country are different than mine.

“America First” means building up our people and our standing in the world, not taking a selfish “MeMeMe” attitude; a rising tide raises all ships.

“Make America Great Again” is much more than “Make America White Again.” I believe in border security but it’s not the equivalent of “round them up and get them the hell out of here.”

To be a country of grace, you need character at the core.


“Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he a prince, or one of the people.” ― Jean de la Fontaine, poet (1621-1695)

Comments (11)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 27, 2019 16:11

“We all came here. We all came here because this is not a country of blood and soil, which Trump thinks — it’s a country built around a universal idea that out of many, we make one. And I know one thing absolutely for sure: that we have a president of the United States who could not pass the simplest citizenship test that is administrated to every new immigrant in this country because he has no idea what this country is about.”  -Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer prize winning New York Times columnist

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Jul 27, 2019 15:09

You look like a good candidate to pick the crops in California, since you've got so much time on your hands. An expanded guest worker program is part of comprehensive immigration reform that the Dems don't want. Open borders mean more future voters unless they can be stopped and they will. Build that wall, build that wall.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 27, 2019 10:45

Hey, Eric the Red, try preaching your twisted economics to the farmers who can't find enough hands to pick their crops and who have to watch their "supply" rot in the fields.

And maybe you can explain this:

"In their vision of the world, low taxes are an invitation to business, which is eager to flee high-tax states and relocate to where the rates are lower. But that’s not the dynamic we actually see at work in America right now. What we see instead is a flow of highly educated workers and industries that employ such workers toward places that already offer a well-educated work force, even if they have relatively high taxes."

And where does that leave the agribusinesses but begging for help, any help, just like all those window signs up and down the East coast looking for any help they can get.  Maybe that's why our waitress in Camden last night was from Romania.  

And of course there's this:

"IBM announced that it is laying off 1,700 employees despite its stock value increasing 16% this year.

Add in the fact that the company paid $0 in taxes last year thanks to the Trump tax cuts, and it becomes ever clearer that companies are hoarding their new wealth rather than having it “trickle down” to works."

So, where's your supply and demand in that.

And there's only one take-a-way from the Mueller hearings that count in my book.

Schiff:  "Trump and his campaign welcomed and encouraged Russian interference?"

Mueller: "Yes."

Schiff:  "And then Trump and his campaign lied about it to cover it up?"

Mueller:  "Yes."

That's all we need to know to brand trump, you, Moscow Mitch and all of his fellow Republicans as "useful idiots" of Putin.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Jul 27, 2019 04:49

Hey Horvath, it's "Sir Eric the Red" to you. It's obvious that you either didn't take Macro or Micro economics in your life in college (which is a stretch to believe you ever attended) or you just don't get it. Demand that exceeds supply increases wages for what it takes to attract workers with marketable skills, not illegal immigrants who don't speak English and have limited education and/or no job skills. And Mueller, that bumbling useful idiot who never read his own report, good luck hanging your hat on his performance. Please, please Nancy, start impeachment proceedings that will occupy the DemoRats in the House right up to election day when she loses the House and gives up the gavel on national TV. Can't wait. Do you have plenty of popcorn?

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 26, 2019 06:30

Wow.  Eric the Red shrieks out his nonsubstantial retort.  How perfectly trollish.  I know you only see what you want to see and hear only what the voices in your head are already screaming but if the Mueller hearings said anything it was just how guilty trump really is and that Mueller was sticking to the story he told in the report.  If trump is to be brought to justice congress will have to summon up the courage to do it.  In the meantime trump will continue to do what he does best, create chaos to distract from his following of Putin's playbook.  I understand he's now arguing with Turkey over the sale of American jets.  What do you want to bet Turkey will be buying Russian Jets in the future and Putin will have displaced us in yet another former area of US influence.


And I say again, for all the other shriekers out there, what's the use of low unemployment if it takes three jobs just to stay alive.  And wouldn't "more job openings than people to fill them" be good reason for more immigrants rather than less?  And how exactly does that last statement jive with "putting more people to work is what is important." I guess contradicting yourself is a glitch in conservative programming.


Maybe you think we need more people.  Read your history of labor in this country and you'll find that immigration was responsible for the rise of American industrial might at the end of the nineteenth century.  Hell, just read history and maybe you'll stop making a fool or yourself on VS.


As for low inflation you -like the people who do your statistics- must not do the shopping in your family.  I've been retired now for four years and seen prices climb steadily since day one.


And do I really have to give you a list of trump's broken promises;  the wall, cheap health for all, never having time for golf, raising taxes on the rich, solving the deficit, a trillion dollar infrastructure package, releasing his tax returns, only hiring the "best" people, etc. etc. etc.  Anyone who believes a word from our "stable genius" is just asking for disappointment, like some coal miners we all know.


Let's be honest.  The only thing trump has "done" is to let McConnell begin destroying the social safety net and further entrench the Republican party in Putin's "plan for America."  I understand he refuses to even discuss protecting our elections from Putin's troll army.  I wonder why.


