The blood in the hallways of Santa Fe High School is no doubt as crimson as the reality of the present administration. This is not hyperbole, but fact. America is beyond arms reach, arguably ideologically isolated from ally countries by Trump’s leadership. Trump the candidate had promised to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, a promise he unceremoniously fulfilled earlier this month, in doing so destabilized the area and ejected the United States from being considered a fair broker in any negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.
While on the campaign trail Trump also promised to increase veterans’ health care. A promise largely unfulfilled. And what about his presidential promise of the war against opioids? It’s been almost seven months since he declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency with no measurable action or gains, instead Mr. Trump prefers to declare war against the media that reports his blunders, the U.S. Post Office, and the world in general. Top of his list remains the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who continues to indict those connected to Trump. Some already pleading guilty. Continue reading “Opinion | The Drowning Man”→
Trump is like a wrecking ball leaving children in his wake. A president is supposed to care about all people, not just the ones of voting age who agree with his agenda. On March 24, 2018, when the kids came to Washington the president ran away. The trip to his resort in Florida suddenly became the moral imperative rather than the responsibilities of the office to which he had been elected.
Some weeks earlier he had held listening sessions but when he had an opportunity to apply what he had learned, the president ran away. Trump seemed to run as fast as his Chicken Little legs could take him. The sky is falling, has fallen on the victims of gun violence. Arguably, a committed leader would be running to help those kids and all Americans. And yet, when their collective voices were raised, the president ran away.
Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland shooting spree, ran toward the falling sky.
Bright lights from a passing car and the sound of firecrackers, and the scattering of people running for their lives. That’s all I really remember of the first time I heard real gunfire.
Chances are on February 14th the teenagers, children really, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas didn’t know what those sounds were at first, nor did the elementary school children at Sandy Hook in 2012. Not at first. Canada is not without its gun violence. Although not on the same par as American mass shootings, nonetheless, gun violence continues to spread, scattering like buckshot. Things are different in Canada, and of course, Canada didn’t have a leader who boasted he could stand in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and not lose any voters.
“All of this has happened before and will happen again.”
As the 60’s rock group, Buffalo Springfield once sang, “There’s something happening here…There’s battle lines being drawn.” The devastation at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the most recent mass shooting involving an assault-type rifle. The debate over gun control has been fueled by a combination of enraged and engaged students, a town hall meeting gone bad for politicians, and a White House listening session that resulted in crude and dangerous recommendations by President Trump. Add to the mix a CPAC meeting, where the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre, gave a defiant speech warning that a perceived socialist agenda would strip away 2nd Amendment rights.Continue reading “Opinion | Buffalo Springfield, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and The Hour of the Gun”→