The Sh*thole President: Donald J. Trump.

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I’ve traveled to over 40 countries on this planet and have lived in five.

The only sh*thole is Donald Trump’s mouth. His racist comments that African, Central American, and Caribbean nations are sh*tholes should disturb everyone.

On behalf of the United States, my deepest apologies to our allies and friends who live, work, fight, and struggle in over 120 countries on Earth for the cause of freedom and democracy. And for the 60 countries who serve as our military allies, including some of the countries Trump refers to as sh*tholes, I’ll be surprised if they keep dying for our ignorance.

For those of us who have served in the military, intelligence, or in pubic service, it’s impossible not to be appalled as the racist, Donald J. Trump, undermines our nation as a beacon of hope.

It saddens me, deeply, to know people from foreign nations who have literally died fighting to defend American ideals alongside Americans, even when Americans have killed people in their nations. Some who have died are from the countries Trump referred to as sh*tholes.

For example, nearly every African country on the continent fought alongside the U.S. in World War II—most joining the allies after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In turn, Haitian-Americans have fought alongside Americans since the Revolutionary War, and again in wars thereafter, despite the fact that we have invaded Haiti and occupied their nation between 1915 and 1934, again in 1994 and 1995, and then decided to overthrow their elected government in 2004 as we undemocratically bank rolled a coup d’état and forcibly removed Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Mr. Trump’s actions are even worse when one has knowledge of the many ways in which American interests have exploited the weak and poor abroad—and here in America—for the benefit of plutocrats like Trump.

To have such an ignorant and vapid President of the United States brings shame to all of us in ways most Americans may not even understand. It undermines our interests, our allied alliances, and our national security. It undermines everything America has ever stood for to Americans, and to the world. It undermines who we are collectively as a nation.

We are a nation of immigrants of hope and freedom that others long and suffer for as they struggle against oppressive regimes that repress the human spirit as Trump and his sycophants attempt to do today.

It would behoove us as Americans to be humble and grateful for the freedoms, privileges, and the Constitutional rights that others have not been afforded.

I encourage everyone to vote in 2018 and 2020 to expel Republicans from power and all those who stand idly by as Mr. Trump wreaks havoc on our democratic institutions, culture, and society.

Get involved in a local campaign now; the defense of democratic values and change begins with us.

Our privileges won’t last forever. Freedom is fragile—defend it, or we may go the way of Rome.

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Author: Dr. Matthew King
Image: NY Daily News
Editor: Travis May

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Dr. Matthew King

Dr. Matthew Wilburn King is an American author, international consultant, and “creative” residing in Boulder, Colorado. Matthew’s ultimate purpose in life is to live, love and learn. He has two decades of experience conducting research and development, leading projects, writing and delivering strategies in the fields of environmental governance, sustainable development, and social entrepreneurship. He’s worked for government, universities, non-profits and the private sector. He consults and advises leaders worldwide.

Matthew has been to every Continent on Earth with the exception of Antarctica, completed expeditions to over 30 countries, lived in five and studied and conducted research in four—completing his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.

He has published academic and popular literature for the Journal of Biological Conservation, Marine Policy Journal, Earth Island Journal, World Watch Institute, U.N. Environment Program, U.N. Peacebuilding Commission, One Earth Future Foundation, U.S. Department of State, NOAA Research, Boulder Magazine, Mantra Magazine Yoga + Health, among others, as well as given talks around the world. He was 1/365 Authors selected to contribute to Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet alongside Dr. Jane Goodall, Nelson Mandela, The 14th Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking, Maya Angelou, Justin Trudeau, and others.

He is a former US Presidential Management Fellow, a Founding Member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, a post-graduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Kinship Conservation Fellow, and a Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. He is the Founder, President, and Chairman of the COMMON Foundation, serving people, planet, and peace. His biggest journey, thus far, has been his current one, from head to heart. You can find him here at COMMON Foundation, King’s Newsletter, King’s Creations, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Amazon Author Profile

Dr. Matthew King Aug 1, 2018 9:48pm

Yes, Bud Wilson, voting is absolutely critical. All of us must vote. As always, thank you for sharing your thoughtful comments and, again, thank you for reading, I'm truly grateful. You can follow my most recent on my FB Author Page, which is here: http://www.facebook.com/drmatthewking If you'd like to be notified by email when new articles become available, you can sign up for my newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/dBwMWP Warmly, Matthew

Dr. Matthew King Aug 1, 2018 9:47pm

Penny Sheridan, I'm delighted to hear that you were inspired and decided to take action as as result. All of us must vote, it's one of the most important things we can do as citizens in a participatory democracy. Thank you for reading, I'm truly grateful. You can follow my most recent on my FB Author Page, which is here: http://www.facebook.com/drmatthewking If you'd like to be notified by email when new articles become available, you can sign up for my newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/dBwMWP Warmly, Matthew

Dr. Matthew King Aug 1, 2018 9:46pm

Steve, Thank you for reading, I'm truly grateful. You can follow my most recent on my FB Author Page, which is here: http://www.facebook.com/drmatthewking If you'd like to be notified by email when new articles become available, you can sign up for my newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/dBwMWP Warmly, Matthew

Dr. Matthew King Aug 1, 2018 9:46pm

Linda, as always, thank you for sharing your thoughts and for reading my articles, I'm truly grateful. You can follow my most recent on my FB Author Page, which is here: http://www.facebook.com/drmatthewking If you'd like to be notified by email when new articles become available, you can sign up for my newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/dBwMWP Warmly, Matthew

Bud Wilson Jan 15, 2018 3:28pm

Matthew Wilburn King your words are clear and compelling. The rampant abuse of power currently asserting itself through the name calling, reality denying, greed driven, fear mongering, hateful, gang of Republican law makers, policy wonks and cabinet members is a sad testimonial to our failing educational system and cultural norms. The question arises how do we move beyond governing by sound bites and insults? How do we reach the hearts and minds of his so-called "Base"? Well, in my mind, we don't have to right now. That can come later...we out number them! YES, getting rid of these modern triumvirate rulers is our first priority. VOTE them OUT. Their control of all administrative committees, extremist judge appointments, executive orders supporting extractive industry policies (read: raping the heart of Gaia) to name just a few of their adventurist activites is a gluttonous feast upon the very soul of our nation and the integrity of our precious Earth.

Penny Sheridan Jan 15, 2018 3:16pm

Your article has inspired me to volunteer for our Democratic representatives in my state. I too, am appalled by the election of this man to our highest post in the country. Thank you for your service and your poignant editorial.

Steve NottheStevieguitar Miller Jan 15, 2018 3:02pm

Oh, don't act so delicate and pure! It's like I heard the ex-soldier say, when he was on patrol he never said to himself, what a lovely paradise, I must come back! It was exactly a shithole! You've got to be one of the goddamn "Communists" to want them back in charge? Your out of your fucking mind!r

Linda Lewis Jan 15, 2018 2:50pm

Thank you for this articulate and so relevant article! Canadians are embarrassed just to be living next door to the USA right now! Indeed, the only hope is that the 2018 election will bring more Democrats into power in Congress. The unbelievable reality is that Trump's Toadies deny his potty mouth as much as they still deny climate change. The Republican Party used to be better than this. It used to have some dignity. And I confess there is still some silent sanity in the party, but it is not the time to behave servilely, it is not the time to cower. Those who hang on to Trump's masquerade, who still fawn upon him as if he is the savior of the Confederacy, those haters will be swept away in the next election. As one pastor quoted in the New York Times said, it's time to change the lyrics to "We Shall Overcome" so that we sing NOT "someday", but TODAY!