Filosofa Reflects …

The majority of the people in the United States have no president.  Only about 40% of the people in the U.S. are represented by a president.  Now, I do not make this statement lightly, nor with the intention of being offensive.  I am merely stating a fact.  I am not registered with either party, but consider myself an independent, although I am considering changing that status in the near future.  I have lived through 12 full presidencies, from Harry S. Truman through Barack H. Obama … 6 were republicans, 6 were democrats.  Although I sometimes disagreed with the policies or certain decisions of those men, I still respected them and considered them as presidents. Every one of them, I felt, was doing the best he could to represent the people of this nation … ALL the people of this nation, not just those who praised them.

Today, however, is different.  Donald Trump is the president in name only for the majority – about 60% – of the people in this country but does not represent them.  He does not listen to us, but only to the people who show up at his campaign rallies wearing red hats and chanting “Lock her up”.  Those of us who do not like his bigotry, his racism, his incitement to violence, his name-calling and ignominious bluster, he calls ‘treasonous’.  He threatens our elected representatives in Congress.  He tells lies that his own supporters enjoy hearing, but that the rest of us know to be falsehoods.

To the best of my knowledge, there has never been another president so entrenched in partisanship that he completely ignored the needs of the majority, pandering only to the minority.  We, the majority, need representation also.  Who is there to speak for us?  Who is there to represent our values of diversity, peace, humanitarianism?  Who is there to say that no, we do not want to lock children in cages just because they are from another place?  It is truly a sad day in the history of this nation, a nation no better and no worse than any other, when most of the people are without a voice.

People in Trump’s camp mock the saying “Not my president”, but it isn’t just a saying, it is the reality.  Donald Trump does not bother with the pretense. He is speaking to his people, not the people. He has become, or so it often seems, the president of the United Base of America.

I have long believed that old adage, “United we stand, divided we fall”, and yet Trump seeks to divide, relishes the division that, while not of his making, he has encouraged and enhanced with his divide-and-conquer politics.  Perhaps we are coming upon a time where this nation must become many instead of just one, for we are now so far apart in ideology that I cannot see a united nation in the future.  On the right, there are the nationalists, tribalists, who prefer a nation sans immigrants, a nation where it’s basically “every man for himself” rather than a nation where all people are equal.

I see a nation where those in Trump’s camp care more about their guns than their own children.  I see a nation where ‘hate’ is becoming the norm.  I see a nation where violence is seething just under the surface, waiting for a single spark to set it off.  I see a nation where for far too many, acceptance of others is based on skin colour, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.  I see a nation where profits are valued more highly than humans.  I see a nation where for some, there is no care for the future, but it’s “live for today, and to hell with tomorrow”.

I don’t like the nation I see.  We need a president.  We need a president who governs, not rules – there is a difference.  We need … nay, we must have a president who is not above the law. We need a president where every single person matters, not just those who support him, not just those whose skin is white, not just Christians, and even not just citizens, but everybody.  We need a president who understands the word ‘respect’. People matter.

I want change in this country.  I want us to heal the rifts, and that cannot, will not happen as long as Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office spouting hate and encouraging bigotry, tribalism and violence.  We need to focus more on what we have in common than those issues that divide us.  We need to talk to each other, not at each other.  We need to meet each other halfway sometimes.  We need to take care of our planet, putting the future ahead of corporate greed.  These things cannot happen under the regime of Donald Trump, for he will do everything in his power to keep it from happening, to keep us divided and hating.

Think about it.

27 thoughts on “Filosofa Reflects …

  1. I am currently reading the story of the Nuremberg Trials and find so many analogies in the trial testimonies about Hitler as they directly relate to Trump’s egregious disregard of democracy. The sheer cowardice of both figures to take responsibility for their disregard for humanity stands out most prominently

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    • I read Justice at Nuremberg, but it’s been long ago and I don’t recall enough of it to speak of, but I’ve no doubt you are right, for I see parallels between Hitler and Trump … the ego is the biggest one. But, there are differences, too, one being that Hitler was an intelligent man, whereas Trump is a fool.

