It is time, in my opinion, to respect the intelligence and shrewdness of President Donald Trump. His brilliant use of the media, his ingenious talent with the ambiguity of words, his sensitivity to and alliance with the rage and frustration part of common human nature, and his absolute mastery at winning argumentation with creative mind tricks — are evidence of a very intelligent person.

Unfortunately, this intelligence is yoked to an unusual ignorance in an adult, emotional immaturity, a self-centered character, and a groveling need to be praised and popular.

What seems significantly missing is spirituality — humane traits found in Washington and Lincoln, but not in the soul nor behavior of the current president. He does not admit mistakes and grow by admitting them. He does not care for others without expecting thanks. He does not help people as though they are human like himself. He does not understand history as a teacher, nor appreciate people who work with their hands.

Speaking of making “America Great Again,” the president disparages those very people and arguments which point out faults needing to be corrected in order to make America great again. He uses fake faults — opinions created out of opinion-makers rather than facts. When a president dismisses (or voids) such concerns as climate change, racism, women’s inequality, the suppression of voting rights and wage stagnation. he is making America less great, missing the moment when courage, patriotism, honesty and thoughtfulness could remedy sicknesses in the body politic.

Joris John Heise, Bloomington

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