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American psycho.

   As a youngster growing up in Jamaica I always admired a family friend, who, to this day, I still consider one of the wisest people that I have ever known. (Shout out to Brother Andy.) When anyone would go on about America and what a great country it is, he would say ---and I am paraphrasing-- that  America is no different than anywhere else, they just happen to have a little more material things. The people there are no more righteous or wise than people in other places, and as a result they are not immune from the ills that have befallen other governments and countries.  

Now, all these years later, I am starting to think  that he was right.

We elected Donald trump to be our president. Donald trump! Let that sink in for a minute.
(Hopefully his former right hand man is right and there is a great chance that he will leave office before his term is up.) 

I must admit that unlike a lot of my progressive friends, I did not think that it would be the end of the world when the game show host went to Washington. Yes, he is a racist. Yes, he is emotionally unstable. Yes, he would rather watch television all day than read a book. But that doesn't mean that he could destroy the country all by himself. Boy was I wrong. 

Consider the following: Americans on the island of Puerto Rico are crying for help, as most of the people there have no running water or electricity. And what does he do? He lashes out at them and threatens to cut off what little assistance he has been giving them. Why? Because they have not been kissing his ring to his liking. 

There are wild fires blazing in California, the worst in that state in decades. Lives are being lost and properties are being destroyed, and yet he chooses to tweet about grown ass men being paid to play a game choosing to exercise their constitutional right not to stand for the anthem.  He would rather tweet than do his job that the people sent him to Washington to do. 

He constantly lies  to the American people about things large and small , and his ego combined with his twitter addiction could get us all killed one day.

Finally, and probably the most scary development of all, he has attacked the free press in this country. We depend on the press to give us the real news (not the fake news trump and his supporters like to push on us) but those institutions under trump are in trouble. Apparently our "supreme leader" has a problem with the free press, and he wants the government to do something about it. 

Now if that doesn't scary every man and woman in this country, well then Brother Andy just might have been right.

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