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It appears a few Trump supporters have sincere issues with comprehension.

Questioning motives behind words and/or actions of government leaders is not — repeat, not — indicative of support for opposing views or opposition leaders, it is simply questioning motives behind words and/or actions of government leaders.

Of course, such ignorance it not limited to only supporters of our current Tweeter-in-Chief, as it applies to the reality-illiterate on all sides of the political aisles.

While some Happy Valleyites are wrapped up in the current one-sided duel between two evangelicals debating which version of a book has the most realistic description of unicorns, the rest of us are focusing on the slow-motion trainwreck of our republic as it approaches the dead-ahead, washed-out bridge.

This will not end well.

My headline encapsulates just the last week of absolute dysfunction in the White House, with a single individual being entirely responsible for more than 95 percent of the embarrassing mismanagement.

Yet pointing this out does not in any way, shape or form show support for opposing views or opposition leaders, but simply a disagreement with the perplexing breakdown of government leadership at a national level.

As Edward R. Murrow once said, “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” Evidently, a few readers have difficulty understanding this concept.

Anyway, last week’s entertainment began with the president questioning his ability to pardon himself and family members for crimes with which they have not yet been charged and then embarrassed a national organization of kids with creepy-old-guy stories, promised to explain his position on Hezbollah within 24 hours and then remained silent, continued to berate and embarrass his own attorney general, declared himself the “most presidential” president since Abe Lincoln, banned transgendered people (a group he promised to support during his campaign) from the armed forces (forcing leaders of the armed forces to say they will do no such thing), threw a Twitter tantrum over yet another failed attempt to repeal Obamacare and ended the week advocating for the police to rough up accused criminals (you know, the ones presumed innocent until proven guilty) with impunity and firing his last strong connection to the republican party in Reince Priebus.

All of this in a single week.

If wanting a quasi-functioning federal government makes people biased, anti-Trump bigots, then by all means let the name-calling begin, just don’t call them naive.

Those of you insisting these are normal actions of a strong national leader need to come to grips with the inevitable fact that this course is not sustainable. The man should not receive applause for coloring inside the lines.

And foul-mouthed funeral director Anthony Scaramucci has nothing to do with leading a government, either, but he has turned what was playing out as a semi-entertaining reality TV show into a boring sitcom with the entire population of the United States as the audience, complete with a fake laugh track.

With cute slogans like MAGA (Morons Are Governing America), we can laugh at the absurdity of it all, but this dysfunctional national chaos is no longer a laughing matter.

We need leadership, not entertainment.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at

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