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Insecure Evil

I wonder how much evil has been done because a person with power is insecure. I know that almost everything I regret doing or saying in my life came from that broken place in my soul. You’d think I’d be over it by now, but the best I can say is that I’m more aware of it and better able to resist it … sometimes.

If only the same could be said of the current occupant of the White House. He is a heterosexual white man who inherited great wealth and built upon it using other people’s labors and money. He now is the most powerful person in the country. Why on earth should he be so deeply and neurotically insecure? He obsesses about crowd sizes, still denies he lost the popular vote, insists that the election was rigged without acknowledging that it was rigged in his favor, attacks vulnerable people, fires people who don’t inflate his ego … The list could go on, but the most dangerous and destructive manifestation of his infantile ego compensation is that the ONLY distinctive policy he pursues is undoing anything that his predecessor had done.

Yesterday, he scraped the slimy bottom of the barrel by pushing his right-wing, bigoted attorney general who, by the way, is named after the president of the Confederate States of America, into the public eye to announce the reversal of the Obama-era program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or the “Dream Act.” Immigrants, known as “dreamers” who were brought to this country as children, have kept their noses clean, are employed or are in school, and have passed an extensive background check, now must fear they will deported from the only country many of them have ever known. He wants to punish 800,000 young people who have never done anything wrong.

The excuse du jour is that DACA was presidential overreach, which is an obvious lie given what Donald Trump is trying to do to people from certain Muslim nations and the way he has instructed ICE to ignore civil liberties and practice wholesale racial profiling. It isn’t about too much executive authority. (Please, don’t make me laugh.) It is about appeasing his small right-wing base who demands that anything the black president did must be reversed. It is the only governing principle of the most insecure human that has ever occupied the Oval Office. One might compare him to Richard Nixon, but that would insult Nixon who genuinely had the country’s best interest at heart, at least most of the time.

We must fight this cruel and unjust decision, and we must mobilize to relentlessly resist the evil done by insecurity, whether it is ours or the popular vote loser who currently is trying to undo the work of a person the majority of Americans elected twice.




Rev. Michael Piazza

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