How Did We Get Here?

By Andrew Witzel

Like waking up from a scary dream, you realize that things around you and with your country have gotten so much worse than you ever thought they could. Reflecting back to a time when the things you complained about pale in comparison to what you are left speechless about now. The latest in such a string of what can only be described as “Trump topping Trump” is the pardoning of the ex-officer in Arizona convicted of racial profiling. A good cop is not made by how well he can profile and catch a bad guy already perceived as guilty because of skin color or ethnicity. I realize that the President can pardon anyone he wants, when he wants to, but to pardon someone who was convicted of committing a crime by a jury of his peers is just plain wrong.

This last action is just another in a string of actions that leave most people scratching their heads wondering how far down the hole is this really going to go before everyone finally says enough is enough. Administration and committee members are leaving Trump’s side with little thought to how their careers will be impacted, a sure sign of how bad things really have become in the overflowing swamp that Trump thinks he drained.

So many things are at risk right now yet no one seems to be paying attention. Healthcare, our infrastructure, tax reform…..a potential government shutdown in September. There has been no obvious time in our past when the President has threatened a government shutdown just to further a campaign promise that was completely idiotic to begin with. A wall, built between the U.S. and Mexico, that is paid by the Mexicans. Why not build a wall between the U.S. and Canada and have the Canadians pay for it? Even better, why not build a wall around the entire U.S. and have the United Nations pay for it. Yes, it’s that ridiculous.

While our so-called president uses Twitter to reach the country with important and urgent messages., governors in Texas and Louisiana were warning of the potential danger of Harvey on August 23rd which became a category 4 hurricane late on August 25th. Trump, as late as August 24th, was busy complaining on Twitter about fake news, James Clapper and Mitch McConnell. He did release a video that showed him at FEMA headquarters with a scrolling message that Americans are prepared to handle anything. Obama, Bush and Clinton would have all addressed the nation at least once pledging the support to the victims of the hurricane. Not Trump, he used Twitter. Seriously, how did we get here and why aren’t more people screaming to get this guy out of office?

I'm a middle aged tech geek with a passion for computers, technology, politics and all the bits in the middle between 0 and 1. I am what could be considered a moderate progressive and like to consider all sides of a debate before taking a position.

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