A concerned veteran
December 7, 1941 is remembered as a day that will live in infamy.
So said President Franklin Roosevelt after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I enlisted in the Army Air Corps in October 1942 to protect and defend our great country. I am fearful that January 20, 2017, the day the Donald J. Trump became President of the United States, will be remembered as the beginning of the fall of American Democracy. This major shining country that gives every citizen the opportunity to achieve whatever goals they chose. Yes, we have many warts. Yes, there is discrimination. Yes, there is prejudice. But on balance, this is the country that most people admire. We will shortly have all of the government branches controlled by the Conservative Republican Party, i.e., the Presidency, House/Senate and Judiciary. The Senate has confirmed or will confirm all of President Trump’s nominees, regardless of qualifications because, as Senator Orin Hatch said, “We have the votes.” Senator Mitch McConnell muzzled Senator Elizabeth Warren for quoting Coretta King. Senator McConnell, you will remember, said: “My first duty is to prevent President Obama from being elected to a second term.” I admired Mr. Trump when he built the NYC Central Park ice skating rink when others said it wasn’t doable. But this is not this man, now. This man distorts facts on a daily basis. This man, by his own admission, has a low attention span, objecting to being briefed daily by our National Security teams. This man continues to insult anyone who disagrees with him, be it an average citizen, politician or foreign leader. This man has not been open, re: taxes, divesting of assets, etc. This man is trying to demonize the press. Where are the “Giants” like Edward R. Murrow during the McCarthy period when accusations were made on unfounded facts. Sound familiar? Where are the political leaders like Jacob Javits, Nelson Rockefeller, Teddy Roosevelt and Ben Gilman who voted for programs irrespective of party. Perhaps Senator John McCain, a fellow POW, would take the lead. When I was a young boy in the 1930’s, my father told me there was very little difference between the Republicans and Democrats. If our political parties don’t put America first and find common ground, I fear that America will go the way of other great nations. Harvey Horn Monroe
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