December 16, 2018

Trump and our future

Is our democracy at risk of being destroyed? I woke up this morning thinking about this issue and It seems to be in danger more than at anytime in memory. A good indicator is the election and support of Donald Trump as President. He seems to be guided more by his need to own and control rather than by some set of values extending beyond his personal wealth, needs and ego.

Our President has lived a life that 99% of us have never seen and will never see in terms of wealth. His morals, or lack thereof  put him in a class by himself. He seems not to have any. He also seems to attract the same kind of people to make up his staff and personal acquaintances  This is only natural as we all do the same.

During much of my adult life I have worked in executive positions of corporations, both big and small. Most companies have mission statements which succinctly describes the core purpose of the organization including earning a reasonable return for its shareholders by providing superior products and services to its customers while complying with all rules, regulations, and laws of the land.

The  closest  thing that this country has to a Mission Statement is the Preamble to the Constitution which follows.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The preamble states that it is the mission of this country to meet the needs, wants and desires of its citizens. It does not distinguish between rich citizens and less wealthy citizens. It does not distinguish between citizens by the color of their skin, whether they are politicians or not, how long they have been citizens, by their heritage or any other factor. We are all equal as long as we abide by the laws of this country. We surrender some rights if we do not obey the laws of the various levels of government, all of which must meet the criteria laid out in our Constitution.

Citizens United has weakened our Constitution and our country. Politicians are less inclined to listen to their constituents if their constituents have less influence as to whether a given politician is elected. The voice of money in this country is very loud and getting louder.  Trump proves it. On a local level your congressman proves this premise and it needs changing. If this is not changed we must accept the fact that Trump will not be the last immoral, despicable person we elect to lead this country. Frankly from my view,, Hillary Clinton also fit into this category, but to a lesser extent.

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