My New York Times post this morning moved its headlines from"the sublime to the ridiculous". President Trump has now accused President Obama of tapping his phone lines! That is pure paranoia. I do not understand the man's thinking patterns and I am fearful he is going to bog us down in such nonsense that nothing will ever get done in our government. Those well meaning folks who voted for him voted for what they hoped would be a change in Washington as well as breaking through the gridlock. If this keeps up he will be blaming his problems on aliens next. Well, that may be a little over the top, but if you remember Watergate, President Nixon was close to a complete breakdown due to pressures and was doing and saying some strange things. Trump supporters placed a lot of trust in him. I hope they won't be disappointed.
And then there is the "loyal opposition" as they are called in British Parliament. Throughout the country I wonder if we are descending into a one-party system. Good business sense tells us when there is a monopoly that is not a good thing. Competition forces us to be the best we can be. There is good sense in encouraging a two-party system and in some cases a three-party system just to keep everyone on their toes. The other day Mitch McConnell said something about making a reliable Republican nation. Not good!! I am not opposed to the Republican Party. We have had many great Americans come out of that group, but to have a single political philosophy be able to dictate the conscious of the Nation is frightening. That is too much power. Every group needs to have someone call them to account for their actions and a balanced, two-party system does just that.
Another issue that must be dealt with is the rise of anti-Semitism in this country. It is odd, I think, for it to happen in a country that purports to be a supporter of Israel and a strong supporter at that. In the movie, "Fiddler on the Roof", one Jew asks Reb Tevye, "Why do we always wear a hat on our heads?" Tevye, thinking for a moment, responds, " because we never know when we are going to have to go." Meaning fleeing oppression is just a part of the history of Jews in the world. I am sure the Jewish parents and the children in America today are fearful and no human being should have to live in fear. In Billings, Montana, many years ago a Jewish family had put a menorah in their window. Someone broke the window. The community, in a surge of support, put menorahs in all their front windows and then went on to make the city a safer place for all people to live. A recent news article talked about the need for Black families to teach their sons how to act when confronted by law enforcement even when they have done nothing wrong. One rule was, "Keep your hands out of your pockets. Keep them where they can be seen." Fear of cultural annihilation like the Standing Rock issue, or those facing deportation, or the LGBTQ community who have to face "being different" or people with mental and physical disabilities are always at a disadvantage in the main stream of society. Someone being attacked by a gang of bullies will defend themselves.
I like to quote our Constitution: "We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secures the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity so hereby ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." My 8th grade history teacher made learning the preamble a requirement for her classes. The Preamble to the Constitution has stuck in my memory and is something I pull out whenever I am examining the motives of those around me. These words have ever been a beacon for freedom movements across history and across the globe. May they remain in the national consciousness forever.