I’m kind of “down” today. It’s a bright, beautiful, breezy day with the vibrant green of early summer outside. The sun is shining, reflecting brightly on the sills of my office windows. I’ve had my morning walk of 3 miles; there are no bills piling up on my desk. And, yet, I am depressed. I know the reason why, but I feel helpless and stymied because I’ve done my part, I voted, and yet I feel that there is no hope for the country that I love.
I’m an old man and all my life I’ve been controlled by a government which is run by self-severing phonies who really don’t a shit about the nation my father fought for, and my only brother died for. The politician’s lies are so ingrained in my life I can recite them by heart. “We’re going to sock the rich who are not paying their fair share.” “We’re for the middle class whose taxes are too high.” “We’re going to create jobs for everybody.” “We’re going to make your neighborhood safe.” “We’re going to bring the country together.” “Everybody is going to get a fair shake.” “Women are going to be paid equally for equal jobs.” It’s like an old time record with a crack in it, that keeps repeating the same chorus over and over and over.
I’ve heard it as a child from FDR on through 2016. Then, with the election of Donald Trump I had high hopes that with someone who was not “establishment” as president America would really start to be great again. I see a man with a big heart and a big plan, a man who is working 24/7/ – a man who is trying his best to live up to his promises and it’s the first time a politician, in my lifetime, is really trying to do the things that got him elected to office.
And, what happens in DC? It’s business as usual. I see the democrats and republicans fiddly-farting around and, as usual, getting nothing done. I see Trump assembling a cabinet of like-minded true Americas who want to give their best for this country. I see a great Secretary of State who is honestly dealing with foreign nations, and getting hammered for it by the media. I see an Attorney General who is trying to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books, and getting hammered for trying to do his job.
Now congress says they may not get around to repealing and replacing Obamacae, and they may not get around to tax reform, and they may not get around to doing anything. For the first time in my memory, one party controls both houses of congress and the Whitehouse. And they can’t get anything done! How long can a strong, hard-working president put up with such slothfulness? If I were Donald Trump, I would say, “To hell with it. Let the country be taken over by democrat communists. You people deserve it for electing such worthless scum to congress. I’m going back to my family and my business. You can have it.” I’m afraid he might reach that discouraging point. And that is why I am depressed on this beautiful day.