By Lucas A Turney
For those of you who followed the reality television show of a campaign, which was the predecessor to what is now The Circus that Trump has single-handedly created, you will remember that he began pulling strings before Obama had even left office. For a man who slammed Obama for signing so many executive orders, the man seemed fairly comfortable putting into action no less than seven in the first couple weeks and is currently at no less than twelve. Many of them sound great, ranging from taking down drug cartels, thus, curbing drug trafficking into our country, to coming up with a plan within thirty days to eradicate ISIS and restructuring Homeland security to better protect our borders. Upon closer inspection though (which many people fail to concern themselves with due to either ambivalence or downright apathy,) the way in which he is going about these things may actually do more harm in the meantime than actual good in the long run.
If the desired results do occur, they may be welcomed, but the tactics and actions taken to bring them about are so crude and simplistic that to say that they have already upset many a legal, tax-paying American’s ways of life is an understatement. For many though, any actions taken by an administration that may displace some sense of fear or insecurity is, to them, worth the inconvenience, discomfort, degradation, defamation and and even loss of basic freedoms and human rights that many people from various walks of life are even now facing. Those in this country who merely don’t care at what cost their peace of mind comes at, seem to be largely outnumbered by those who choose to remain willfully ignorant of the cost of what they enjoy. I am unsure which I despise more.
Currently, a live poll posted on a liberal site on Facebook currently has Trumps first thirty days ranked as per “likes” and “dislikes.” Currently it is roughly head to head at three thousand apiece. This, to me, is a disturbing sign that not enough people in this country are actually paying attention to the nuances of the current political climate.
One of the main issues that is currently at the doorstep and worrying many, is that Humana will bow out of the Affordable Care Act (Healthcare,) in 2018. This will severely affect the ACA exchanges as well as the individual market due to the fact that they do not see the risk-pools leveling out any time soon as promised. This is not due to Obama’s design, but due to the fact that Trump tanked it with his economic decisions so that the only way it was sustainable was through government funding which isn’t there. But Paul Ryan has a “broad outline,” for a new healthcare plan. Sadly, it resembles a gasoline-fueled dumpster fire.
The whirlwind that hit this country when Trump came into office shook everyone up. Even his supporters quickly took to the defense of “Well, we didn’t think that he would go about it in that fashion.” And he most certainly has gotten attention from not only the courts, but the ethics committee. Anything that causes this many waves disturbs everyone who likes a steady craft. This is true whether you are Far Left, Far Right or somewhere in the middle.
Scoff if you like, but all of this may be a blessing in disguise. In many instances throughout history, a divided people have come together to defeat a common enemy. If Trump tearing at the very seams that hold this country together just to rebuild it in his image is what it takes for this country to become united once more, at least to the degree of general civility, maybe it is for the best. Think Newton’s Cradle. Maybe Trump is the raging catastrophe we must experience before we can look past the relatively minor issues that we hold so dear and try and make sacrifices so as to make this country a better place for all, and not just some. Selah