We are very luck that the Trump Administration and the current GOP leadership is a government made up of a wonderful collection of Kakistocracy and Kleptocracy. The current administration, not yet two years old, is already in the running for being the most corrupt and the most incompetent in the history of the republic. This is truely historic and I hear many many people, both talking heads and private conversations worry just how we will survive it. An they think I’m a Pollyanna for not worrying. The truth is I do worry, I’m just not in doom and gloom worry. The reason is basically simple but somewhat hard to explain, but here goes.
The first and most important reason is I am a patriot who believes in this country. Not the seas to shining seas country, no, in the country of ideals and law. The country of our constitution since 1788 (date of R.I. Ratification). This country has been thru allot. We’ve been thru six major (actually declared) and many many small war. We’ve been thru many economic crisis’ and even more natural disasters and thru it all we have come out a better and stronger nation. We’ve even been thru political (Constitutional and others) crises’ and only once did it come to force of arms. Even then we got back up on our feet and kept moving forward. So first off, I have faith.
Next is I personally have lived thru a Constituional Crises brought on by electing a crook to the Presidency. In Nov 1972, I was 21 and able to vote for the first time for President. I voted for Richard Nixon. I new he was a crook, I thought he was a smart crook. He wasn’t. Or rather he may have been one once but he succumbed to traditional foe of all leaders, Hubris. I was fortunate enough to be able to watch most of the Senate Watergate hearings and all of the House impeachment hearings. It was quite an eye opener for a newly minted Political Scientists (I graduated June 1973 with a B.A. in PoliSci) to see our system working as it was intended.
I also watch in 1998-99 the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and watched our system work as it should. Like the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in 1868, while the House can vote impeachment it is much harder to get the Senate to convict. Once more we showed that impeachement is not some political tool but a last resort to deal with those who are patently criminal. ( I shan’t get into the debate on weather lying in a deposition is an impeachable office, the Senate said NO, case closed) But we got thru it.
We will get thru this crises. We will have some very spectacular bruises and maybe a broken bone or two but we will come out on the other side. An we will be a better and stronger country. Why? Because of the American people and our American Constitution. No man, no group of men can stop us for long. This crises is a great opportunity to build a better, greater, country. It doesn’t look like right now, we are seeing all the things that need fixing shown to us in the most brutal way. But we Americans have never before refused to look at our warts and fix them. At lest when they are shoved in our face like now.
So stop worrying, roll up your sleeves and get to work fixing it. We have a Midterm election in November, the time is now, lets show those people who think we are too weak or too lazy to get up and do anything. That we will believe anything we read on the Internet. That we can’t or won’t think for ourselves that they are dead wrong.
Who’s with me?