Trump has taken his war on words…and reality…to another level now that he is feeling the pressure from the investigation of Robert Mueller. When his denials of Russian “collusion” and “obstruction of justice” were beginning to appear beyond the pale of foolishness, just yesterday they took a new approach explaining that the office of the Presidency meant that Trump was beyond any guilt of “collusion” or “obstruction of justice.” If the criticism of being ugly is beginning to sink through one’s thick skull, it is convenient to merely convince oneself…and close friends…”Oh, no! This is beautiful!”
And here Trump has introduced a new feature into the frenzy of the Republican soul—if something happens that does not fit your desires, just deny it or redefine the terms! And he has demonstrated that hordes of the party base will go along with him and the rest of the party will tag along because without that base…and increasingly without Trump…they have no identity at all. Trump has single-handedly captured the Republican soul as his own abysmal spiritual emptiness offered them a validation. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” said Jesus, and Republicans have now found their mouth piece and are getting accustomed to it.
In the Trumpian world there is no Real, only the “real” that many of us see as beautiful and extremely important but having value only as an expression of “the Real.” A shift of perspective introducing one to the illimitable mystery of life, wherein lies life’s essential beauty, threatens the commonplace real that rules their world where it could give it enhanced meaning. Driven by his profound existential insecurity, fear, and loneliness, Trump is driven to find validation only in the “real” world of the ephemeral and totally neglect the interior world, his “heart”, which, unattended, will always atrophy even to the point of spiritual death. When that inner emptiness, present with us all, is neglected, it becomes a veritable black hole which will suck into its hungry maw anything that tarries on its periphery for even a moment. Witness Reince Priebus, Kelly Anne Conway, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, naming but a few. And now our entire country is in the orbit this vortex…hopefully only on its outskirts, but even that is a dangerous position to be in.
This is a spiritual crisis; and by “spiritual” I’m not talking about “spirituality” of popular vernacular but of an experience that is always underway beneath the surface, hidden beneath the rational veneer made manifest with our words and deeds. How ironic that evangelical Christian support of this darkness is unfazed with the steady disclosure of the Trumpian “Heart of Darkness,” refusing the efficacy of the Jesus that they believe in which could empower them to suffer through the necessary disillusionment.
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