Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Beware of the monster within

Beware of the monster within

HodgePodge By Charlie Hodge

Perhaps Donald Trump should have had his infamous “big beautiful wall” built around himself rather than along the US -Mexico border. That would have kept the world protected from his paranoid, delusional, insane actions.

Trump’s latest unhinged public rants and whining resulted in the deaths of at least five lives last week. Sadly there’s no doubt that number is merely the tip of the iceberg with future uprisings apparently imminent. The world, not just the US, remains in peril because of the depraved madman. The potential length and breadth of his negative influence filled with hate and lies is terrifying. His tentacles of anger and violence pose a danger to many – most significantly incoming President Biden and other Democrat members.

It is disturbingly clear Donald is relishing in his inspired devastation. Footage has shown him and a handful of cohorts watching gleefully as riots in Washington unfolded last week.

Trump refuses to accept any accountability for his actions including his hour long ‘rally’ encouraging civil unrest just prior to the attack on Capitol Hill. His speech inspired actions that snuffed out a policeman’s life, terrified multiple members of the House, left destruction and mayhem within, violated the sanctity of a building designed for peaceful governance, and rattled the lives of millions. His lack of reluctance or sorrow only affirms suggestions the man is a narcissist and sociopath.

As I write this, debate is taking place by the House of Representatives to impeach Trump for a second time, a decision needed because Vice-President Pence would not evoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump. Even though his crimes are clear and mental state obviously not rational, many paranoid Republican members hedged on hauling the man out of the White House – even though he can and likely will cause untold further chaos before his time runs out next week.

Some say his time left in power is short and what harm can he really do?


The answer is … lots.

Trump is clearly nuts. Dangerously so. Having him in charge of the big button and holding such influence over extremists, far right fanatics, anarchists and conspiracy theorists is like having a pyromaniac left in charge of a gas station.

If left in power count on him pardoning a plethora of his pals and cohorts for crimes against his country. Count on him to incite further anarchy, chaos, and civil unrest. Every moment he remains in power rights and freedoms of all Americans are in jeopardy.

If impeached again Trump will be the only US president to be impeached twice. There’s something to be proud of.

The best outcome of impeachment is Trump will not be allowed to run for office again, which he will absolutely do if not banned from it.

Like many readers I am saddened by the whole situation. I’m also scared of what the next few weeks (if not years) hold.

It is difficult to observe the complete decay of life and liberty south of the border ever since Obama was replaced by Trump. The many positives and opportunities created during the Obama years were intentionally laid waste to by Donald.

It will take years, if at all, to heal the wounds and social damage done.

The Yanks should no longer be fully focused on terrorists from outside their borders – their greatest enemy, greatest threat is from within. It is a nation starting to implode.

With all the chaos and distraction within, bolstered by radicals looking for an opportunity, conspiracy theorists, anarchists and a deranged president – the U.S. faces its greatest unrest since the Civil War. In fact, that is perhaps what we are seeing now – an internal Civil War. However this war is not about slavery as much as … well, who really knows?

I fear for the safety of Biden and his government. Though it may be the elephant in the room, I had pondered recently if someone would attempt to assassinate Trump – something no one in their right mind would want to see. It was suggested to me (somewhat in jest) that such was not likely the case because the sort of radical redneck who’d do such a thing was already a Trump supporter. I now sadly think there may be some truth in that twisted comment.

Regardless, I am scared of what unfolds the next few weeks. I am scared in Canada we’re starting to see similar acts of violence and radical, conspiracy-theory based civil unrest.

Four years ago, prior to his election, I cautioned US Republican voters to stop toying with the idea of picking Trump as the Republican nomination for President. I then cautioned the US public from voting him in as President. “The joke has gone far enough,” I wrote.

Yet here we are, sitting on the edge of a powder keg, watching the monster within pout, and sulk and fume at his political rejection (finally) by the voters. He knows he is done, he knows his pity party didn’t work and he is a desperate, angry, deluded man with way too much power.

He needs to go. Now. Before he has one more day of destruction left .

God bless America – because I am afraid they need it.

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.


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