Can I get my money back?

I’m such a soft touch. A sucker. I thought I was helping Puerto Rico out. I totally bought into the fake news that getting devastated by a category 5 hurricane was a disaster. Silly, gullible me.

It’s not a disaster. Not a “real” one, anyway.

If you read yesterday’s post, you know I was ready (and eager) to move on to my usual trivial ramblings. I so was.

Yet, how can I when, just days after posting an impassioned plea about Puerto Rico on my blog, I witnessed a spectacle beyond words. Normally, I use classic phrases to express my shock. Somehow, “gee willikers” just doesn’t quite cut it this time. Something more along the lines of “what the [fill in word of your choice]” seems more appropriate.

For a man who is so attentive to optics (he had his own TV program, for gosh sake), it’s impossible for me to understand how he could be more optically challenged than yesterday’s “all about me” love-fest.

Yeah, yeah, there are some of you out there who say I’m a Trump hater. Nope, as you would know if you read my blog regularly, I don’t hate anyone. But I can be repulsed by things (and people) and dislike them utterly (such as turnips or beef liver).

Yeah, yeah, there are others of you who say “enough already”, that Trump is who he is and we should just tune him out.

No. Never no. You do not get to turn away from this. You cannot simply shrug your shoulders and shake your head. Not as Americans, heck, not as plain human beings.

You can’t call it “fake news” if it comes right out of Mr. Trump’s own mouth. You can’t say it’s a conspiracy by democrats when it’s Mr. Trump’s own actions. Take a look at these real quotes and actions and honestly make your own opinion.

Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina”

A real catastrophe? A real catatrophe?!? The entire island was decimated. Most of its infrastructure is gone. Two weeks – two weeks – have passed and over 90% of the island is without power. And it’s not going to change much in two more weeks.

“What is your death count as of this moment? 17? 16 people certified, 16 people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.”

Yeah, let’s do some body counting to comfort people in dire straits. Got no power? Water contaminated? People trapped in collapsed buildings? Feel proud, Puerto Ricans, there’s less of you dead than that other hurricane.

“It’s a great trip. Your weather is second to none but every once in a while you get hit.”

Just wanted to say I’m enjoying my trip here. Lovely weather. A little messy, though. Did something happen before I got here? The resort could use some fixing up.

“You’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack. We’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico.”

Funny, I live in Florida and don’t recall Mr. Trump chastising me for being so expensive. I need to check with my friends in Texas, but I must have missed that one, too. Those darn Puerto Ricans (I can’t remember, are they also Americans…the accents always confuse me)…they’re the ones messing with the budget.

Those comments are the ones that stuck in my craw the most. That’s not even getting into the whole “line ’em up and make ’em tell the press how great I am” part of his “show”. I can’t call it a comfort visit because his public comments held not the faintest glimmer of compassion. Just self-serving statements about how great his administration was handling the whole thing (even if it wasn’t a, you know, real disaster…wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

And then.

And then.

What do you call it when you can’t type your feelings. It’s “speechless” when you can’t verbalize.

He goes out among the hurting, heart-sick and health-sick Puerto Rican populace and…starts tossing desperately needed supplies to the waiting people like he’s the guy with the t-shirt gun at halftime of a sports event.

What the [fill in word of your choice]! The comforter in chief? Not on his watch!

My hands are actually shaking with outrage. What kind of person does that?

Help me out here. I was tempted to use the word “heartless” but by all accounts he does care for his children, so what is the word I should use? Self-absorbed? Self-involved? Self-centered? (that’s a lot of selfs…) Tone deaf? Oblivious?

How can he be so focused on “optics” and show such an absolute lack of simple human compassion? How did his trip to Puerto Rico become all about him instead of millions of Americans suffering in fear and desperation?

I am aghast at the man currently holding the office of president. Of all the things that trouble me, this is what hurts the most: that the leader of the land of the free and the brave, the greatest country on earth, seems to be totally devoid of human decency.

On second thought, Puerto Rico can keep my money. Maybe it will help lighten the burden on our federal budget.

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