Tomorrow my youngest child will become 30 years old. I’m concerned about the nation her children will inherit, especially when the current president faces the cameras with a sternly clenched jaw and utters falsehoods in a matter-of-fact tone, instructing the reporter to move along to the next question. I saw that on TV today.
The United States, as a nation, has had issues, problems, and struggles for it’s entire history. It would be illogical to think that a nation of more than 300 million people would be able to institute a set of rules that would be fair and just to every individual in every situation or circumstance that might arise, but in our history, our nation has come up with some grand ideas.
We have grown into a country that recognizes that the economy is fluid, and therefore, stability can be elusive. Due to fluctuations in markets, it can be difficult for small business owners to schedule steady hours for their employees, so they rely on unemployment insurance to ensure that the workforce will continue to be available after the slow periods pass in their industry.
Our previous Congresses have passed laws governing humanitarian treatment for our citizens that are poverty-stricken because it was obvious that religion-based charities could not/did not provide for all of the needs of the indigent. The federal government, for the greater good, regularly provides disaster relief to any state that finds itself brutalized by a hurricane. That is not a loan to the state, it’s a gift, of tax dollars.
During the Great Depression of the 20th century (1929-1939), the very young and the very old were the first to suffer homelessness and starvation. The economy had crashed and there weren’t enough jobs available for the able-bodied workers, so no one was hiring the elderly. So, some president back then said we were too great a nation to abide watching our most experienced citizens face such desolation and despair, and the child we know as “Social Security” was born.
Some of our Congresses recognized the difficulty in holding men financially responsible for all of the children they sire, so funds were put in place to provide some assistance to single parent households where the breadwinner is paid only 78 cents on the dollar of her male counterparts. I think they call it TANF now.
My point is, that this is a pretty great nation. We have set things up to take care of our population in good times and in not so good times. We enjoy certain securities and prerogatives. We can travel freely within our national borders. We can practice our religion as we choose and no one can trump our religion with theirs.
We state, nay, proclaim that all men are created equal and that all men have certain rights. We respect each others prerogative to agree or disagree with anyone on any topic.
Well, those were the ideals I learned in Social Studies class anyway. The nation I see before me today is far from the ideal. Now I hear business owners grumble about having to pay for unemployment insurance when they can’t provide the jobs. They frown on this or that employee related expense as a necessary evil, without considering the symbiotic relationship and how integral the employee is to the success of the business endeavor.
Recently, the governor of North Carolina announced that he had received a response from the current president concerning the funds he had requested for Hurricane Matthew relief and it was 1% of the requested amount. (I live in NC.) Since the presidential inauguration, there’s been talk of cutting federal funding for aide to the poor, Medicaid, food stamps, and Meals-on-Wheels.
Are you wondering where the greatness that will make America will come from? Me too.
The Trump presidency has been a string of scandals, lies, cover ups, veiled threats, not so veiled threats, bullying the press, and squashing the vocal dissent; and it hasn’t even been 4 months yet. I shudder to think of 4 years.
Trump spews the narrative he wants the nation to adopt (no matter how ludicrous) and he resents anyone that speaks against him or speaks a truth he wants to hide. How many times have his surrogates stated that they were taking names and testing loyalties?
I’m guessing that Trump got a big kick out of firing Comey, judging by the response I saw on the face of the Russian Prime Minister when he asked a reporter if Trump had really fired Comey. It looked like he was in on an inside joke.
It turns out that Comey, when he was on the job, took notes and kept records of meetings he had. The headlines today would have us believe that not only did Trump fire Comey because of the continuing investigation into his campaign’s Russian connections, but that he also “strongly suggested” that Comey let Flynn off the hook, and arrest the reporters.
Is this nation to believe that when Trump brusquely cuts off the reporter in mid-question, giving a simple “No.” for an answer, and quickly says, “Next question” that he is just saving time and directing the course of the narrative, but we are not supposed to believe that when he tried to coax Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn and those pesky Russian connections that he wasn’t obstructing justice by asserting his influence?
A guilty person doesn’t want to be asked by a reporter, “Did you attempt to coerce Comey to drop the Flynn investigation?” That person would give a quick and flat “no” and want to move to another subject. That person might resort to using a straw man. After the aforementioned interview, Trump acknowledged that he was the subject of the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history. He also asserted that the witch hunt is an event sponsored by the Dems who are mad that they lost the election. How’s that for hyperbole?
I remember when he didn’t refer to himself as a politician. Now that he has been a politician for almost 4 months he has already proclaimed that he is suffering the greatest victim-hood in the nations history. He wants to downplay this whole Russian thing like it’s just a bump in the road. Hang on tight, America. Here we go Trumpity bumpity.