I don’t put a lot of confidence in polls, but a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll had an interesting finding. It found 80% of Americans feel our country is “out of control.” By political party, that included 92% of Democrats and 66% of Republicans. I suppose the two parties differ on how to bring it back under control.
The past three and a half years have been one controversial crisis after another. If you agree the country is out of control, I would note it should have been anticipated since voters chose four years ago to put a reality game show host in the White House. You hire a clown and you get a circus. It makes good TV, but it’s not a way to run a country.
Trump started his term in office with a disastrous decision, for no reason, to ban Muslims traveling into the country. That action left many American doctors, scientists and teachers stranded and unable to get back to their jobs. That was followed by the inhumane action of yanking immigrant children from the arms of their mothers and putting them in cages.
Trump also tried to do away with the Affordable Care Act, without having any healthcare system to replace it. Fortunately, the last great Republican statesman, Sen. John McCain, cast the deciding vote to put an end to that craziness.
Later, we had Trump standing on an international stage in Helsinki, declaring he took the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies, on charges of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Then came the attempted extortion of Ukraine to get dirt on his likely election rival, Joe Biden. That led to impeachment, with all Republican senators, except Mitt Romney, showing no moral courage to uphold the charges they knew were true.
Now we have 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, which Trump called a hoax and declared would be over in a few weeks. Closing down the country brought the highest unemployment since the Great Depression. Trump called for fast reopening of the economy, even if it meant more death to many older citizens.
When nationwide protests erupted after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Trump’s response was to threaten to call out the military to all major cities to establish law and order, due to a small minority of protesters who were rioting and looting.
The Trump administration has brought our nation nothing but an onslaught of senseless tweets, crazy conspiracy theories and the embarrassment of our country around the world.
I don’t know about anybody else, but I’d like an end to all the craziness. I would vote for any Republican or Democrat, who would bring our country back together.
After 9/11, President George W. Bush helped bring the country together as we rallied behind him in the fight against terrorism. After the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, people stood behind President John Kennedy in preventing a nuclear war. Crises have always brought out the best of our leaders in the past. We sure haven’t seen that in 2020.
I hope if Biden is elected president, one of his first actions will be to meet with congressional leaders of both parties to help bring our nation back together. There’s many problems our lawmakers need to be working on together, including law enforcement, education, healthcare, infrastructure and international relations. We don’t need four more years of our current insanity.
80% of the nation agree.
Winston Jones is a former journalist living in Carrollton.