Most Americans get this day off, and rightly so, for there is no greater holiday than the celebration of our Independence. The time off gives working Americans a chance to catch up with their President, who promised to “work my ass off” (after two years of Trump shouting, we are hardly surprised that this crudity now passes for the lingo of the leader of the free world) but has visited golf courses on 36 of his 165 days in office. Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail that as President, “I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” but he has played the links more than three times as frequently as President Obama did.
Our celebration of American Independence need not entail a celebration of every idiot who has bumbled or bought or bullied his way to elected office. Quite the contrary: our Independence demands that we stand up to tyrants foreign and domestic, including the one who between golf outings occupies our White House. Our daily pledge of liberty and justice for all demands that we criticize a President who spends more time surfing the white-supremacist underbelly of the Internet than studying the basic details of his single biggest domestic policy priority. Our commitment to freedom depends on protecting the independent press from a President who encourages violence against journalists.
Our American Independence demands that patriots look Donald Trump in the eye and say, “Mr. President, you’re a jerk. Stop disgracing America.” And knowing that Donnie-Boy is incorrigible, we can only hope that we have created a country so great that it can continue to function and prosper independently of one jerk in the White House. We Americans now must prove ourselves, our civic institutions, and our Constitution great enough to withstand a President who refuses to put America First above his own selfish impulses.
I celebrate this Independence Day in the firm belief that America can survive Donald Trump. But the fact that we can survive a disease does not mean we should let that disease fester. We need to rid ourselves of this harmful disease as swiftly as Constitutionally possible. While a 25th Amendment removal may be premature, Trump’s firing of James Comey and self-enrichment in office offer grounds for impeachment. Absent such an extraordinary change at the top, we can commit ourselves to change from the bottom in 2018 with the election of brave, principled Congresspeople, governors, legislators, attorneys general, and secretaries of state committed to resisting all of Trump’s abuses of power, followed by the full correction we can make in 2020 by replacing our own little Kim Jong Un with a woman or a man qualified to lead the free world, a true patriot who will work hard enough for all Americans to earn some time off on the golf course (or the bike trail, where I’m headed now) on the Fourth of July.