Sen. Gratwick: Donald Trump is like a cancer

Sen. Gratwick: Donald Trump is like a cancer

I have two observations to share. The first is the similarity between Donald Trump and King George III and the second, from my perspective as a physician, is the similarity between Donald Trump and cancer.

July 4th is just around the corner and I took the opportunity to read the Declaration of Independence again. It is always worthwhile.  The magnificent words of the preamble make me proud to be an American.

I sometimes skip over the details of the second section, the Inditement, a list of 29 of King George’s misdeeds, of his “long train of abuses and usurpations”, but yesterday I took the time to read them carefully. They contain ideas that have striking relevance for us today:

  • (The King) has endeavored to prevent the population (growth) of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

I came away with the impression yet again that King George was a nasty guy, a tyrant, a man who had scant regard for the rights of others, a narcissistic megalomaniac.

Donald Trump is an equally nasty guy.

He wants to change our immigration laws on his own whim, condemn two million American Muslims to second class citizenship and build a wall between us and Mexico. The Founding Fathers are groaning.

In his recent statements about Federal Judge Curiel and Trump University he showed that he wants to subvert the judiciary. The Founding Fathers thought this one of the reasons for our War of Independence.

Trump also has his own special lists of flaws that would have lent flourish to Thomas Jefferson’s pen:

  • He started out life with a loan from his rich father and has spent his career scamming the middle class and working people to enrich himself.
  • When Trump’s businesses fail – as did his Atlantic City casino- the workers and taxpayers pay the price, never Trump. He boasts of paying no taxes.
  • Trump University is a con job, based on an aggressive sales pitches focused on low income women with hungry kids
  • Trump’s recent remarks on Brexit indicate that he values his personal wealth more than the health of our world economy.

This is but the beginning. 29 indictments condemned King George; Donald Trump should wish that his list stopped at 29.

As a physician I am interested in how our bodies function, how all our millions of cells manage to live together in relative harmony. I am also interested in what happens when these internal arrangements fail, most spectacularly with cancer. With cancers, one clone of cells, one particular group, begins to proliferate without regard to the rest of the body. These cells are totally self-centered; they spread, metastasize and eventually kill us.

So let us now not think of human bodies but rather the body politic, all of us together in America and here in Maine, held together by many threads – but most particularly by our shared values. And among these I think that trust in each other, concern for the general welfare, belief in equality are the most important.

Trust that we have each others’ back; concern for others as being the surest way of knowing that others will care for us, and equality, for almost all of us are immigrants descended from forebears with dreams of equality.

Then enter Donald Trump, Mister “what’s in it for me?”

Trust? – I pay my taxes.  Can I trust that Trump pays his taxes? No. He prevaricates, he lies. Trust is dead.

Concern for others?  Donald Trump cares for us as much as King George cared for the colonists.

Equality? Of course, except if you are a woman, Muslim, Mexican, African American, LGBT, or a member of some other yet-to-be targeted group.

It took us four years of war to rid ourselves of a tyrant, a mad king. We must look at our history and not embrace a self-glorifying, pitifully small man.

If we turn against ourselves we will destroy the values that have held us together and made us great – trust, concern, equality. We must identify Trump for what he is, a cancer. We must get rid of him before he takes hold. He does not represent our values, our history, our future, he does not represent us.

We must keep the values that made America great and dump Mr. Trump.

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Geoff Gratwick
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Geoff Gratwick is a state senator representing District 9, Bangor and Hermon. As a physician, he has cared for more than 25,000 patients from Waterville to Fort Kent.


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