“I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis and Chief of Staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos.” – Republican Sen. Bob Corker
I had lunch with a very old friend of mine yesterday. Though we live just a few miles away from each other aside from the occasional text or email about someone dying that we know I really hadn’t spent much time with him over the last four or five years. The reason we lost touch is less about him and more about the “former friends” he and I used to share.
You see my view of the world changed about ten years ago though I kept those views bottled-up for both social and economic reasons for a number of years. Once I began acting on and sharing my thoughts about politics, and social issues friends soon became “former friends” and I became isolated and labeled a liberal, a socialist and worst of all a DEMOCRAT (cue the thunder and lightning).
My friend is a smart, sweet man. His pleasures are simple, drinking beer and fishing either together or separately though he can’t fish without drinking beer but he can drink beer and talk about fishing. Where once we had a few things in common, today, other than our shared enjoyment of a cold beer, we have few. Politics is not something we agree on at all.
He voted for Trump. When pressed for the reasons why he spews what most Trump supporters hang their red MAGA baseball caps on, Republican, conservative, and a businessman. Sadly, there is one other reason my friend voted for Trump, he is white. For him there is just something very comfortable, and stable about having an old rich white guy sitting in the Oval Office and he uses the stock market as the barometer to prove the point that Trump is and has been good for the country.
Like me, my friend knows little to nothing about the workings of the stock market. I do know that the market increased a staggering 230 percent during the Obama years but nobody talked about it because most sane, and rational people realize that the stock market is not an indicator of how we are doing. But when your administration doesn’t have a plan for success, no victories but plenty of chaos you resort to inventing successes that you can take “credit” for hence tweets like; Stock Market hits an ALL-TIME high! Unemployment lowest in 16 years! Business and manufacturing enthusiasm at highest level in decades!
The bottom line here is this, nine months in and Trump is an unequivocal failure. The chaos that he has and continues to create at the top has filtered down throughout his administration. Millions spent on private flights is just the tip of the iceberg of abuses occurring in a Trump White House. Why? Because there aren’t enough grown-ups supervising the actions, words or thoughts of Trump and key department heads. Cronyism and nepotism is alive and well in the White House which is why so many government oversight and environmental regulations have been rolled back. Big money speaks and I wonder when the Deplorable Nation will catch on to the fact that more money in his and his family and friends pockets is the only thing their President is concerned about.
My long overdue lunch with my friend ended quickly. Once we covered the activities of our kids, and updates on different people that we knew the conversation lagged. Though we are the exact same age we are in two very different places politically and socially. I am sure he will go back and tell my “former friends” that I am a Obama loving, left leaning, liberal nut and it will confirm for everyone while they sip their lukewarm Budweisers why I became a “former friend”.