One of the dubious achievements Obama took credit for in his farewell speech in Chicago was the wealthy paying a fairer share of taxes. There was a joke hiding in that boast. We all know that Democrats will never stop demanding a larger fair share of higher incomes, so “fairer” means absolutely nothing. The good news is that all the accomplishments inflicted upon us can be reversed if we change the meaning of fair share.
American Ideals and Values
While a new year stares us in the face an unanswered question won’t go away. Can the one nation we used to take pride in come back together, or did we finally go too far? Can we trade unity for the insecurities politicians used to split us up?
Americans bumped elbows in Times Square, Chicago, and other big cities to ring in 2017 and probably didn’t stop to wonder who the person next to them voted for.
Whiteness was the worst word of 2016.
We are about to find out that whiteness is the cause of every problem afflicting our nation. The nasty thing about it is that whiteness can be spun to apply to just about any domestic issue the country wants to be angry about whether it is police conduct, fair wages, immigration, education, or government spending.
Are sore losers to blame for the black eye we gave ourselves in 2016, or does our lack of self-respect come from something more insidious? What happened this past year doesn’t portray Americans in a good light. It shames us.
We don’t often talk about the values and virtues we lost over the course of a year.
Can you imagine a bigger disappointment for a child than a year with no Christmas? What if December 25, 2016 was just like any other day? No hope for presents, lights, trees, carols, Christmas cookies, or stockings until next year.
No child deserves that, but America does. Our behavior this year should mean no Christmas until 2017.
Chicago took down its Trump signs.1 The city no longer deemed him worthy of its respectful brown placards. Removing the signs in this destitute sanctuary city is probably more of an honor to a Republican than putting them up, but no one would argue that payback and disrespect are a sign of the times. This is just another example of how the more perfect union the country was founded on may be gone forever.
Your government wants to do more than run your life. It wants you to have faith that it will do it better than you can. That means there is no reason to thank God for the things we need. All we have to do is pray to the government, which will give us what it thinks we should have whether we want it or not.
I drove past a sign on a church yesterday that asked us to “Pray for our Nation.” Assuming this was a reference to the new president, my knee-jerk reaction was anger. It didn’t occur to me until later that the sign might not have had anything to do with the new liberal left war on America.