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1. Trump in Denial

When I was in high school, I read a story about a voodoo priest who placed a death curse on a man.  The man didn’t believe in voodoo, so he wasn’t worried about it, but then he started feeling poorly.  His joints ached, he began sweating profusely, and he was running a fever.  He told a friend about the curse and asked if he should be worried.  The friend said, “Maybe you just have the flu.  If voodoo isn’t real, you’ll get better.  But if it is real, you’ll die, and what you believe won’t matter.”

This is how it is with global warming.  If it isn’t real, thousands of scientists and hundreds of world leaders are sounding the alarm for nothing, and their folly will become evident in the decades ahead.  But if global warming is real, then climate change deniers like Donald Trump, who’s announced he will pull America out of the Paris climate agreement, Steve Bannon (Trump’s shadowy rabbi), and Scott Pruitt (current Administrator of the EPA) are going to be shown for the fools they are.   The consequences of their buffoonery, however, will be felt throughout the world for decades—and maybe forever.  Trump, Bannon, and Pruitt won’t live to see the worst of the damage they’re inflicting on humanity, but our grandchildren will, as will their children and the generations that follow (if any do).

Tags: Donald Trump, president, climate, denial, Paris agreement, doomsday, global warming

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Mary Nowotny

Thanks, Terry, for putting together and posting this thoughtful piece. It's helpful to hear from such rational people like you who may help influence others to do the right thing - VOTE FOR HILLARY! best regards mary

October 19, 2016, 6:41 PM
Anna Pool

Terry, thank you for this unequivocal analysis of Trump's character. As Michelle said, his vulgarity makes females feel vulnerable, whether we talk about it or not. I hate thinking about my daughter living a world where Trump has so much power. Your candor and courage mean a lot.

October 19, 2016, 8:34 PM
Maxine

Terry, again another excellent piece. You've highlighted the inaccuracies in what Trump proclaims, his inability to accept responsibility for anything he says or does, his unstable and vacillating temperament, and his lack of respect for not only women, but anyone he deems different, weak, or a threat to him. Thank you for taking the time and the risk to publish your thoughts. Vote Hillary and VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS FOR CONGRESS! Another 4 years of gridlock would be disastrous.

October 20, 2016, 4:26 AM
Joe Wade Plunk

Terry, I can only concur with every statement you've penned. Well, that and vote for Hillary. The aspect of his character - character?! - that has had the greatest impact on me during this horrific campaign season is not his vile nature, but rather the vindictive utterances he has caused to spout from the mouths of people whom I love and otherwise respect. I cannot even allow myself to consider what his Presidency would mean for America, which is already great.

October 20, 2016, 10:09 AM
Katherine Freiberger

Terry, your comments are right on target. Not only am I disgusted by Trump's ignorance and self-centered vulgarity, but even more frightened by the possibility that, as our nation's head, he could impulsively plunge us into situations with the rest of the world as well as ourselves.

October 21, 2016, 4:22 PM
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