The Prosperous and the Pushovers

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

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3 thoughts on “The Prosperous and the Pushovers

  1. Thank you for your posts. Thank you for overcoming your earlier reluctance to be political. You go to the heart of the matter every time, and I read your posts avidly but try not to get carried away and comment as I’m trying to behave myself and keep my mouth shut on matters that aren’t my business. (Well they are, America is everyone’s business because of its standing in the world, but that’s another matter.)
    But occasionally I can’t help myself…
    I think people followed Trump because they felt the (primarily wealthy) establishment had let them down, they saw him as new and different, and he made sure they didn’t see past ‘make America great again’ to the ruthlessly self-interested narcissist he really is. He SAID he’d help the middle class, and if you’re desperate, you want to believe.
    It was always going to be interesting to see what Republican politicians did with the situation, and now we know. Self-interest has won again. He is giving them free slather to screw over the country and its citizens and they’ve found it irresistible. The NRA must be salivating over Betty Devos’s promise to arm schools, and the NRA has almost unlimited political power as far as i can see.
    As for the arts – culture doesn’t just reflect the soul of society, it shapes it. But I don’t suppose Trump knows what a soul is

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  2. Thank you Helen. You have every right to your opinion, and to express it. You are exactly right about Trump’s following. Discontented people believe what they want to hear whether what they hear is believable or not. Money is power in this world, and it’s disheartening that the money (in many cases) isn’t in the hands of people who can see beyond their own perceived entitlement.


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