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  2. The 40% cult will, ultimately, get what they deserve, but will continue to be too ignorant or racist to see it. And they will take the rest of us down with them. Some other country will take America’s place in the world…probably China. This will happen because of primarily a lack of good education and the huge divide between rich and poor which leaves people open to drugs, crime, mythical beliefs, brainwashing and hopelessness and poverty. So they cling to a trump, to religious extremism, to fantasy and gullibility. Too many people, too many corrupt politicians and preachers and too much excess of stuff and no appreciation for nature anymore.

    It’s a sad sad scenario….

    I’m glad I’m old. If I was younger, I’d be making plans to move out of the US…overseas somewhere, perhaps New Zealand or Scandinavian countries, but they are so cold. Certainly not S America or Canada anymore. The options are getting smaller..

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    • Your last paragraph is one I could well have written. I, too, am glad I’m old and likely won’t live to see the results of the devastation being caused in the world … not just the U.S., but around the globe. If I were just starting my adult life, I would high-tail it out of here and renounce my citizenship in a heartbeat!

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  3. If we’re going to discuss Presidents from the past, the last great Democratic peacemaker would be President Carter! Former President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation this weekend that he had spoken with President Donald Trump about China on Saturday, and said the commander in chief was worried that Beijing had outpaced its global rivals.
    According to Emma Hurt, a reporter for NPR affiliate WABE, Carter spoke of the call during his regular Sunday School lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried that “China is getting ahead of us,” and suggested the president was right to be concerned.
    He told the congregation that Trump feared China’s growing economic strength. Economic modeling indicated that China would overtake the U.S. as the world’s strongest economy by 2030, and many experts have said that we were already living in what has been dubbed the “Chinese Century.”
    Carter said he did not “really fear that time, but it bothers President Trump and I don’t know why. I’m not criticizing him this morning,” he added, to laughs from fellow churchgoers.
    Carter—who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979—suggested that China’s breakneck growth had been facilitated by sensible investment and buoyed by peace.
    “Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None. And we have stayed at war.” The U.S., he noted, has only enjoyed 16 years of peace in its 242-year history, making the country “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” Carter said. This is, he said, because of America’s tendency to force other nations to “adopt our American principles.”
    In China, meanwhile, the economic benefits of peace were clear to the eye. “How many miles of high-speed railroad do we have in this country?” he asked. While China has some 18,000 miles of high-speed rail, the U.S. has “wasted, I think, $3 trillion” on military spending. “It’s more than you can imagine. China has not wasted a single penny on war, and that’s why they’re ahead of us. In almost every way.”
    “And I think the difference is if you take $3 trillion and put it in American infrastructure you’d probably have $2 trillion leftover. We’d have high-speed railroad. We’d have bridges that aren’t collapsing, we’d have roads that are maintained properly. Our education system would be as good as that of say South Korea or Hong Kong,” Carter told the congregation.

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    • Jill, 1EarthUnited, the post is excellent, but this comment deserves its own post. As for Jill’s post, a real leader includes. By that definition, I would not deem the man in the White House a leader.

      As 1EU’s comment, what Trump fails to realize is his role in greasing the skids for an ascendent China. Backing out of the TPP (which went on without us), took away a key lever for the US. Further, a strong EU/ US relationship and World Bank would help compete with China. Again, Trump has shot us in the foot. It is right that he is addressing China stealing intellectual capital, but we are outgunned and retrenching from the world is the wrong move. He will be remembered for this slip-up. Keith

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        • Jill, many of the efforts of Trump will have a long term impact: environmental degradation, climate change inaction, debt worsening, backing out of global agreements, denigrating allies, UN, NATO, World Bank, etc., limiting immigration, uncivilty and so on. To be frank, we could set aside his his mercurial and chaotic governing style and focus on the issues, Mind you, as these decisions come home to roost, he will blame everyone else, as that is his nature. Keith

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          • You are so right. I said when he was first elected that if we could oust him in a year, the damage could be fairly easily repaired, but that if he served his full term, it would take decades to undo the harm. I think we’re at the point already that it will take decades. But his base doesn’t seem to mind … they are still cheering.

