I deliberately stepped away from social media a few months ago to focus on what was important to me in light of the upcoming November elections.
A former registered Republican, I remain a fiscal conservative, but have become increasing concerned about the social inequities that have become commonplace in this country. I was born and raised in a lower middle class family, lived on the wrong side of *both* sets of tracks (really!). My home was surrounded by factories which belched out soot and dust. I was bussed to an elementary school that was primarily African-American. In high school I knew that I was not in the same social class as many of my classmates. I was fortunate in that, in my parents’ home, we were all expected to get a college education – something both mom and dad were unable to do. I worked in a factory as a UAW member from 1971-1975 to fund my college education.
I am dismayed at the social injustices in play at this point in US society. I recently began working in retail wine sales because it seemed interesting. The lessons learned have opened my eyes to the fallacies of the current economy. While the stock market shows robust numbers, it is obvious that this has NOTHING to do with the average US citizen. The majority of my co-workers are either 1) older than me (I’m 67) and HAVE to keep working in order to eat, 2) working two jobs to get by, or 3) working 50 hours or more a week in order to pay bills. Is this the economy that Trump believes is the best ever? This is not my uneducated or simple observational opinion. If you, like me, are a fiscal conservative, here are some links that raise real flags about what is going on in this country right now:
Furthermore, if you consider yourself any kind of thinking, educated person; I dare you to read the first 200 pages of William Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”. You will find many eerie similarities between Hitler’s actions and what is happening now in the USA. Read it. Don’t skim or dismiss it. Your comments will reveal which you did.
My career was spent as an educator. Worse, I was a choral director – omg, a super-spreader activity. Are you a parent? How do you feel about sending your child to a building with a bunch of other kids? If you were a teacher, or worse, a teacher with kids or a spouse that had a compromised immunity system, how would you feel about the push to re-open schools? What kind of leadership have we seen regarding this issue? Allow me to list a few quotes (easily gathered through a Google search):
Jan. 22, 2020 – ” We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.“
Feb. 2, 2020 – ““We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
Feb. 4, 2020 – “My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”
Feb. 10, 2020 – “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. “
Feb. 11, 2020 – “In our country, we only have, basically, 12 cases and most of those people are recovering and some cases fully recovered. So it’s actually less.”
Feb. 24, 2020 – “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
Feb. 26, 2020 – “When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”
Feb. 28, 2020 – “Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus… And this is their new hoax.”
March 11, 2020 – “The vast majority of Americans, the risk is very, very low.”
March 23, 2020 – “America will again, and soon, be open for business — very soon — a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. A lot sooner.”
April 14, 2020 – “Today I am instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization ….”
June 17, 2020 – “The pandemic is fading away. It’s going to fade away.”
July 2, 2020 – “The pandemic is “getting under control.”
July 6, 2020 – “We now have the lowest Fatality (Mortality) Rate in the World.”
How many more lies will you believe? It is time to stop this nonsense.
Donald Trump does not care about you. He only cares about one thing – himself.