If there was one name I heard every single day, it was Donald Trump. To the point of exhaustion. No President in my lifetime has met with so much scorn and scrutiny. Between his Tweets and his painful decisions, the guy was constantly in the news. And on social media, folks weighed the pros and cons of his every move.
I grew up in New York in the 1980s. The guy was in the news a lot then as well. It usually wasn’t good. How this guy managed to finagle himself into the Oval Office still shocks and bewilders me. The fact that so many Republicans think he is the return of the Messiah does not give me hope in America. It scares the crap out of me. I don’t think Hilary would have been any better. She would have been more overt and wouldn’t have shot her mouth off the way Donald has.
I shudder to think what America will be like by the end of his term (if he lasts that long). We are already the laughingstock of the world these days because of him. It’s like a cartoon character come to life. And the cartoon never ends. I can’t even put his picture up in this article because I can’t bear to see his face one more time.
On July 15th, several Republican members of Congress wrote a letter to the Directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service about questions of potential fraud with the Clinton Foundation. Last night, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democrat nomination for President of the United States. She gave a stirring speech with more about slamming Donald Trump than what she would actually do as President. But underneath the surface of that speech lies unanswered questions about the Clinton Foundation and their illegal use of funding based on IRS regulations.
As Americans on the left and right continue to poke and jab at the opposite sides, it is more than obvious that neither candidate is worthy of becoming President. Both candidates have been subject to numerous investigations that never seem to hold either of them accountable for their actions. This is, by far, the worst selection of candidates the two major political parties in our country have ever picked. This is a choice no American should have to face. I am loathe to pick either of them in November. The pressure both sides are putting on the other parties hasn’t even reached a fever pitch. I think both candidate will not help public education. One is more blatant and arrogant with their public persona while the other smiles but her actions behind the scenes speak in volumes about her pompous boasting. I fear for the future of America with these two very greedy people at the helm. They both claim they want to help the average American as they sit in the upper echelon of the 1%. I cannot, and will not, support either Clinton or Trump. I am ashamed to be an American facing these two choices. I will not vote for either of them. Their actions regarding persons with disabilities, through downright vocal discrimination or behind the scenes corporate actions in regards to the privatization of public education show they are not fit to lead our country’s future. As I have been telling people, if you can’t do the right thing for children, how can you be expected to lead a country. Children are the foundation and future of this country.
You can deal me out of voting for either candidate. I pray America will come to its senses and do the right thing for our country. No matter who wins, the controversy surrounding both of them will overshadow anything they do. Both parties will become a lynch mob towards the other from 2017 to 2020. This is not America. This is not the country that Hillary Clinton talked about in her speech last night. It is a very ugly political arena of the very worst America has to offer. Hillary may have the political experience, but look at the many incidents she has escaped unscathed from. Donald may have the corporate experience, but he has represented the 1% his entire life.
As a Delawarean, I see my own state divided into three parts: Hillary, Donald, and neither. I fear Hillary the most because of rumors surrounding our own Governor, Jack Markell, vying for the US Secretary of Education spot under a second President Clinton. I fear Donald because he is a racist maniac playing on the fear of Americans. I fear Hillary because she caters to big corporations and has been paid handsomely for those efforts through the Clinton foundation or campaign contributions. I fear Donald because he will land us into a bad war (if not nuclear) if he continues his rhetoric. I support neither and there is no other viable choice that could get enough votes so neither of them become President. What this country needs, right now, is a revolution. We need to overturn both parties and do something. I don’t know if that is even possible at this point, but if we want to save America, we really have no choice. If the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, we need to rise above the fears of the supporters of both candidates and do the right thing for America and openly revolt against the two-party system that is killing our country.
It was brought to my attention today that I blasted the National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia over some recent comments she made in regards to students with disabilities while remaining completely mum on Donald Trump’s mockery of a New York Times reporter with a disability. This is very true. As I explained to my friend, I expected more out of the leader of the largest teachers union in the country than Donald Trump. I expect Donald Trump to say and do stupid things at times that don’t make any logical sense. But both actions offended not only the disability community but many in America as well. I was very offended about Trump’s actions. I also found out about his actions on Thanksgiving Day. Had it been any other day, I most likely would have written about it, but it was a holiday and the only post I put up was things to be thankful for. A few days later, I found out about the NEA President’s comments. This was also immediately after I saw her urging all the teachers in the NEA to contact members of Congress to pass the “Every Student Succeeds Act”, which I do not support.
In the interest of fairness, I do not condone Trump’s actions by any stretch of the imagination. Even more insulting was the fact that he did not apologize for his actions but rather insisted he doesn’t mock those with disabilities. Today, The Daily Beast wrote an article about Trump’s history with the Americans With Disabilities Act and it is a very long and egregious list.
In terms of Lily Eskelsen Garcia’s comments, I truly believed along with many others that she used the term “chronically tarded” in a speech, along with the words “medically annoying” in describing things teachers in America have to deal with on a daily basis. She has since issued a formal apology, via Youtube, explaining she was saying “chronically tardy” and why she used the term “medically annoying”. She recognized her choice of words in the speech was not the best decision and I respect that immensely.
The difference between two similar actions could not have been more distinct and clear. One apologized, the other made excuses. One is redeemed in my eyes, the other is not. In this very odd and peculiar battle of Lily Eskelsen Garcia vs. Donald Trump, she wins by a landslide!