“Love,” as a word of endearment, is not a word I have heard the President use very often. He didn’t use the word for the Bible when he posed with it as a prop in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. I’ve never heard the President say that he loves the Lord, or the church, although he loves the votes of those who love both.
I didn’t hear him use the word “love” for the Constitution, which is the basis of our democracy, but instead pressured the Vice President to use his position to overturn the votes of the electoral college, which he did not have the power to do under the Constitution. The President did say if the Vice President didn’t come through, “I won’t like him quite so much.”
I’ve not even heard him use the word “love” for the Republican Party, which helped elect him as President, which he is tearing apart, and leaving Republicans in Congress to stitch back together after he leaves office.
I did hear him use the word “love” on Wednesday for a group of insurrections, a violent mob of misinformed Americans that stormed the hallowed grounds of our capitol and forced their way into the peoples’ house, destroying property, threatening the lives of the members of Congress, and leaving behind destruction and death. During all of this, our President sat back, delayed in calling in the National Guard to protect lives and property, and eventually told the mob to go home in peace—and he said, “We love you.”
He actually said, “We love you.”
I know. Jesus said to love everybody. But in saying these words to these people at this time, without condemning their actions, without expressing any kind of disapproval, he’s saying, “I’m with you.”
These are the words of a deranged man who loves himself more than he loves his country. He loves himself so much he’s been stoking a fire of insurrection for months that led to what we saw play out on national television Wednesday. He is too irrational to think clearly.
What we saw Wednesday has happened to United State embassies in countries around the world under siege because anarchists are allowed to have their way in places where we have no recourse and no way to protect our property from destruction. Sometimes, all we can do is protect those that are inside, and sometimes all we can do is get those inside to safety to keep from being killed.
Here we are, the most powerful country on earth, with the most powerful armies at our disposal, with the most powerful President in the world at the helm, and we cannot even project our capitol from an angry mob of insurrectionists? We cannot even protect everyone inside.
Cannot or will not?
There is a children’s story about an emperor that had no clothes. As the story goes, the Emperor was a man fond of wearing very fine clothes.
One day some swindlers came through saying that they could weave the most magnificent fabrics imaginable, but they were invisible to anyone unfit for his office or to those who were unusually stupid.
The Emperor decided that he wanted to own a set of this man’s clothing because he could then tell the wise men from the fools, so he commissioned the swindlers to start the work.
When the work was being done, he sent people to check on their craftsmanship. An old minister went to look, but he did not see anything. He did not want to appear to be a fool, so he lied to Emperor and said the material looked great.
Another trustworthy official brought back the same news.
When it came time for the Emperor to try on the clothing, he couldn’t see anything either. He thought. “Am I a fool? Am I unfit to be the Emperor?” Instead, he gave the clothing his approval.
The swindlers then presented him with the invisible clothing and helped him put it on. Everyone said, “How well Your Majesty’s new clothes look!”
As he went into the streets, the people all said the same thing. “Nobody would confess that they couldn’t see anything, for that would prove him either unfit for such a position, or a fool.”
Finally, a little child said, “But he hasn’t got anything on.”
“The whole town cried out at last.”
Last Wednesday, even a child could see that all those people carrying an assortment of flags and breaking into our capitol were at that moment criminals, trespassing onto government property and threatened the lives and the well-being of all the members of Congress. They could see they were not Patriots as they were called by the President and his daughter.
When President Donald Trump stood before America on Wednesday, without denouncing the carnage, without calling out the people for their actions of insurrection, without assuring America that they would be held accountable for actions of tyranny, and without reassuring us that our government was stable and the transition of power would be peaceful but instead saying “We love you,” to them, I hope at that moment that Americans, regardless of political persuasion were able to say, “The President has no clothes.”
Quotes and Photo Credit: https://medium.com/@mattimore/parable-the-emperor-has-no-clothes-ace63fef6eb8