Without A Paddle

When an individual’s words and actions seem inexplicable, he or she may be said to have “one oar in the water.”  Their thinking appears irrational, behavior out of control.

It becomes increasingly apparent President Donald J. Trump has no oar in the water. Under his erratic command the Ship of State bobs, turns, twists and nearly capsizes, veers off course at every new current, eddy and whirlpool.  Nearing the end of this crazed, three-year drift, riffles and undercurrents have grown to COVID 19-powered, Class V Rapids!  Alarmed, sensing a waterfall around the bend, passengers and crew yearn and pray for a Stable Skipper.

American Presidents

February 13 Siena College Research Institute released results of its 6th Presidential Expert Poll, asking 157 “presidential scholars, historians and political scientists” to rate the best American presidents. Picking a few, Reagan comes in 13th, Clinton comes in 15th, Obama17th, G.W.H Bush 21st , Richard Nixon 29th, and G.W. Bush 33rd. Beating out Andrew Johnson (44th) who was impeached and James Buchanan (43rd) whose presidency was followed by the Civil War, Donald J. Trump ranks 42nd or the third worst American president.

Employing his boilerplate response to messages that doesn’t suit his purpose, Trump would, of course, kill the157 messengers.

My New Blog

My new site https://myex-mo.com is limited to thoughts on The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. Mormons are wonderful people. I love my Mormon family and friends. There are, however, Church history and doctrine which I find troubling, even impossible to believe. If you have no interest in Mormonism or are not okay with having LDS precepts examined, don’t go there. If it’s worth a read please tell your friends.

Delay getting site launched.  Should be up soon.

Democracy

It’s said Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden represent the status quo, old-fashion politics, business as usual in D.C. It’s true! It even has a name: Democracy! It’s civil debate and compromise. It’s respecting the loyal opposition, even when I vehemently disagree with their politics and policies. Democracy is not mean and rude.  It is not taunting, shoving and name-calling like a sixth-grade Bully! Democracy is not saying whatever serves your immediate purpose regardless of truth or fact!

Borrowing on English poet and philosopher John Donne, “No man (no nation, not even America) is an island.” Without the respect and cooperation of other nations we cannot survive. Our American Democracy does not thumb its nose, does not give the finger to the rest of humanity. The most favored people on Earth are duty-bound to do all we can—more than our share—to make life better for all people!

There’s a sense I earned and deserved this free and favored life. I didn’t and I don’t! Those who went before, parents and grandparents centuries back earned it. My responsibility is to preserve and pay it forward! My responsibility is to leave America and every nation on planet Earth more livable and safer for those to come.

With its full share of sins and shortcomings, each American administration, Democrat and Republican, represents Democracy in action. To this is point in time, none was a Trumpian/Putinian Oligarchy.