“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher, Voltaire
Voltaire, who also said, “If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him,” was likely making reference to religion in this week’s one-liner. Followers and believers are expected to unquestionably accept the teachings of the church and the stories in holy books such as the Bible, which to my rational mind, can be quite absurd. After all, look back across human history at the myriad atrocities that have been committed through the ages in the name of God and religion.
But I have a more contemporary interpretation of Voltaire’s quote that has to do with the way Donald Trump keeps saying and doing a absolutely absurd things, which his loyal base, the Republicans in Congress, and the “on-air personalities” and viewers of Fox News not only believe but embrace.
And his atrocities that they seem to turn a blind eye toward include, but are not limited to:
- separating migrant families at the border and putting children in cages
- attempting to ban immigration based upon religion
- calling neo-Nazis “very fine people”
- obstructing investigations into Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential elections
- extorting a foreign leader to dig up dirt on a political opponent in advance of the 2020 presidential elections
- obstructing Congress with respect to its impeachment hearings
- rolling back virtually every regulation designed to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat
- calling climate change a hoax and pulling out of worldwide effort to combat climate change
- selling out our country to Vladimir Putin and Russia
- profiting financially from his office as President
- abusing the power of the presidency
I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. Besides, this post has gone way beyond being a one-liner.
Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.