From Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:
By Richard Cohen | October 18, 2017 | 4:56 PM
Just when you think that President Trump cannot go lower, he goes lower. First, he managed to turn the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger into a spectacle of narcissism. The victims included not only the dead soldiers but also the president who had to call the bereaved and offer his — and the nation’s — condolences. “It’s the toughest calls I have to make,” the president said. Actually, it’s the toughest call a family ever has to receive.
Mr Cohen then tells us how President Trump really doesn’t sympathize with the families of those killed in the war, how they are, at best, props for his own egotism. Jumping down to his conclusion:
Trump does not possess an ounce of compassion. He is reptilian, knowing only to show his fangs, hiss and attack. This is why he mocked a physically disabled reporter for the New York Times, why he derided the heroism of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and why he dismissed the authenticity of the Khans, who had lost their son in Iraq.
This inability to feel the pain of others — even to acknowledge it — is not a minor tick in an otherwise good man. It is the salient characteristic of a sadist, of someone so wrapped up in himself that he has contempt for victims. Trump’s name for them is “losers.” They are the poor and the unlucky. They deserve what they get.
Trump is not a conservative nor a nationalist nor some reality show creation. He is a mean S.O.B., base in his motives and cruel in his targets and, until he won in November, unthinkable in American history — a brat in the Oval Office. He’s not man enough to throw an arm around a grieving widow. He disgraces his office and will be remembered by history as a lout. It is now a fate he cannot escape. Sorry, but he knew what he was signing up for.
This is what the Washington elite, Mr Cohen certainly among them, fail to understand: President Trump’s base does not want a man of compassion in the White House, they want a mean SOB in there, they want someone who will base policy not on sympathy for others, but on what is good for America.I am not part of the President’s base; I voted for neither him nor the odious Hillary Clinton. But I am certainly supportive of the President’s lack of compassion: most of the problems we have today, including a welfare system which enables the indolent to survive without working, which encourages illegal immigration, which allows users to continue to abuse drugs, and pushers to keep selling them, stem from us being too compassionate, too soft-hearted, too eager to help. The words of the compassionate St Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, tell us that false compassion should be avoided. Even St Thomas More’s Utopia had a requirement for everybody to work. Kate Steinle is stone-cold graveyard dead due to the compassion of San Francisco’s ‘sanctuary city’ government policies. It has been our compassion which encourages us to forgive the wrongdoing and idleness of others. Even Jesus, when he forgave the woman caught in adultery, offered correction as well, telling her to go, and sin no more.
My good friend Patrick Frey called President Trump a “jackass,” to which I responded that was exactly how his supporters wanted him to act. Maybe in today’s oh-so-compassionate society we can’t have anyone who understands the calamities that compassion has brought upon us without being a jackass, but I’d rather have an uncompassionate jackass in office than those oh-so-noble bleeding hearts who waste our money and weaken our society by being too kind and too lenient.