In truth, the OM’s rise to power is forcing us to look at this insidious network of oligarchs, including those from the USA working with those from Russia and Saudi Arabia for example, and how they have begun to lay claim to all that there is. The wealthiest 400 of the world’s oligarchs now hold far more wealth than most of the entire population of the Earth. This is theft in plain sight on a massive worldwide scale. And thanks to the OM, we are beginning to see how it works as an enemy to democracy and to the majority of the American people.
As I pointed out in my last blog, thanks to the OM it has become ever more clear that many in our federal government may have been bought and paid for with laundered Russian money or with Saudi Arabian blood money or perhaps with both. We are under attack not merely by foreign governments but by the most powerful and wealthy oligarchs throughout the world. And, as I have pointed out in recent postings, it becomes clearer every day that the OM won’t be running for reelection in 2020. The evidence of his crimes, including his many acts of Obstruction of Justice and Abuse of Power are out in the open for us all to see. It is only a matter of time before the wheels of justice remove him from office, probably before the end of 2019.
But the larger and far more important question is “Why?” Why did we as people elect the OM? Why does over a third of our countrymen see things his way and believe in him still, after the nearly 9,000 documented lies he has told since taking office? What do we have to learn from all of this?
The Lesson is here for the learning. As Americans, we have collectively taken our eyes off the ball for too long, not trusting enough or caring enough in our democracy to vote in numbers that would truly reflect our society. We have allowed our government to be sold out from under us to the highest bidders. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people cannot endure without active participation from its people. We as a people need to insist on truth, justice and fairness in our politics, in our media coverage, in our leaders. Having turned our attentions away from the very institutions that have insured and guarded our freedom, the same freedom that American patriots have paid for with their very lives, we risk having it stolen out from under us.
The comparatively large turnout in the midterm election in 2018 was a heartening sign that America is waking up and accepting the critical dangers to our system of government, returning some checks and balances to the system by replacing the deadbeat and morally bankrupt Republican control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats, as was the Women’s March of 2017 and 2018. The lessons we are learning from the very fact of the OM’s presence in the White House, has brought a new Resistance to all of the corruption at hand. We are beginning to learn the lesson.
We will need to learn many more lessons from the current political debacle we find ourselves in currently. Once the OM is removed from office, we will still have many lessons to learn, and there will be much that will be needed to change in order to recover from the destruction that the OM has brought to our institutions of governance. But the OM is not the cause of all of our problems; he is merely a symptom of the corrupt system now in place, and he is the beneficiary. Once he goes, we will have many fights ahead. His true believers will not go quietly into the night. They will need to be both fought and taught, and brought back to some level of reason and sanity. The entire system will have to be changed, cleansed and taken to task. The GOP as it is currently constipated, will need to removed entirely and torn from our cultural landscape like the bad seed that it is.
The lessons are for learning, and for teaching.
In having a president as corrupt and criminal as the OM, we have learned much and we will have many more hard lessons to learn from in our near future. As a people, we will continue to have to struggle with our homework assignments that our current presidency has brought to all Americans. Indeed, we still have much to learn about civics and government and a new way of funding campaigns. We will need to fight to get all money out of politics. We will need to fight for our democracy and the freedoms that most lazy Americans, largely uneducated and illiterate, have for too long taken for granted. In that, like all other great civilizations that came and went, we are victims of our own success. In this, can we learn from our mistakes or are we destined to repeat them perpetually until we finally succumb completely to our own stupidity?
The lessons of our mistakes are here now, front and center, for our collective learning. But will we as a nation choose to learn? Will we choose as a nation to grow and change and mature? Or will we, like much of our media outlets, remain stuck on stupid?
Let’s hope we can learn from the lessons before us, and make the changes required of us as a people to become a more perfect union, before it is too late.