February 17, 2020
Watching our current president thumb his nose at our democratic system has been hard to watch. As President Nixon went through the impeachment process during the 70’s, he did everything he could to cover up his crime, because his conscience knew it was just that, a crime. The difference of this president is that he did not bother covering up his crime and dare Congress to do something about it and they chose not to do anything. This president got away with high treason and bragged about it and continues to do so. Now it’s up to us to impeach him for his crimes. This November we have the chance to remove him from office once and for all by pushing the lever and letting him know we, the American people, will not put up with a leader who has no regard for the laws of this land. Sure the laws are not always not fair, but over time we change the ones we feel are not laws we need or want. It’s time to do that with a president who is above the law. I do not advocate the removal of a president for using bad judgment, because otherwise all of our presidents would be vulnerable to such action. Presidents are men and men make mistakes. But when men compare themselves to Jesus Christ, it is time to let them know we do not agree.
It is our right to voice our will through the use of the ballot even though the last election had some discrepancies caused by outside influences and interests. It is our right, no matter color of skin, religion, gender, or political affiliation, to exercise our rights by voting. The days of the Grandfather Clauses are gone along with Jim Crow or are they? I hear murmurs that smacks of the uglier side of these laws still resonating within our democracy. We cannot afford to let these ideas resurrect themselves in these times of tribal justice. Black lives matter. All lives matter, but it is time to hear the warnings we choose to ignore. It is time to treat all Americans as human and equal in the eyes of the law. No longer can we fall back on the rhetoric of the past to justify unjust laws. We must recognize our blindspots in our thinking that has produced some of the unthinkable things that have happened.
Our education system is failing us, because we refuse to address the issues that are facing our classrooms these days. Our students can no longer uphold academic standards from a previous century and until we see that students do not learn the same, we will continue to get substandard results from our education system and then blame the educators for failing them. Vouchers are not the answer. Private education is not the solution. One on one computer access is not the only answer. Until we find a way to reach all our students where they are, we will continue to fail them. There are no easy solutions, no fix-all switch that we can use to solve the problem. If we are serious, we will have to roll up our sleeves and get involved even if we are not currently a stakeholder. When our students show up for class hungry, because they cannot afford breakfast and then we cut programs that provide them proper nourishment, we will not solve the problem. We will not solve the problem if we continue to support the school to prison pipeline we currently have in place that do not provide the opportunities to all students.
Once the United States was relied on to provide solutions to the entire world, but through our neglect of social inadequacies, we are rapidly slipping into third world status. With all of the potential and available resources we have access to, there is no reason to settle for less than what we are capable of. In our not so distant past, we were able to overcome insurmountable odds and obstacles to achieve our objectives. In recent years, we have become as divided as we were during the Civil War. Being an astute student of the Civil War, I am hearing rhetoric from the mouths of our leaders that sounded much the same of our leaders at the time of succession and this is frightening to me. Our leaders have become experts at blaming the other side for our failures when in fact it is everyone’s fault for scapegoating instead of seeking compromise and resolution.
In November we have a chance to set the ship right and take the wheel from an incompetant self admitted corrupt leader and steer away from the rocks of wreckage. I am not advocating for one party over another since this has caused our lack of clear direction, rather to listen to those who speak of solutions not scapegoating. It will be difficult since November is not that far away and I have yet to hear a voice of reason sound, but if we pull together and raise our voices we will be heard loud and clear.
One thing that must take place, we the people must do what Congress was unable to do, Impeach the president.
We must unite and make our voices be heard. We must do the job that Congress was unable to do...impeach this president in November.