• Trump The Dictator?

    March 28, 2024
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    So there I was on St Paddy's day, with my lovely daughter, at a Japanese restaurant, enjoying a lovely sushi supper with a glass of plum wine. An older lady at the table next to us was alone, so I smiled and nodded at her.

    We began to converse about the curses and blessings of social media, especially Facebook. Then we somehow began to discuss the rampant crime in Baltimore, with the increase of shootings  and car-jackings. She said that Governor Wes Moore is trying to fix it.

    “But really he is just pouring money down the drain,” she lamented.

        I agreed with that. The conversation drifted into politics as I battled with eating my Fuji roll with chop sticks.

       “And I hate to bring up the ‘A’ word, but we are in danger of losing our rights,” she declared.

       At first I had no idea of what she was talking about. “A” word? All I could think of was Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter. The lady continued her discourse, as if she was lost in a running stream of consciousness, bemoaning how she had no access to birth control when she was young, and had to go to Europe for the pill. I did not know what I had done to merit such confidences. Finally it dawned on me that the ‘A” word was abortion, and my dinner companion feared its abolition, even though at her age it should not have been too great a concern. I did not agree, explaining that, among many reasons to be against abortion, I was a Catholic. Plus I had always wanted to have a big family.

       The lady pondered me with pity in her eyes. Then she began saying how she was worried about the presidency. I did not see how my being Catholic would bring the presidency to mind. Later I remembered that to some people Joe Biden is the epitome of Catholicism.

       "Yes,” I replied, “it is terrible to have a president with dementia."

       "Oh, but that's better than having a sociopath!" she responded.

       "Yes, Biden is a sociopath as well as having dementia, I agree," I said.

       "No, no, I was talking about Trump!!" she declared.

       "Trump?!" I exclaimed, trying to sound more surprised than I actually was. "Why would you think Trump is a sociopath?"

       She gave a list of reasons that sounded like the headlines from CNN and MSNBC combined. “And besides, Trump is a dictator.”

       “Why is Trump a dictator?” I queried. By this time, I was on my second glass of plum wine while my daughter was eating the fried green tea ice cream. She, my daughter, appeared to be only half-listening as in her twenty years of life she has heard me have such debates many times.

       “Because he overturned Roe v Wade,” our dinner companion replied with deep conviction.

       “I thought that the Supreme Court overturned it, not Trump,” I affirmed.

       “It was those justices chosen by Trump,” my new friend explained.

       I nodded. "Yes, and I think he made some great choices.”

       “But what about poor women, women who don’t have access to abortion?” she asked.

       “Do you mean that women who are poor should not be allowed to have children?”

       “They can have children, but what if they get raped by their husbands?”

       “Well, that would be terrible. But I don’t think that most pregnancies are the result of rape. At least, I would certainly hope not.”

       The conversation eventually fizzled out. Before she left she came and stood over me: "Well, I am a democrat." As if she could have been anything else.

       “I am a Republican.” And I told her to have a nice evening. My daughter and I said a prayer for her during the drive home.

       It was not the first time I had heard Trump called a “dictator” but it still mystifies me how anyone could nourish such a notion. Dictators rule without the intervention of a Supreme Court or an elected legislative body. Of all recent presidents, Trump was careful to stay within the limits of the Constitution, in spite of non-stop false accusations of wrong-doing, all of which came to nothing. He tried to work with Congress. The fact that people with more access to more news than ever before in history have so little understanding and awareness of current events, but instead believe Leftist propaganda, alarms me just about more than anything the puppet referred to as President Biden does or says. When people are fed false information, then they vote based upon what they think is real, whether it is or not. We forget that having a free press is unique in the history of nations; most countries, even when they had a press, had censorship. Those who deliberately spread false information are abusing a most precious freedom. We should never take our freedoms for granted, because the moment they are taken for granted, they are as good as lost.


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    Mary-Eileen Russell

    Mary-Eileen Russell grew up in the countryside outside of Frederick, Maryland, "fair as the garden of the Lord" as the poet Whittier said of it. She graduated in 1984 from Hood College in Frederick with a BA in Psychology, and in 1985 from the State University of New York at Albany with an MA in Modern European History. She is the author of six books under the pen name of "Elena Maria Vidal." She lives in Talbot County, MD with her family.
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