Commentary: Don't give up the good fight
When legislation is passed in the middle of the night, does it raise any red flags? It does for me, because our very democracy dies in the dark.
This entire tax bill is filled with buyouts and backroom deals. Senators who were dead set against it wound up voting for it. Why? Because they got things written into the bill that would serve them politically, things that would get them re-elected. This goes to the very heart of what's wrong with America, and you can keep your flag waving and patriotic statements to yourself because, at the present, they mean nothing. When the very people who are supposed to be upholding our Constitution are using it like single-ply toilet paper, we don't have anything to be proud of.
This isn't a new problem. There have been books written about shady backroom D.C. deals that date back to Lincoln. Hell, even the Emancipation Proclamation didn't free all slaves and really had more to do with saving the Union rather than doing what was right. It was all about money then, too. After all, what were those plantation owners going to do if they had to pay a wage? Even though Lincoln himself was against slavery, that wasn't why he did it. He basically did what we do today: Not really care about a large number of people and simply do what will get you re-elected. Until we begin to pass laws that actually help us as a whole, we're screwed. Until we stop allowing our congressman and senators to be led around by top donors that fund these never-ending campaigns, we're screwed. Until we begin to have our elected officials represent the needs of their constituents instead of making deals to ensure they get re-elected, we're screwed.
Things no longer make sense — this all hurts so much because it's not tethered to anything. When the president endorses someone, who has some pretty damming allegations against him, one of which includes pedophilia, it all makes no sense. In the world I grew up in, we would see that Roy Moore, who has more than 30 women accusing him of sexual misconduct, was made a pariah and not elect him to high office. Right, wrong or unjustified that's what would happen. A politician would insulate him or herself from such an individual or they, too, would suffer the consequences. In short, we've lost our moral compass.
Here in 2017, however, the Groper in Chief from his Ogle Office throws his full weight behind Roy Moore, citing the need to advance the Republican agenda or, more appropriately, continue to feed the greed of the top 1 percent. In expressing his support for the Mall Crawler, Trump took to the Twitterverse and said "Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders...& so much more."
None of what is going on makes sense anymore. How fast can you pivot, spin it, and deflect it — that's the game that's being played.
So, when nothing makes sense, and it just seems as though everything that is said and done appears to be un-medicated, what can you do? For me, it's staying focused and staying clam. If you look back through history, the people who stayed calm and patient are always the people that prevailed. But it's frustrating because you want the nonsense to stop, and the longer it goes on, the madder you get. Keep in mind that all the bills they think they pass, and the environmental travesties they commit, are merely to get you and I to take our eyes off the prize. My one word of advice? Don't.
Stay focused, call your friends in states that have congressman and senators behaving badly and have them tell those people to stop. Right now, we should be contacting everyone you know in Alabama to let them know we will not tolerate Roy Moore in any position of power. There's too much on the line right now to leave it to chance. So you get on the phone and you call and ask, what the hell is up with that?
Fish is the opinionated morning jock on Classic Hits 92.7. He offers up his opinion at 7:50 every morning (Monday through Friday). Let's start the revolution. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.
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