I started voting in 1975 but have only really been following politics since about 1984. (Sound familiar?) For the first nine years my voting record consisted of blindly following a lead set by my grandfather, voting solely for Democrats, wondering how anybody could possibly vote otherwise. Something must be wrong with people voting for those capitalistic, uncaring ogres with an elephant for a logo. Yeah, it was miserable under the Carter years, but surely it would get worse under Reagan.
And then, around 1983 I began studying voting options. The previous few years under Reagan had actually been better than any under Carter! In fact, I realized, a ham sandwich would have been better than Carter. Remember the high interest rates, long gas lines, and the helpless feeling for those Iranian hostages? So, I began reading, watching, and studying the differences between the two parties and what they represented. I asked questions and actually listened to the answers. Having an interest in American history, I began to form political concepts, keeping in mind the merits of the person that was running, regardless of political persuasion. This led me to lean Republican nationally and more Democratic locally. (Silly me, I didn’t know there were no Republicans holding office in Illinois!)
Over time, I would see that these differing ideologies did exist, but somewhere in the mid-90’s, following unethical Clinton examples, both sides of the Congressional aisle completely lost their moral compass and had become, in general, no more than corrupt, power hungry individuals available to the highest bidder. (Ever wonder why those people really run for office in the first place?) The fact is, folks inside Washington DC and Springfield IL could care less about the average American citizen. It's all about power and your money. I suppose it is that way in other states too, but having not lived in those states, I can’t comment.
I told you all that to get to this observation – with 33 years of closely following politics, I have never seen the level of rancor and derangement over our current president. Oh, I will admit, there was an increase of acrimony under Obama, and I suspect more of that was racial than was ever admitted, but much of that derangement had worn out by his second term…even if he was a socialist. (If you don’t believe that, explain the excitement over Bernie Sanders presidential run.)
I didn’t particularly like Donald Trump when he entered the race. Only watched his show once and it seemed boring. I wouldn’t want to do business or socialize with him, or fetch his coffee. But as I said from the outset, he is successful and isn’t a politician, and I admire those qualities. After seeing how politicians have conducted themselves for the past 25 years, I figured we’d had all of that motley crew representing us that we needed, and was looking around for someone else. So up pops a man with no political background who said he wanted to “Make America Great Again.” I thought to myself, “dude, give him a chance.” You have plenty of time until the November election to see what they can drag up about him. And I did. Nobody was able to drag up anything remotely as bad as what we have seen from most politicians.
Now we are about 110 days into a Trump presidency and what has he done that has specifically affected any legal law-abiding American citizen? Trump filled the vacancy of the Supreme Court with someone that is regarded very highly. Heck, if “Chuck-you” Schumer (to borrow a term from Limbaugh) was against him, then surely Mr. Gorsuch had to be a good man. (See my past blog about the escapades of Schumer to see what kind of person he is.) Additionally, the stock market is up; more jobs have been created; a plan is being cobbled together, albeit weakly, to replace a failing, and in my opinion, unwarranted Obamacare system; the EPA is being rightfully scaled back to something less than USSR rule; illegal immigration is down...without a wall; Syria, Russia, and North Korea have all been put on notice with no additional American casualties; and an unstable FBI Director Comey has been banished. And best of all, Hillary is not our Queen.
The vitriol heaved upon President Donald Trump daily has reached epic proportions across so many spectrums, including the coastal clustered clans, big city feudal mayors, liberal activists, judges (the ones we didn’t vote for), the bubble-heads of Hollywood, doddering old Republicans from AZ, college professors and their flock, unscrupulous journalists, and nearly the entirety of the Democratic side of both Houses in Congress following sheepherders Schumer and Pelosi. This group of malcontents is upset just by the fact that President Trump gets out of bed in the morning and breathes the same air we do. The level of disrespect and degradation the late-night comedians has become rude and vulgar. Imagine what would have happened had that vitriol had been spewed on Obama!
Fueled by Soros money, college aged immaturity and/or low-information voters with their hands out, there are insurrections near daily in the streets and on campuses of this country. These people are so upset about something concerning Trump’s very existence they feel compelled, and evidently vindicated, to go destroy property or steal something. Most couldn't name VP Mike Pence if we spotted them a picture, an “M” and a “P”. Now that mentality has been extended to include anyone in Trump’s political sphere giving speeches or commencements, thus shutting down 1st Amendment rights. And the real irony of this is the way the media flaunts it rather than rebuking it!
Just this week the Democrats have gone apoplectic over the firing of FBI Director Comey. Last October they wanted Comey’s head on a plate! Hillary still believes Comey was instrumental in her defeat, completely missing the fact that he is what has kept her out of prison. But since it was Trump that did the firing they want to commence with his impeachment proceeding, calling it "of Nixonian proportions!" Their indignation is over the alleged Trump-Russia connection. Where was the outrage when Hillary sold 20% of our uranium to Russia or when Bill Clinton fired his FBI Director?
The fact is folks, this lunacy over the current resident of the White House has gotten out of control and is doing nothing more than usurping any progress for our country. Other than illegal-aliens, there has been little done to affect anyone personally and the conduct of the anti-Trumpers has gotten to the point of just plain juvenile, if not unpatriotic. At least wait until the man has actually done something wrong.
Sadly, given the sad state of our media today, I fear it will continue throughout all eight years of the Trump presidency.