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    • Thank you … awesome commentary on your part! I have the utmost respect for Jimmy Carter. He truly was a peacemaker, and a president to ALL, not just a few. And what he’s done since he left office floors me … he continued in his peacemaking mission, plus his work with Habitat for Humanity deserves many kudos.

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  4. As well as Trump himself the Republican party need to remember that they have a care of duty towards all the people of the USA. Their politics these days is designed to bring on division and is aimed at getting Trump a second term despite knowing the ill he does to his country. In 2020 if they show no signs of sense they need to be cut off at the knees and a Democratic majority needs voting in that can return some normality and some pride in their country again.
    Cwtch

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    • Unfortunately, the Republican Party seems to have traded its values for dollars. There is no longer a single movement by republicans to provide health care, education, housing assistance, or to increase the minimum wage. There is no movement among the republicans to save our planet. It is all about money, although I have no idea what good they think all that money will do them when the planet can no longer sustain human life.

      I suspect that some day, common sense will prevail, but by then it will likely be too late.

      Cwtch

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  5. You are singing my song, Jill. Like you, except for Truman, I have lived through generations of Democrat and Republican Presidents. I have been registered Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Independent, but have always respected the Office of President and done my best to uphold whomever was in power. I cannot do that today. Trump and I are polar opposites. I’m not claiming my moral compass to be the best, but at least I have one. He and the current Republican minions must be brought down. Yes, possibly a dissolution of the USA is the answer. Living in red, red, red, Florida in deep trump country makes me long for a community of like-minded people. 🙏🌈

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    • Well, in truth I was only 2 years old when Truman left office, so my opinion of him wasn’t all that well-formed yet. 😀 But to the point, yes, I have always respected the office, and while I’ve never been aligned with the Republican Party values, I have even voted for a republican or two. However, today, their ‘values’ are so far off the mark that I don’t even know how they manage to get any votes. That is what’s disturbing, that some 40% of the people in this nation have no better values than a female dog in heat! I can only imagine … it’s bad enough here in Ohio, but Florida … really anyplace in the South, is worse. On the bright side, Andrew Gillum came so close in the governor’s race … had everything been above-board and honest, I suspect he would have won! I’m lucky, for although I live in Ohio that did throw its electoral votes for Trump, and I despise my representative, who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, my neighborhood is about 90% non-white, so there is only one Trump supporter that I’m aware of on my street or in the surrounding streets. Makes it easier.

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      • My county voted 67% trump in 2016. I had Hillary signs in my front yard and on my truck. Numerous times I was screamed at and told to commit sodomy upon myself. It’s unnerving when a gray-haired grandma tells you to go f**k yourself. Gillam is keeping a low profile, but he will be back.😎

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        • It’s good that I don’t live in your neighborhood, or I would likely be living in prison by now. Yep, I look for Gillum to step up when he feels the time is right. I see good things in the future for him and also Stacey Abrams.

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    • I sure get that, as I am in Fla. too. But I do have like minded friends, but only one is a native like me. So many old people like me😜 and most are so conservative, unlike me.
      I see such connections in older age, conservatism, Fox News, religion and racism. These five seemed so entangled…so negative…so angry.
      Can the youth save the country…I don’t know.

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      • @maryplumbago
        I think young ppl can save this country. The Progressive movement in politics is growing exponentially. We the ppl are demanding real change, not empty promises from career politicians who cater to their wealthy base. Signs of positive change include AOC, Ilhan Omar, Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders running for 2020! Very exciting times we’re living in! ❤

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  6. Well said, Jill. It is a scary picture you draw for us today. I see that the leading countries of Europe are determined to fill the power vacuum created by Trump on the world stage. They have as little use for him as do the majority of Americans.

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    • I can’t blame them … he has put them in danger by backing out of the Iran nuclear agreement, and let the world down by pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. Not to mention that he puts down our allies, treating them like enemies, while he embraces our foes as long-lost cousins! I never truly understood the full meaning of the word ‘hate’ until he came on the scene.

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