Dale-  I agree with your last statement, in spades.  And I don't know what Hillary would have been like as president but I suspect she would have at least presented a dignified and upright face to the world in contrast to the vindictive and vulgar bore that faces world leaders every time trump disgraces himself in public.  She certainly wouldn't have been howling like a deranged teenager on twitter every night and I believe she would have made an effort to block Putin's obvious attempts to re-establish the "evil" Soviet empire.  That's why Putin hated her and backed trump and why he supports every rising fascist movement in Europe with money, hackers, and murder, if necessary.  And that's why trump is the greatest danger to our country in a century.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Jul 26, 2019 04:10

Hey "cut and paste" Horvath, you've got too much time on your hands. Nobody cares about all your "stats" when you watch the corruptocrats opining after the disastrous Mueller hearings were over.  What's important is our low inflation, lowest unemployment in history, highest job participation in history and more job openings than people to fill them. Closing the skills gap and putting more people to work is what is important. So in closing, Trump is making good on his campaign promises to "Make America Great Again" and will "Keep America Great" in his next 4 year term. Then, we'll have 8 years for Pence and another 8 years for his VP. By then, we'll all be dead and buried, but we wouldn't be turned into a socialist country.

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Jul 25, 2019 20:06

Ron: Is there any blame, if we can call it that, for the people who led Trump into office, or did he do it all my himself? I also wonder where would we be if Hill had actually gotten into office. Did we get the lesser of the evils and how do you rank the duo in comparison? We only had two choices when we went to the poles, actually three, none of the above. Politics is the most confusing, destructive, and costly game played today in real life.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 25, 2019 15:31

Sorry that the schills are right there chomping at the bit. Until the rest get sick enough guess it will continue. 

Come to think of it someone else's unkindness should sharpen our own desire to be kind. Don't cha think? ;)
Come to think of it: Someone else's unkindness should sharpen oCome to think of it: Someone else's unkindness should sharpen our own desire to be kind. Don't ya think?ur own desire to be kind. Don't ya think?

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 25, 2019 15:17

Your lack of concern for morality, Eric, is not at all surprising.  It's become well established that morality, honesty, ethical principles, or any of the higher human characteristics are of no concern to any trump supporter.  Indeed, the lower he goes the more you enjoy it.  Watching him spiral our country down into a hell of his own particular making is what excites the "deplorables" of which you are certainly one.  


Let's look at the numbers for the trump administration (as Donnie jr. would say.)

20 sexual assault allegations (including one child rape.)

17 criminal investigations.

10 acts of obstruction of justice.

100+ meetings with the Russians.

2 indictments of campaign fraud.

23 indictments in his administration.

5 guilty pleas and prison sentences.


Quite a record.  But it pails in comparison to trump's life time record of business disasters and vile moral failings.  Let's look at the moral record.


"I truly hate disloyal people."  said Eric Trump, son of a man who cheated on each of his wives including Eric's mother, cheated his investors,  cheated his employees, cheated on his friends by seducing their wives, and finally cheated on his country with a foreign power."

"a description of Trump seducing his friends’ wives in the most monstrously insidious of ways...  Trump would put a wife on speaker phone, call the husband into his office, and proceed to question his “friend” about his sex life with his wife, his interest in other women, and his willingness to come over to Trump’s office to sleep with prostitutes, in an effort to sow division in the marriage, so he could make his move.


This account jibes with the harrowing story one of the President’s sexual assault accusers, Jill Harth, gave of him forcibly kissing her while her romantic and business partner, a business associate of Trump’s, was in a nearby room.”

Pretty immoral stuff but simply run of the mill for trump and typical of his political motivation as well.  He is, after all:

The "billionaire" who hides his taxes.

The "genius" who hides his college grades.

The "business man" who bankrupted a casino.

The "playboy" who pays for sex.

The "christian" who doesn't go to church.

The "philanthropist" who defrauds charities.

The "patriot" who dodged the draft.

The "innocent man" who refuses to testify."

Nope.  Not a shred of morality there is there, Eric.  Not that you care, and that's your failing, that none of this means anything to you, that trump's damage to our country and it's sense of itself is all worth it if it means getting to shriek your defiance at the "Libtards."   Just like your vulgar messiah vindictiveness and spite are your only emotions and watching the world burn if the people you hate burn with it is your only satisfaction.  This is the prevailing driving force behind trump and all his "people."  Why else would you so readily accept a president that was financed by Russian money, aided by Russian trolls, advised by Russian agents, and purposely put into office by Putin to destroy American influence in the world.



Did you know, Eric, that trump's reversal of Obama's Cuban policy allowed Putin to step in and offer aid to that country and even discuss building a Russian military base there?  Did you know that after Obama threw 100 Russian "agents" out of this country the trump administration immediately issued new visas for them to return?  Did you realize that trump began criticizing our western allies right after returning from a free KGB financed trip to Moscow?  Does any of this trouble you.  No.  Because you don't care.  There's more, much more, but you don't care.


"At this point, the only reason left to support this president, is that he reflects your hateful heart;  he shares your contempt of people of color, your hostility toward outsiders, your toxic misogyny, your ignorant bigotry, your feeling of supremacy. Good people don't defend a bad man."
-John Pavlovitz

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Jul 25, 2019 14:01

Hey Reade, you need some new material cuz this stuff you're wasting valuable real estate on is older than Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. Come on. You should have spent time opining on the disastrous Mueller circus yesterday, who we all know didn't have squat to do with writing his infamous "Mueller Report", ghost written by his pit bull, Andrew Weissman, aka Shillary Clinton sheeple. Nobody cares about the so-called "morality" of this President, because show me a politician that doesn't lie, forget facts, etc. and I'll show you a ghost. As James Carville (do you remember him Reade?) once famously said, "it's the economy, stupid!".

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 25, 2019 11:24

"To be a country of grace, you need character at the core."

I am so thankful that most of my friends are people of character.   GRACE heals a lot of wounds.

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