Am I going to die today? That’s my question every morning before I get in the car and drive through a road construction work zone on Illinois Route 53 that has a speed limit everyone ignores because no one enforces the law. The state tells me to disobey the work zone limit at my peril. Other drivers expect me to get moving or else. What’s a driver to do when you only want to survive your drive to work?
When we give money to other countries through USAID one of our goals is to make it difficult for foreign governments to exploit despair. The United States is not a third world country. Quite the opposite is true. Is that why despair in America is made to be exploited instead of eliminated?
Midterm campaign season is getting ready to explode. These are the lessons for candidates who weren’t paying attention to this summer’s hot and ugly national climate: low unemployment is a failure, extremism is moderation, the rule of law depends on what party you belong to, and only the opposition’s Supreme Court nominees will legislate from the bench.
Until now Democrats were long-time supporters of government workers and labor interests. They just finished blasting the Supreme Court for the Janus public sector union decision and Republican anti-union policies will factor hugely into the coming midterm elections. How do federal officers who are also union members factor into the party’s agenda? That question creates a huge conflict for extremist party members who will be forced to pander to unions and illegal immigrants to bring out the November vote.
When a president oversteps his bounds there is always impeachment. Democrats have reminded us of that fact since January 20, 2017. When a political party takes over the legislature and the presidency there’s not a lot we can do until the next election. That’s what happened with Barack Obama and why we have a national health care system we can’t afford that doesn’t cover everyone Democrats claimed it would cover. Whether or not Trump is an authoritarian depends on your politics. One way or the other the people have an option we don’t have with an entrenched party of bullying progressives.