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One of the responses to last week’s blog from someone I don’t know said in part, “…despite his idiosyncrasies Trump gets results (reduce regulations, job growth, stock market jumped out of slow growth, etc).”

That simple statement revealed so much of what is wrong with our country today.

First was his calling Donald Trump’s words and behavior “idiosyncrasies.” The word means “a peculiarity of constitution or temperament or an individualizing characteristic or quality.”

Based on that definition, in spite of the irrefutable fact that since taking office Donald Trump has told one lie after another, this supporter sees basic dishonesty as an “idiosyncrasy,” as “a peculiarity of temperament.”

Think about that for a moment.

Also, since taking office Trump continues to call people names (calling Comey a “slimeball” is the latest example) the way children do, but once again this supporter sees that as an “idiosyncrasy.”

I could go on, but the point is clear. Apparently Trump being “untethered from the truth,” as James Comey put it so well, and demeaning his office by calling people names, the writer believes his flawed moral character is merely an “idiosyncrasy.”

No wonder our country is in trouble.

But what about the respondent’s assertion that Trump “gets results.” One example he cited was “reducing regulations.”

What regulation do you suppose he was talking about?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulations to keep workers safe. The Food and Drug Administration has regulations to ensure food is safe to eat. The Environmental Protection Agency has regulations to protect the environment in hundreds of way.

Which ones of these does the writer like Trump cutting?

Perhaps the most well known are the ones EPA director Scott Pruitt has relaxed, such as allowing coal companies to dump coal sludge into nearby creeks, allowing fossil fuel companies to jettison plans to curtail leaks of methane and greenhouse gases, or reverseing the ban on the use of a pesticide the EPA deemed dangerous to children’s health?

How does someone see these actions as good for the country?

What about “job growth” the respondent says Trump has accomplished?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the last quarter of 2017 163,000 additional jobs were added per month, and for all of 2017 job growth averaged 171,000 monthly.

Those are good numbers, exceeded by even better ones during the last four years of the Obama administration when job growth averaged 174,000 per month and hit an all time high of 250,000 per month in 2014.

I’m wondering where this writer was the last few years. Did he notice job growth under Obama? Does he actually know what the job growth has been under Trump?

How about the stock market? The market gained some 23% in Trump’s first year, a very good growth.

Of course, in Obama’s first year after near economic catastrophe the market gained 41%. This year (2018) the market has leveled off and also experienced some of its most dramatic losses in years.

So, again, I am wondering what information the writer and Trump supporters like him are seeing or hearing.

I don’t know the answer, but what I do know is that cutting Trump slack for being a fundamentally flawed man charaterologically based on the claim that he gets results is not supported by facts.

The same thing was true in regard to a comment by another respondent who agreed with Trump that the FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s office was a violation of attorney client privilege.

Apparently he doesn’t know that under U.S. law there is what is called “the crime-fraud” exception to client privilege which states that “a client’s communication to his or her attorney isn’t privileged if it is made with the intention of committing or covering up a crime or fraud.”

As I have thought about these responses, and many others like them, I am forced to wonder if Trump supporters ever bother to take the time to find out the facts about any subject they sound off about.

And that is my real point here.

To make a credible argument about anything, you have to do more than and better than just saying something, more than and better than talking in generalities without specifics, more than and better than making unsubstantiated claims.

An argument that deserves to be taken seriously is one where the person making it takes the time to find supporting evidence for it.

At this point Trump supporters have shown no inclination to do that. Perhaps the reason is that they are afraid they will discover that there is no support for what they believe or say?

Whatever the reason, their willingness to believe things without taking the time to check them out or do a little research to see if there is any evidence to support what they believe is doing great harm to our country.

Of course, what I say will fall on deaf ears if they happen to read this blog, but I am not writing to them.

I am writing about them to the rest of us to encourage us to speak about things we know because they are true.

That means we continue to research what we think and believe before we speak about it publicly.

That is how we can maintain our credibility and also serve in the army of unsung heroes who are rendering real patriotic service to our nation.