President You-Know-Who’s speech before the United Nations yesterday is likely to go down in history as the most dangerous, ill-considered presentation by any U.S. president before this international diplomatic body. What is the man thinking? I believe he is trying to score points with someone by using aggressive, threatening language to goad Kim Jong-Un of North Korea. I just don’t know who that “someone” is.
Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” a sovereign nation goes far beyond any rational response to North Korea’s rapid increase in nuclear militarization. Kim presents a danger to the world, including the United States, but so does Trump. When two inexperienced, arrogant, nationalistic bullies start threatening each other, the outcome can be devastating. Trump’s immature and poorly conceived one-upmanship commentaries with Kim could very well lead to a nuclear conflagration that would engulf the world. By issuing his threat to totally destroy North Korea, he is suggesting that he would direct the United States military to kill every single person living in that country. He did not suggest that we would destroy North Korea’s military or nuclear capability; he said unequivocally that we would destroy the entire country. And this man is our president!
I’m sure that Trump is thrilled that his reference to Kim Jong-Un as “Rocket Man” is gaining traction in the media and to a degree among some officials from other nations. Trump likes to be quoted. He likes to have his “clever use of words” repeated, just as he loved hearing “drain the swamp” repeatedly chanted during the campaign. Kids in elementary school learn a lesson that Trump still has not yet grasped: Don’t call people names. It only leads to resentment and retaliation. Retaliation in this case would not be a playground tussle, but a nuclear war.
In addition to his dangerous comments about North Korea, his statement that “we will stop radical Islamic terrorism” only serves to further antagonize Islam-majority countries of the Middle East and Islamic communities in the United States. He continues to equate Islam with terrorism rather than seeking to build effective coalitions with nations to defeat terrorism itself.
The bottom line is that Trump is not prepared to serve as the president of this country. His emotional dysfunction, juvenile temperament, and lack of experience serve as a constant threat to our country. His every action since the election has been divisive, both within this country and worldwide. While he purports to put America first, he is doing anything but. Trump has not come to understand that we live in a global society that relies on mutual cooperation and support to navigate the many threats that we face.
Whether it is his racism, misogyny, disregard for the environment, constant lies, isolationism, or threats to the the most dangerous regime in the world this president is unfit to serve in his position. Congress must take steps to remove him from office. No one so far has been able to temper his dangerously erratic behavior, so Congress must do so through any legal means available to them. This will take courage; surely someone in Congress has the moral conviction necessary to take action.