I was born in 1946; and original baby boomer. I love my country and have been pleased by the changes I experienced in my life. In the last 30+ years I have witnessed changes in our nation which threatened the nation I love. This is a list of the greatest evils in today’s America.
First is Donald John Trump. The most successful con man in history convinced millions of Americans that he would be a great American president in 2016 with the aid of Vladimir Putin and the mainstream media. Facts prove that he is a fascist who seeks to become America’s first autocrat; the greatest fear of our founding fathers.
Second is today’s Republican Party in name only which is a totally different party than the men and women I believed in in my early voting years. This group is the ‘Trump Party.’ They have abandoned all principles and ideals of the once Grand Old Party and bow to their fuhrer’s demands. They are desperate to save his illegitimate presidency and will say or do anything to protect the worst president in history.
Third is the NRA. Until 1976 this organization was devoted to gun rights and gun safety; the focus was on gun safety. After a group of greedy men realized that this once esteemed agency could become a powerful and extremely profitable group of white extremists by becoming a lobby for gun manufacturers and gun sellers, it abandoned its original purpose and placed profits before people. They are guilty for the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. Their support of right-wing politicians is a lethal and immoral collusion to enhance the wealth of the gun industry at the expense of human life.
Fourth is the Christian Religious Right. These fake Christians control the once Grand Old Party. They are opposed to the first amendment; placing their lives of luxury and privilege ahead of the rights of women. As a group, Christian leaders are greedy men who will do and say anything to preserve their lives as millionaires and billionaires. Their gods are money and power. The teachings of the prophet Jesus Christ have no meaning to these men who pay no taxes but control an entire political party.
Fifth on my list are America’s wealthiest corporations and individuals. Although several individuals including Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have pledged to donate their fortunes to the people of our nation, most, including Charles Koch, Sheldon Adelson, and others continue to seek control of our government for financial gain. They own the Republican Party who ignore the needs and wishes of the American people while bowing to the demands of special interests. The truth is that the party of Lincoln died over 30 years ago.
Lastly, I blame millions of American voters. Television “news” has failed the American people for the last 20+ years. Most Americans believe what they see and hear on the “boob tube” and vote based on the lies they view on broadcast television. In the ‘information age’ it is easy to learn the truth. Just minutes on the internet will inform anyone who cares about the position of each candidate on the issues most important to the majority. Voting for a party is pure ignorance. Not a single Republican cares about our nation’s people or the future of the United States. They are opportunists who are devoted to their control of our nation and their personal wealth.
Trump, Moscow Mitch, Lindsey Graham, Jim Jordan, Devin Nunez, Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Marco Rubio, and the others on the right are hypocrites and cowards who refuse to do the right thing for the American people. They are traitors one and all who have violated their oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.
All of my nearly 74 years as an American have been devoted to loyalty and respect for what I believed could become the greatest nation on the planet. Trump’s actions as our nation’s illegitimate leader have made me ashamed of our country. This nation under Trump is far from the country which raised and nurtured me. My America no longer exists. My only hope is that on November 3rd the American people will take our country back from the extremist fascists on the right wing.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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