There in a word in English to describe the act of a parent who kills his/her own child. The word is “filicide.”
In the aftermath of the train wreck of the Ottawa G-7 summit let us replace the word filicide with a new, more descriptive word..
The President of the United States, one Donald J Trump, engineered a murderous act against this Country’s own child.
It was the United States after World War II which put together a world order for the democracies. After all, it was the United States which worked to restore the shattered nations including Germany and Japan.
It was the United States under the leadership of every president since that war whether Republican or Democrat which led alliances against democracies enemies and led organizations that worked out rules for trade and the settlement of international disputes.
But all the hard work and capital that this and other countries have poured into making our world safer, richer and easier in which to live (as against Hobbes view that life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”) this poor excuse for a man, let alone for a president, worked hard in Canada to destroy.
There in Canada he met the other six having already renounced the Iran Agreement, the Pacific Trade Agreement, the Paris Environmental Accord, the North American Free Trade Act and having imposed trade sanctions on traditional friends of the U S while favoring China and continuing to compliment Russia (he proposed in Ottawa that Russia which had been expelled from the group for good cause be re-admitted).
He met these traditional U S allies reluctantly (he didn’t want to go) and there in Canada he insulted them to their faces and in his various tweets and after agreeing to sign the final communique which was drafted in a forlorn effort to show some, a little, unity, he then two hours later tweeted that he wouldn’t sign it after all.
When Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated his objections to U S tariffs on certain products from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, the same Donald J. Trump called Trudeau “weak” and “dishonest” and one of his henchmen said Trudeau had “betrayed” Trump on the eve of Trump’s historic meeting with Kim Jong Un.
Why did he act as engineer of the Ottawa train wreck, why does he commit “Trumpicide” on what the United States created to the benefit of the world’s democracies?
I can do no better than the Washington Post Op-ed writer Jennifer Rubin who explained it this way:
“…our allies see an incoherent, irrational president who cannot grasp the fundamentals of the international system that works for the benefit of all Western democracies. To him, none of the benefits of the post-World War II international architecture matter. It’s about his pride, his demand for attention, his ability to create havoc — and if he needs to take a wrecking ball to the Western alliance to convince himself he’s smarter than all his predecessors, he’ll not think twice about it.”
Yes, wreck again Donald J Trump, wreck away until you are stopped. And you will be stopped.
This Country that Washington and Adams and Jefferson and Madison and other truly great men and women put together will survive you.
And what of you Donald J Trump? What fate awaits you in the end?
Just hope that you do not pay for your “Trumpicide” and other sins in the awful manner that John Milton described in his epic poem “Paradise Lost”as the punishment that befell the fallen angel Lucifer:
“Him the Almighty Power
Hurled headlong naming from the ethereal sky,
With hideous ruin and combustion, down
To bottomless perdition ; there to dwell
In adamantine chains and penal fire…”
We leave such fates if there be such to God.
We mortals do not seek physical harm for you – live a long life “conning” the rubes, beating your chest like a demented Gorilla and dispensing your particular brand of ignorance.
But we will redouble efforts to use constitutional and legal tools to stop you as soon as possible from doing it from the Oval Office.