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Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:43

Closing Down the Government

Written by  Bob Serody

Trump has shown he will stop at nothing to get his wall. His threats have included shutting down the government, and if necessary, declaring a national emergency to obtain funding for the wall. He carried out one of his many threats by closing down the government for over thirty days, the longest shutdown in U.S. history. By giving into the alt-right, he has decimated the living conditions of federal workers and contractors.  It would have been just a matter of time before we witnessed a tragic accident in air transportation because of the reduced staffing and stress caused by the shutdown. 

He went up against Nancy Pelosi and lost. He didn’t get his funds and had to fold in order to avoid a mass public uprising as he watched his disapproval ratings surge. His response was to again threaten to hold the government workers hostage by providing only three more weeks of federal funding. 

His erratic behavior is a direct consequence of the forthcoming days in February, when Robert Mueller is expected to conclude his investigation of the Trump administration and reveal its association with Wikileaks and Russian meddling, not to mention Trump’s record of tax evasion, acceptance of gifts, and alleged collusion with foreign governments. Members of the alt-right are calling him a ‘wimp’ for folding to Pelosi. Regardless, Trump’s greatest concern is that he is witnessing the erosion of support by GOP Congressmen and Senators. They understand the diminishing support from his base and worry about their own chances for re-election.

I believe that the closing days of this administration will see the attempt by Congress to impeach Donald Trump. Presidential historians have already rated him as the worst president in American history. That takes some doing when looking at the performance of previous presidents, such as Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon.

The real question is how we can restore the economic and political stability of our country. It’s not about listening to empty promises by politicians, but being able to realize what is wrong with the way our government functions and then to act. We harbor a spectrum of beliefs ranging from pure capitalism (a system based on personal greed with very little regulation) to social democracy (a form of democracy that provides a limited redistribution of welfare to care for the less fortunate). If we don’t focus on the elimination of poverty as our highest priority by finding a better balance that benefits every class, nothing else will really matter. Being the richest country in the world is meaningless when the top 0.1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90% of the nation. We also have the highest childhood poverty rate of nearly any developed country on earth, which puts us in sixteenth place*.

We’ve weathered previous crises in our history – including our fight for independence from Great Britain, our efforts to hold our country together after a bloody Civil War, our learning to survive the assassination of four American presidents, and our having corrected social inequities by amending the U.S. Constitution. These accomplishments have never come without a struggle to become better human beings, and we are still struggling to come together, even while Trump attempts to divide us by using hate based on racism and mutual distrust. Looking back on our ability to survive, there is definitely hope that we will also overcome this crisis.

*See berniesanders.com

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Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

*ED. NOTE: The views expressed here are solely those of the author. SCPA does not endorse candidates and welcomes commentary on a wide range of issues, including political campaigns, local, regional and national. If interested in contributing commentary, please contact SCPA.

 

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