Go ahead. Sit back, count your money, and watch Republicans dispose of Obamacare. They promised to do it. It’s what we wanted. The party has been waiting for the chance for years. The new White House will claim a massive victory for the people when it’s done. Will it make a difference? Whatever the ACA gets replaced with, there will be no solution to the single worst health care problem in America: people getting sick and dying early because they don’t take care of themselves.
I am not surprised that Jimmy Carter is attending the inauguration. Whether or not you agree with his politics it’s hard to argue that the man has integrity. He is also wise enough to know that turning his back on America’s leader is a foolish thing to do. This isn’t the time to show contempt for President Trump.
Now that everyone is rejecting fake news whether or not it is real, why are we still so obsessed with words that mean even less? Whether we are talking about inappropriate remarks at a Hollywood awards show or Trump’s latest Twittering, Americans hang on the words of prominent people as if they mean something. Sometimes they do.
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.
Democrats won’t see the humor in a big U.S. auto manufacturer hanging up plans for production in Mexico. They won’t admit that they have already handed us the solution to manufacturers leaving the U.S. for cheap labor elsewhere. Cheap labor is already here. We can thank ridiculous policies that only make sense to those who are too wrapped up in liberal self-indulgence to see the big picture and question its validity.
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.