Hello friends 🙂
What a night! And day!!!
I’m not really sure I’m glad I found this, but I did.
You can interpret it as you see fit.
To me, it looks like a pretty clear threat on the life of President Donald Trump.
And, yes, it’s a another actor.
Not long after Johnny Depp blurted out an unfortunate statement at Glastonbury, Mr. Cusack joined the chorus (which has included Madonna, Kathy Griffin, and the Shakespeare In The Park production of Hamlet in New York City).
So I’d just like to start from a place of peace.
I’m guessing Mr. Cusack was drunk or tired or something when he tweeted the above threat at 1 a.m. this morning.
I’ve heard he has since deleted it.
I took a screenshot (foreseeing that he might do such).
Yes, I called the U.S. Secret Service.
Because I love my President.
I spoke with three people at the D.C. office.
They were all very nice and it was actually an edifying experience.
They didn’t laugh at me.
I’ve seen the Secret Service’s signage.
Though I can’t locate a good copy of what I’ve seen, the gist of their message was: “If you hear about a threat on the President’s life (even if you think it’s a joke), report it. Let us decide if it’s a joke.”
So that’s what I did.
Let’s get back to that starting point.
I was upset with Mr. Cusack.
Because I deeply admire our President.
This was, to me, just another example of violent rhetoric from the Left.
But let me be clear: I’m not perfect.
While I’ve never threatened the President (at least that I can remember), I have said some dumb stuff in my life.
I’ve written lots of dumb stuff. Here. On my blog.
And I’ve tweeted some dumb stuff.
In an earlier piece I wrote here, I expressed my disappointment with what I perceived to be the anti-Islamic bent of many Trump supporters.
And I will tell you something: it affected me.
I tried to block people. I tried to ignore it.
But after awhile, it was so prevalent that I succumbed to making bad jokes.
I will tell you my purpose.
I hoped that by joking about such concerning matters that I could somehow diffuse the hatred of some of my fellow Trump supporters.
But I kinda lost my way.
I made too many jokes.
And so I don’t hate Mr. Cusack.
My guess is that he may have been making a joke.
He tried explaining his comment.
I didn’t buy the explanation.
But we should forgive.
Which is not to excuse threats on the President.
Indeed, I took it seriously.
And I expressed on Twitter to Mr. Cusack that I had reported him.
When I woke up today, I had largely nice comments from fellow Trump supporters thanking me for reporting Mr. Cusack.
Then the hate mail started to pour in.
So I’ve heard just about every insult to my person imaginable in the past hours 🙂
I’m sure Mr. Cusack probably did not foresee the gravity of his actions.
I, certainly, did not appreciate the waves my small action would make.
And I admit: I should have done it differently.
I should have reported Mr. Cusack and let that be the end of it.
And so my pride caused me problems.
I am not sorry for reporting Mr. Cusack.
That is the law.
That is in keeping with the instructions issued to the public concerning threats on the President’s life.
And, truly, we in America (at least when I was growing up) KNEW that it was unacceptable to even JOKE about killing the President.
But I will tell you this, dear friends: I thank God for this experience.
It has taught me that I need to improve.
I need to speak with more integrity.
I do not know if I will stay on Twitter.
But this experience teaches me many things.
It is much different to be a public persona.
I’m a nobody.
I’m a little guy.
I have it easy.
But public personas must get hit with abuse all the time.
And I have learned, God willing, that I must again get back to common respect and decency.
I admit, I got away from that in my own Twitter use.
There is no one to blame but myself.
I was weak-minded.
I tried an experiment and failed.
But I try to leave my writing (and tweeting) in place.
Because life is a journey.
Hopefully we are heading in the right direction 🙂
I will admit: I’m scared.
I stepped into the arena.
Which teaches me the most important lesson of all.
I keep coming back to it, but it’s because I believe it to be true.
Those who go to war (our military) and those who police our streets (law enforcement) are the best of the best.
Sure, there are some crooked ones.
But for too long we have denigrated these heroes.
I most especially admire our soldiers who carry out their orders.
Granted, not all orders are to be carried out…but our soldiers have been faithful to the duty which has been placed upon them.
Similarly to our police…these men and women put their butts out there all the time.
That is true courage.
Those two groups.
What I did is nothing.
My fear is inconsequential.
And so I hope I did the right thing.
I’m sure I bungled it with my ego.
And for that I am sorry.
But I am proud of our President.
And I don’t appreciate the threats on his life.
We must all do what we think is right.
And so I humbly ask that anyone I’ve wronged will forgive me.
And I publicly ask God to forgive me.
God is great and wonderful and I praise Him!
It is a blessing to be forgiven.
It is a blessing to repent.
It is a blessing to learn.
May we all improve.