President Trump is becoming ever more sad and cynical, day by day revealing his tortured relationship to the truth. We cannot deny, at least to ourselves, the eroding of principles and moral virtue by our president and those surrounding him in the White House. Equally as disappointing is the deafening silence from the majority in Congress. We see and hear with our own eyes and ears the leader of the free world:
Denying connections and cronyism with Russia; rolling back sanctions established because of the undeniable fact, according to 17 separate intelligence agencies, that Russia – our political, ideological and cultural enemy – interfered in our 2016 Presidential election with the intent to cause carnage and chaos to America’s economy, institutions and society, throwing our country into division and mistrust;
Invoking a new, “compassionate budget” (according to budget director Mick Mulvaney) which egregiously reduces funds for Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance ($72 billion), medicare, health care and food stamps, low-income student loan programs, and cuts more than $800 billion from Medicaid, and $192 billion from nutritional assistance;
Attempting to foist the AHCA down our throats, which excessively and harshly cuts existing ACA mental health benefits, coverage for pre-existing conditions, benefits for the poor, veterans, children, pregnant women and seniors (in other words, those in most need of care and coverage);
Allowing Jeff Sessions to reverse nearly a decade of progress made on mass incarceration, singlehandedly walking back our changing status. At the end of 2013, the United States represented about 4-½% of the world’s population, yet housed just over 20% of the world’s prisoners. Non-violent drug-offenses account for 20% of our total prison population. With a privatization of the prison system, more prisoners mean more money in someone’s pocket – a system rife with kickbacks. How does this serve to end economic, racial and ethnic disparities in our criminal justice system?
Contradicting, with false statements, all credible scientific evidence of global warming and climate change, in order to undermine our relationship with other developed and worldview nations, pulling us out of a global accord set up to improve the air and water quality of the world for future generations (your grandchildren and beyond).
Regarding the withdrawal from the Paris Accord, Trump said,
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens.” And we will “cease all implementation of the Draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes… but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”
This Bannonian statement interesting for two reasons. First, please note, business came first in Trump’s mention of “being fair.” But more importantly understand: the guidelines of the Paris accord are voluntary – they were never mandatory. California, the sixth largest global economy, has been ahead of the game, and they will continue to reduce carbon emissions regardless of the lies emerging from the White House. CEOs of Goldman Sachs, GE, Exxon, and most of Silicon Valley all said staying in the Paris Accord and reducing carbon emissions is good for the economy.
Second, if our President wants to protect America and its citizens from “Draconian financial and economic burdens,” he might want to reexamine his own budget and his party’s AHCA.
The Leaders of France, German and Italy say the path laid out in the Paris Climate Accord is irreversible and cannot be renegotiated. France’s President Emmanuel Macron said,
“I reaffirm clearly; we will succeed, because we are fully committed. Because wherever we live, we all share the same responsibility: Make our Planet great again.”
Angela Merkel’s main competitor in Germany’s upcoming election, Martin Schultz, tweeted:
Yes, 38% of the country supports this President. And we all want American to be great, but not at the expense of everyone else in the world, or at the expense of our future.
After all, God made us guardians of our planet, not defilers of it for the almighty dollar, with no responsibility.
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image,
make them reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
(Genesis 1:26, The Message)