The 116th Congress has just been instituted. Nancy Pelosi is back at the speaker’s seat, and the institution of the presidency is no longer venerated.
The state of our union is not that strong. America is as divided as has never been witnessed since the civil war. And politics has been reduced to a game of pettiness. There are literally no statesmen left in Washington to inspire leadership and mobilize their side and significant number of willing members from the other side of the aisle to come together and work out a compromise for national good. The federal government shutdown has entered its 14th day. There is no end in sight.
Democrats may not give in on President Trump’s demands because giving in on the demands of the president for a $5bn for a border wall does not sit well with majority of party faithfuls. They consider the wall immoral. The president being an egomaniac and goaded by his base may not shift grounds because shifting grounds means losing part of his base who will consider him weak for shifting grounds. And there is no one in the ranks of the republican party to encourage him to compromise since they see compromise on the wall as the demise of their party. Then comes the question of what is leadership and why is the president in the White House and members of Congress in office if they cannot do the job the American people sent them to Washington to do?
Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate. Democrats with their new found constitutional powers will investigate President Trump’s autocratic predispositions and possibly impeach him. Republicans in the Senate will protect the president from being thrown out of office. There will be fireworks coming from both sides. Nothing will get done for the health of the nation. The gridlock will be as never has been seen. And America will suffer.
Meanwhile our infrastructure is in a sorry state. China just touched down on the moon and is continuously flexing both military and economic muscles all around the globe. At our detriment.
Russia just threatened us with supersonic nuclear missiles they claim our defense shield cannot protect us from. Yes, that Russia that we have been doing their bidding including withdrawing our troops from Syria and claiming they have the right to invade Afghanistan the time they did. Yes, that Russia. And those claims, from our dear President and Commander-In-Chief, Trump.
Where do we go from here? Who can right the course of this ship called America and steer us to national cohesion, progress and comprehensive prosperity where each and every one willing to work for it can have a piece of the American pie? And not just a privileged few.