Posts Tagged ‘POTUS’

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American pride

September 26, 2017

AmericanFlagFor more of my life so far than not, I was never a sports fan. Then nearly 21 years ago, I married an avid sports fan and lifelong athlete. About 12 years ago, my husband’s love of sports and the rise of Tim Tebow (University of Florida) as a hometown celebrity in the Jacksonville area where we lived then, brought me to sports.

Before that, however, the one thing I did love about sports events was the roar of the crowd as our United States’ national anthem ended. That enthusiasm – yes, for both the musician/signer and the game’s start – is unmatched by any other venue.

Given recent national events (thank you very much #POTUS – read, sarcasm font), my fear is now that in typical American extremism fashion, we’ll move to no more national anthem performances or military jet flyovers at these events. That would break my heart.

America is not perfect. We are apparently slow learners when you look at our ongoing racial tension. In the greatest country on Earth, we have children and families who go to bed hungry each night. Gun violence is out of control and crime rates should embarrass and concern us all. Each one of us, should be better than that.

Right now, what I see and hear, is pouting and juvenile behavior on both sides. I don’t believe this tantrum will not result in positive change on any serious issues in our country. Kneel if you like, stay in the locker room, stand with your hand on your heart because, thank God, other Americans have been and continue to be willing to fight for our freedom to express our views.

For angry fans, I ask you to think about games you’ve attended and how many in the crowd also ‘disrespected’ America because they were buying a beer, chatting with their friends or otherwise also ignoring the national anthem. My guess is that most of us truly have no right to cast stones at the individuals now who choose to take other actions during the anthem.

I like this opinion piece statement from Martin E. Dempsey, retired Army general, Duke University Rubenstein Fellow and chairman of the J. NBA Leadership Council. “For those who don’t like standing because they disagree with what America has done, stand and pay it forward for what you think America should do. Then, as the last echoes of the anthem fade away, go back to arguing for change from that foundation of promise that is the national anthem.”

So, drop it and move on, please. If you are in a position with money and a celebrity-level platform, use it to effect real and positive change that continue to make our country great and greater. If you don’t have those resources, effect change from where you are in the ways you are able. Together, in our diversity when we remain civil and courteous, we are great.

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President-in-Training (unfortunately for the rest of us)

July 23, 2017

When a public servant, elected or other, is willing to sacrifice his constituents for his pride, we do not have a public servant. It becomes exponentially more frightening to me when that public servant is the leader of all US public servants – the president of the United States.

Yes, our current president said, on camera, it’s time to “just let Obamacare fail.” Horrifying and insensitive! Not like that would hurt any ummm – people!

It is his job to own it, not let it fail without an alternative. It is his duty to work it, not walk away from it. It is his moral and political obligation.

What happened to his campaign bravado that he could negotiate and make deals? That he knows how to compromise?

I did not vote for him but I could see a connection between the ability to reach compromise and the need for that in Congress. If he was smart, he would figure out how to leverage his negotiation skills to build those relationships with all Congressional members. If he could do that, he and this country, might reach solutions and achieve progress.

Instead, we are stuck with a tired, ignorant, non-transparent president and administration. So far, they have accomplished nothing except to show us all how untrustworthy they are. All citizens, you know, those of us who are ordinary, hard-working, non-billionaire people, should be frightened and outraged. Current US leadership is wont to do anything for us.

Some days, I think Trump will get up one morning soon and say, “I’m done. I don’t need this. It’s harder than I thought it would be.” (He’s already admitted that the job and health care reform are too hard for him.)

The rest of us knew it was a hard job with difficult issues. We should never have chosen a president-in-training. That’s the VP job. I hope I’m right that he’ll walks away. I won’t hold my breath because he seems intent to destroy our country except for the select 1 percent.