Who are we?
As the November midterm election approaches, Americans must ask ourselves if we truly believe in the ideals and values that once made American the most respected democracy on earth, or have we abandoned those virtues to instead follow Donald Trump, a narcissistic demagogue bent on self-enrichment and power? He cares not for this country, its Constitution, or its people. Daily he levels assaults on the basic tenets of our democracy. He attacks our free and independent press, calling it the “enemy of the people.” He constantly interferes and pressures the Department of Justice. He sides with Vladimir Putin instead of with our intelligence agencies. He undermines the integrity of our electoral process by stating in 2016, “If I lose it’s because the system is rigged.”
He has gained power by lying, promoting economic fear, and dividing American by instilling ethnic hatred. President Lyndon Johnson once argued, “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket.”
Trump and the Republican Party have excelled at picking the pockets of middle America: unprecedented tax cuts for the wealthy, numerous votes to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, and the transfer of more power to corporations over workers. Most disturbing was a recent statement by economic advisor Larry Kudlow, that in 2019, Republicans will begin to look for ways to cut entitlements (Social Security and Medicare).
Open your minds, for this election will determine the soul of America.
– Mark St. Ivany, Belleville