LIVE: VIDEO AND POLITICS

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:06
Temper, hatefulness of Trump vs. Clinton campaign hits new low, America in uncivil distemper
Written by 
Rate this item
(0 votes)

hostile america 3by Ron Chapman
We are within nine weeks of the 2016 Presidential election and matters could not be worse.  Not only are the two leading candidates not worthy of legitimate consideration, but the temper of the campaign itself has fallen to a terrible low. 

Both the candidates and their supporters have brought debate to a new low.  That is even if the term “debate” can be applied.  There has been no discussion about issues at any time. This despite the fact that so many issues need to be discussed:

Foreign relations are worse than ever.  Even doing the Cold War America had allies it could depend upon.  Today, America is openly threatened by China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia while terrorists groups around the globe seek to do us great harm.  Allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, most Central American nations and even neighboring nations like Mexico and Canada hold us with little respect.   Our foes insult us and don’t fear us while our supposed allies have no confidence in our ability to stand up for what we believe in. 

On the domestic side our economy is in tatters.  Granted stocks have gone up which has made many global investors quite wealthy, but good jobs for everyday Americans do not exist.  The Middle Class has practically disappeared, out national debt is beyond comprehension, and race relations, once improving, appear to have degenerated terribly.  A total lack of trust in government prevails. 

Our young generation lives in desperation.  They are burdened with high student debt if they attended college yet have little promise of ever achieving an occupation commensurate to their education. Those lacking an education have even less hope for a meaningful future. 

Given these problems, America needs real leadership to heal wounds and solve problems, but there is little hope on the horizon as one looks at the candidates.  Were this not enough, the anger and hatefulness of the campaign has reached a new low. 

Americans have to rally around whoever wins the Presidency this coming November.  That is how democracy works.  The situation today is such that it appears those who support Trump or Clinton will never accept the other as legitimately winning the election.  That means that hope for traditional “rallying around the flag” is gone.  Indeed, even disrespect for and burning of the flag appears more in fashion than any sense of patriotism. 

There was a time when Americans could disagree without being disagreeable.  Apparently, those days are in the past.   Today, anger, demonstrations, riots, abuse, bullying, and shouting have replaced calm debate and respect for diverse opinions.   This antagonism has even infected some who consider themselves reasonable, and were reasonable during past elections. 

This bodes ill for our future.   In a world riddled with chaos, we need to respect our leaders and rally around our national interests.  Sadly, this will likely not occur.  As a result, Americans face a difficult future in this troubled world.  

Ron Chapman is a Louisiana businessman, educator and award winning columnist.

 

Login to post comments
  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

Read More

joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

Read More

indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

Read More

bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

Read More

BB Menu

latter-blum2

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1