Has per­jur y re­placed truth in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion?

South Florida Times - - OPINION -

As Amer­i­cans, we would like to be­lieve that truth reigns supreme, and our lead­ers op­er­ate with in­tegrity and hon­esty. But in 2017, un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, things are dif­fer­ent, and truth has been re­placed with per­jury and lies.

Lawyers, politi­cians, and sales peo­ple are a unique group of in­di­vid­u­als be­cause they are known to talk from both sides of their mouths. They are com­fort­able mas­sag­ing the truth to in­flu­ence clients to spend money, and hope their can­di­date gets the vote. Many times the in­di­vid­ual will not tell the truth in le­gal mat­ters, thereby com­mit­ting per­jury.

Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, “per­jury is con­sid­ered a se­ri­ous of­fense as it can be used to usurp the power of the courts re­sult­ing in mis­car­riages of jus­tice. It is the in­ten­tional act of swear­ing a false oath or fal­si­fy­ing an af­fir­ma­tion to tell the truth, whether spo­ken or in writ­ing, con­cern­ing mat­ters ma­te­rial to an of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ing. Fed­eral law clas­si­fies per­jury as a felony and pro­vides for a prison sen­tence of up to five years.”

It is time in Amer­ica to tell the story straight and truth­ful, but it seems eas­ier to lie and pro­tect the pres­i­dent. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is en­dan­ger­ing our Demo­cratic sys­tem, and when the pres­i­dent and his en­tire ad­min­is­tra­tion can’t be trusted who can you trust?

When the White House Chief of Staff , John Kelly called Rep. Fred­er­ica Wil­son “an empty bar­rel,” and at­tacked her about a FBI cer­e­mony, and he had the story all wrong; there is some­thing fun­da­men­tally flawed within our lead­er­ship.

When the pres­i­dent spoke to the mother of gold star Sgt. La David T. John­son who re­cently died in Africa, and said to her “the fallen solider must have known what he signed up for” is cold and cal­lous. The mother felt dis­re­spected and hurt, but in­stead of of­fer­ing her an apol­ogy, his ad­min­is­tra­tion started a war of words and ac­cused the mother of ly­ing.

When the White House press sec­re­tary, Sarah Huck­abee-San­ders tells 65 lies in 20 min­utes at a press brief­ing, you must ask the ques­tion, “does she have a soul?”

Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sulted in Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los, a Trump cam­paign ad­vi­sor, to plead guilty to ly­ing to the FBI. Amer­i­cans are now won­der­ing what other mem­bers in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion are also com­mit­ting per­jury.

It ap­pears Trump’s press sec­re­tary Huck­abee-San­ders finds it easy to mas­sage the truth, but re­porters know that her fab­ri­ca­tions are not truth­ful. She is rude, dis­re­spect­ful, and at some point, her lies will be ex­posed for what they re­ally are.

Since Trump has not had any ma­jor leg­isla­tive vic­to­ries, he and his ad­min­is­tra­tion will try to push through his tax re­form bill. This tax re­form bill is es­sen­tially a two tril­lion dol­lar tax cut to the large in­ter­na­tional con­glom­er­ates start­ing with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has been fined bil­lions of dol­lars for cheat­ing its cus­tomers, and now they are be­ing re­warded with a tax gift.

United States Sen­a­tor, Eliz­a­beth War­ren (D-Mass), re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment: “The new Repub­li­can tax plan is the same warmed-over, trickle-down plan they’ve been push­ing for decades. It de­liv­ers mas­sive tax cuts to mil­lion­aires and gi­ant cor­po­ra­tions and kicks work­ing fam­i­lies to the curb. While the plan slashes the in­come tax rate for the high­est earn­ers, it ac­tu­ally in­creases the in­come tax rate that ap­plies to many work­ing fam­i­lies.”

The ma­jor rea­son Trump and the Repub­li­cans have had no ma­jor leg­isla­tive vic­to­ries is be­cause their ideas and poli­cies are wrong and dan­ger­ous for Amer­ica. Tak­ing money out of hard work­ing fam­i­lies’ in­comes, and then ly­ing about it is de­ranged and sick.

At this point in Amer­ica, Trump and his team can­not be trusted, and change must start with the im­peach­ment of Trump; be­cause he should not be en­trusted with the life and death pow­ers given to the pres­i­dent.

South Florida is get­ting ready for the an­nual Mi­ami Book Fair, now in its 43rd year, and each year, hordes of black read­ers would turn out in search of our sto­ries. The se­lec­tions have in­creased, and there are al­ways a few good reads; par­tic­u­larly new works of fic­tion.

But what about our his­tory? His story. Her story. The right story.

Seem­ingly, cur­rent day his­to­ri­ans are much too close to the na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal bat­tle­fields, its past wars (es­pe­cially the first Civil War of the 1860s), and par­tic­u­larly its on­go­ing so­cial con­flicts, to of­fer a clear or ob­jec­tive long view. The daily skir­mishes are much too con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous; the drawn blood still bright red; fresh.

For in­stance, when April Ryan re­cently asked Sarah Huck­abee San­ders about the con­flict­ing state­ment that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly made about the ‘failed’ com­pro­mise that led to the Civil War, the an­swer Ryan was look­ing for could not be given by San­ders.

San­ders could not give a sat­is­fac­tory an­swer. Not just be­cause she is white; but be­cause she is white, Sarah could not ap­prox­i­mate the right an­swer.

Tac­i­tus (d.120 AD), a Ro­man sen­a­tor who is still con­sid­ered one of the great­est his­to­ri­ans, re­minds us that “vic­tor and van­quished never unite in sub­stan­tial agree­ment.”

To date, nearly all pub­lished Amer­i­can his­tory is on Sarah’s side; she is a mem­ber of the ‘vic­tor’ group.

But black folk are still look­ing, in vain, for pub­lished and/or pub­licly pro­nounced ‘cor­rect’ re­sponses to what has been our plight in this coun­try.

Af­ter nearly 400 years of be­ing part and par­cel of this na­tion; where our (free) la­bor, es­pe­cially in the South, con­sti­tuted the very fab­ric and fiber of this coun­tries’ wealth and, thereby, giv­ing the USA first world stand­ing; pro­vid­ing much of the mus­cle and sinew of the US mil­i­tary; orig­i­nat­ing cer­tain cul­tural, mu­si­cal and lit­er­ary ex­pres­sions; and dis­pro­por­tion­ately en­ter­tain­ing the fans of pro­fes­sional foot­ball, we are still search­ing for our right­ful place in

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.