George Graham

A Clear and Present Danger


Obviously, one response to Trump’s dismaying behavior would be to elect a Democratic Congress in 2018 and send him packing in 2020. But the burning question is:

Can we afford to wait that long?

Increasingly, we hear warnings of Trump’s “instability.” Increasingly, he acts with unrestrained malice toward others and with no apparent grasp of the likely consequences of his actions

“I hate everyone in the White House,” he proclaims in one of his rages.

Does he also hate everyone in America? In the world?

It seems so.

Trump’s rhetoric stokes the smoldering hatreds that afflict society. He singles out ethnic, religious and sexual minorities for attack and encourages the abuse of women.

And his actions are even more dangerous than his words.

With malevolent glee, he pursues policies designed to cause pain and even death to other people – dismantling America’s healthcare system, unleashing polluters to destroy the environment, even provoking a global nuclear war.

How long can this continue? Will he snap tomorrow? The day after? Next week?

And are we prepared to take a chance that he won’t snap – at least for the next few years?

With stakes this high, dare we take that gamble?

Surely, the possibilities – the probabilities – are  too frightening to contemplate.  This crisis transcends politics. This is no time for partisan tactics. This is the time for Democrats and Republicans to act together to protect America – and the world – from a clear and present danger.

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About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for