Ethics

We witnessed moral bankruptcy

Stop racism - Credit: Henry B

Stop racism – Credit: Henry B

Today was the saddest day I can remember in my living history of America.

Our President, Donald Trump, the leader of our country, a person who is supposed to heal wounds, showed his moral bankruptcy.

Protest racism

Protest racism – Credit: Henry B

He showed his soul today in the most offensive news conference ever witnessed by the American people.  As he went off the teleprompter and went rogue, we saw the real Donald trump.  A person who victimized so many people in his career.  A sexual predator (grab them by the pussy), a con man, a person who has ripped off his contractors and innocent people who bought into his fake university.  He is the person who represented the worst of human decency –  being the original birther that started his political career.

It is simply not good enough that he has the worst popularity of any American president.  That means nothing for the next four years.  It is now a defining moment for America.  The GOP cannot give cover to this president anymore.  The brave and courageous Republicans who have put country over party should be applauded.  It is now the time for all people, despite their political stripes, to unambiguously call out the KKK, Neo-Nazis and White Supremacist.  We clearly do not have a leader who will do that.  We need a unification of all political parties to say that Donald Trump’s views do not reflect anything remotely American.

Below is a letter from the father of a Neo-Nazi.  He is ashamed of his son.  It is stunning that a father of a White Supremacist could be more clear about racism than the President of the United States of America.

My name is Pearce Tefft, and I am writing to all, with regards to my youngest son, Peter Tefft, an avowed white nationalist who has been featured in a number of local news stories over the last several months.

On Friday night, my son traveled to Charlottesville, Va., and was interviewed by a national news outlet while marching with reported white nationalists, who allegedly went on to kill a person.

I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions. We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home.

I have shared my home and hearth with friends and acquaintances of every race, gender and creed. I have taught all of my children that all men and women are created equal. That we must love each other all the same.

Evidently Peter has chosen to unlearn these lessons, much to my and his family’s heartbreak and distress. We have been silent up until now, but now we see that this was a mistake. It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now.

Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.

His hateful opinions are bringing hateful rhetoric to his siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews as well as his parents. Why must we be guilty by association? Again, none of his beliefs were learned at home. We do not, never have, and never will, accept his twisted worldview.

He once joked, “The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.”

Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too. Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.

Tefft lives in Fargo.

 

I have faith in the decency of the Republicans, the party of Abraham Lincoln, to rise to the occasion and loudly reject Trump’s moral bankruptcy.

 

 

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