The good of America

Divisive America

What’s going on in America? We have come to a point in our countries’ ever changing spirit when things seem more perilous than any could anticipate. One of the main arguments of our current president has become something that he continues to endure. With more than a few indictments and his campaign manager now dealing with not one but two trials, President Donald Trump is putting Americans through the very issues he brought up about his adversary at the time, Hillary Clinton. Constant court cases during a presidency.

Everyday, I wake up to the news of another scandal, tweet or revelation; originating from the current commander and chief. It may not be something that he is being accused of but it seems to be every person with which the President has had dealings. Manafort, Cohen, Daniels, Gates, Flynn, etc. it’s freaking ridiculous. I mean was the plan of draining the swamp one where the mushy, dirty waters of Washington would be so full of corruption, that there is would be no choice but to see the gators?

The News

The very act of watching the news is now a test in stamina. How many times can you smack yourself on the forehead and say “he did what?” before you are forced to change the channel? The scariest thing about what’s happening in Washington isn’t just the president, it’s the complacency of the people charged with representing us. This, to me, is the most shocking thing. These people don’t seem to care, as long as their agenda is passed, he can get away with whatever crime he committed. They are ready to sell us, the American people, down the river for their own nefarious machinations.

It is insane that we have a congress that was unable to do anything for almost eight years, but when they do take action, it’s to completely screw the poor and debilitated. What about this screams American values? When do we stand as a people against this continued promotion of moral bankruptcy?

Our Duty

Let’s be honest, most of us won’t recognize the writing on the wall until the wrecking ball knocks through it. The strength of America has always been its citizens. It’s one of the things that I believe can never be destroyed by people who attack us using terror. Americans are strongest together and when we are attacked, we coalesce into a wave of force so dangerous that other countries fear its scrutiny. When do we become that force? Will it be a force divided by the devices put in place to lower the intensity of our impact?

Here’s something that I never thought would become the norm in America. Our president has told thousands of lies to the American public and there is no reprimand for his actions. When did distortion and fabrication become the standard operating procedure for our country? I mean I always believed, deep down inside, that the American people couldn’t really trust its government but I never thought it would become true. For the first time in my life we have a president who says, “I’ve done nothing wrong but the case to prove that shouldn’t vindicate me.” He tells us that he’s all for this investigation into Russian meddling into our election. Then turns around and says it’s a hoax and it must end without a conclusion.

This is way past politics folks. We are at a point where we have to demand more from our elected officials. I don’t want to see a president impeached in my lifetime. When it happened to Nixon, the country suffered more than he did. No, I want the people who we have hired to speak for us, to actually start speaking for us. I want these people spouting that America wants a certain thing to actually speak for Americans. Not the coffers that provide insulation for their pockets.

The end result

We are taught in school that the definition of truth is the quality or state of being true. Can anyone watching what’s going on in America today consider that very word present in our nation’s capital? Are we at a point where there will be two sets of facts? The truth and the alternate version of it. That doesn’t bode well for our country.

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Losing our way.

Are we done with morality in America? I ask this question seriously because the way it’s looking we are on our way to something that doesn’t bode well for my children. A few years ago, I had faith in the path of America. We, as a people stood together throughout some of the toughest times in recorded history and as a voice began to stand for hope. Though it was short lived, I had faith in the growth of America, what it’s people was showing me and what I started to see in myself. I believed in the country’s possibilities, not because of the election of Barack Obama to the White House; but the feeling that came after that.

Though the divisions in America began rather quickly after President Obama’s election, there was still this strong undercurrent of belief in what is right, what’s good. A belief that America is more than what it’s history had portrayed for so many years. For the first time, I didn’t see the country as black and white, I saw it as America. I began to understand that there were people who just weren’t going to like you, no matter how much you strive for their acceptance.

America is a country of freedoms. You learn this in school but when you’re a black man growing up in this country of freedoms, you soon learn that yours are limited. You learn rules that I’d rather not discuss now but have become all too familiar in many a young black man’s mind. Those times weren’t the culmination of Barack Obama’s election, they were there well before that; but Barry O’s election bolstered belief in what was possible.

Reminiscent of John F. Kennedy’s election and the Catholic religion’s impact on America several decades earlier; African Americans saw this as their chance to be seen and accepted as equals in America. Sure there was a minority of people who harbored ill feelings toward such progress but the overwhelming majority wanted change and believed in the hope of America.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that America is still dealing with the scars of slavery and many remain upset about losing their primary working force, but those times were supposed to be behind us. We as Americans were ready to heal those wounds and move on together towards a stronger tomorrow.

Those hopes and with it the change a majority of Americans fought for appears lost. Vile hatred, once a smoldering undercurrent of America and its history, has become a mainstream theme. The racial divide being promoted by today’s political climate is very different from anything that I’ve experienced in my life.

Bolstered by what can only be described as a child like, self-confirmed racist, America’s scar is being picked open and the wound is threatening to poison the body. The stories are becoming more prevalent. Stories of blatant racism being splashed on the screen. Stories of this insidious poison impacting those once considered civilian in this war of race, the children.

Though it cannot be laid squarely at President Donald Trump’s feet, because this poison permeated from a small region of America since the civil war, I can say with certainty that he will go down in history for its prevalence. Thanks to the glaring eye of technology America and the world is being re-introduced to things that we had hoped to defeat.

I follow my question in the beginning with a few more. Will America still have a chance to be what it was meant to become? Has the great experiment failed? Are we on our way to another civil war?