I’ve tried to understand why anyone with an independent free will would support a person like Donald Trump, I have. What I have come to realize is that people, not only politicians, but all people, by nature are selfish. Politicians have more opportunities than the average person to feed their greed, and they’re more likely to be caught with their hands in the cookie jar. This is why Trump hates the media…they’re watching the cookie jar.
Trump’s fellow republican politicians are now standing behind him, whether they agree with him or not, for their own personal reasons. They want to push through tax cuts for themselves, the wealthy, which they will achieve by dismantling Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act, the arts, preschool…
Pardon me while I explain how something as frivolous as the arts can be lumped in the same category as healthcare and education. The arts make life bearable. Picasso said:
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Whose soul is covered in more dust than the working class? Those who struggle most need the arts to shed light on their bleak dusty lives. Who would take a violin out of the hands of a child in order to stuff more money in an already bulging pocket? Paul Ryan perhaps.
Regulations that keep toxins out of our drinking water, and keep our air safe to breathe, regulations that protect consumers from unethical brokers and bankers—why would those be at the top of the chopping block agenda for republicans? Because without the Environmental Protection Agency, Trump and Tillerson can resume their big deal with Putin, to drain the earth of oil- for their own personal gain- without considering the damage to the planet.
At the risk of slurring a war hero, someone who deserves respect, I need to say I find the most disappointing republicans of all are those like John McCain. He says what I want to hear, talks the talk, calling Trump out at every unconstitutional turn. The “maverick” McCain however votes with Trump 94% of the time. John McCaine even voted for Betsy Devos our new Education Secretary. Was it because he agrees with her belief that schools need guns to protect from “potential grizzlies”, or is it because he has accepted campaign donations from her family?
I want to hear from a republican who is not wealthy, and whose information does not come directly from Trump, to explain how a man who exports his own businesses to places like China and India is going to help the middle class? A man who abuses bankruptcy laws in order to avoid paying contractors and vendors is not going to do anything for the working class. He may want to “Make America Great Again,” but great for whom?
The only way we are going to take America back from the billionaires is to find leaders from our own ranks. Donald Trump does not care. Tell me to “get over it” if that makes you feel better, but I will not sit back silently while Donald Trump (who did not win the popular vote, and who has the lowest approval rating in modern history), follows through on his plans to use his position to enrich himself and his friends.
Christianity is your argument?
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” ~ Mark 10:25
February 23, 2017