Round and round we go, where we stop, nobody knows
By Sparta Live | June 3, 2019 7:03 am
Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines
Sometimes, it feels as if our current political system resembles a drunken night on the strip in Las Vegas or a stumble down a loud midway at a carnival. Lights are flashing to attract your attention, people are laughing and screaming out of joy or to express their fears, while others are crying because they lost all their money. No one is a winner 100 percent of the time. That’s life – it is a high stakes game of chance. How many times have you read about someone who is very successful and they claim, “I was in the right place at the right time?” Other times you hear, “Poor soul, they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Still others will excuse their failures as “having the deck stacked against me.”
If you find yourself living in a country that has a corrupt government and the only real winners are the ones with the most money and the power to determine if anyone else is worthy of a seat at their banquet table, the deck has been stacked against you. The people in power set and change the rules as they see fit. Sometimes, just when you think you may improve your chances, the opportunities disappear. Poof, in a puff of smoke, the opportunity is gone, because those who are so obsessed with power have no incentive to weaken their tight control over the “undeserving” or “takers.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his administration fought to lift up our country out of the Great Depression. They worked to make regulations within the banking industry, Wall Street, and corporations to avoid another total economic collapse. Unions became stronger. People were guaranteed a livable wage. Social Security was established so that workers had a secure form of retirement. Sadly, that didn’t last.
Ronald Reagan opened the door to allow various government decisions to be made by evangelical Christian-right power brokers. No other religious group has been given that much power to dictate America’s laws and policies. Then he allowed deregulation of many of the safeguards put in place to avoid another financial meltdown. He weakened the bargaining power of unions. He pushed his administration’s new “trickle down” economy with tax cuts that helped the very rich and corporations. The Republican Party has followed those harmful policies over and over again because it allows the rich to get richer, corporations to squeeze out unions and chip away at the middle class, making them less financially secure. They are responsible for creating a new class of workers called the “working poor.” These people work at low or minimum wage, full or part-time jobs. The blame lies with both the Democrats and Republicans who supported some of the policies that protect corporate donors and hurt workers.
We are teetering again on the edge of an ethical and economic precipice. We currently have a president whose first priority is to himself, followed by his family and anyone who will help him get and maintain the power he wants and the money he desires. The major problem is that he is bad at managing both. He claims his success is all his and his alone because he is a “stable genius,” a great negotiator, and he has had a brilliant business career. The facts show a very different story, which is far too long to get into here.
In the past week, alone, the president has shown America and the world that he really isn’t the “stable genius,” nor is he a great negotiator. He has sided with Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s supreme leader, whom he loves, by stating the North Korean’s missile tests were nothing to worry about. This was Trump’s response when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe complained the ballistic missile firings were in defiance of the U.N. Security Council. Mr. Trump told the prime minister, “There have been no ballistic missiles going out,” and then he said, “I’m very happy with the way it’s going, and intelligent people agree with me.” Nothing like insulting his host and intelligence community. National Security Advisor John Bolton said there was no doubt that North Korea violated the U.N. resolutions. North Korea called Bolton a “war maniac with an abnormal mental structure.” Donald Trump agreed with North Korea’s assessment of Mr. Bolton. He also said Kim Jong Un was very smart and that he was not personally bothered by the missile tests. These are actual statements from our “stable genius” leader.
Mr. Trump truly does believe he can say and do anything he wants, and, if he causes any problems, there will be someone behind him to clean up his messes. His constant claims that the Mueller investigation clears him of any wrong doing, because his attorney general said so and anything else is “FAKE NEWS,” is another example of his obsession for power. Mr. Trump threatens to destroy anyone or anything that may stand in his way, with the exception his friends who just happen to be dictators who “love” him.
Who is winning in the China trade war? It isn’t the American farmers, workers, or consumers – it’s Russia. Who does Trump plan on borrowing money from to pay all this money he is promising to the farmers now that he has pushed many family farms to the brink of bankruptcy? It’s China. Who will be paying the money that he is adding to the national debt and the higher costs of imports? It will be the American taxpayers and consumers, most of whom have been living on stagnant wages that have not kept up with inflation. What is going on with the trade negotiations between Canada and Mexico? I’m sure the majority of us can’t wait to see how that turns out. In the meantime, strap yourselves in because if you thought we’ve been on a bumpy ride in the last two years, we ‘aint seen nothing yet.