You can count on it. Every time ex-President Trump’s actions have come under scrutiny, he insists, “I did nothing wrong!” Whether at the federal, state, or local level, everything he has ever done is above reproach, according to him. Pick just one example: The value of his properties is inflated to justify borrowing more money from banks and deflated to justify paying less in taxes. That’s on the record, along with so many other blatant crimes. Maybe the legalities can be warped and twisted to get him out of jail, or bankruptcy.

But “wrong” has a moral as well as legal meaning. It’s broader and deeper. Trump’s definition seems to hinge on whether a particular action favors his bottom line or his hold on power or opposes it. The Golden Rule comes down to us in the Bible and from the wider ancient cultures: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832, English), speaking as a philosopher, not a theologian, bases ethics on “the greatest good for the greatest number.”

Clearly, both of these guidelines are foolish in Trump’s mind, and always have been. His only concern is his self-interest. He has no moral compass.

It could not be more obvious that he is totally unfit to hold any kind of office, least of all the presidency.

Fred Reklau
Oak Park

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