Last week I penned a column saying that I wanted to be known for what I am for. Our nation has snowballed into a population who are equally divided and against everything. This negativity and anger at each other are tearing at the very fabric that binds us together as a nation and threatening our standing in the world.
How did we get here?
I am not a political columnist. I do not choose sides in my writing, but I have a theory of how we got here, and it happened with irreversible damage inflicted by impeachment.
When the House voted to impeach Bill Clinton, Washington, D.C., changed. It began a slow boil that has brought us to the raging eruption of anger today. Let’s start with the “special counsel.” Giving this kind of unlimited and expansive power is wrought with the potential to damage the nation. Want to investigate our president for what is suspected as shady real estate investments in Arkansas? Fine. But arming a special counsel to dig into any person's past and human imperfections, even if it had nothing to do with real estate in Arkansas guarantees a negative conclusion. No president, no person … not me and not you … can withstand that type of scrutiny. The truth is that impeachment on both sides of the aisle is about overturning the will of the American people at the ballot box. Period.
The Democrats are hell-bent on overturning the 2016 results and I guarantee you, the Republicans are thinking ahead to the next Democrat to hold the White House and how they will destroy and remove that person from office, even though we have no idea who it may be. I thought the American people alone held the power to decide who our leader is for each four-year cycle, but our partisan politicians have decided we are not smart enough to choose our leader.
So, it began with the negative and damaging impeachment of Bill Clinton. Then, President George W. Bush was treated with a disrespect I had never seen in my lifetime. Followed by the disgraceful treatment of President Barack Obama and now President Donald Trump. Every president since Clinton has been treated worse than the president before. How can it get worse? Trust me … it can and will unless we, as decent law-abiding and respectful Americans, say enough is enough!
Anything done in anger rarely has a positive outcome.
Bill Clinton became more popular after impeachment. George W. was re-elected even though the left tried to convince us he was stupid and unfit to lead. Then, Barack Obama entered office with a firestorm of hatred by his opponents and again, was re-elected. In my lifetime, we have never experienced a president like Donald Trump. He entered office with fists swinging and his opponents were screaming impeachment before he was inaugurated. I believe the result will be the same. Impeachment is a futile exercise by a partisan House. I have no doubt Trump will be impeached. Then it goes to an equally partisan Senate, where I equally have no doubt that impeachment will be defeated. And in the end, impeachment will almost guarantee the re-election of our current POTUS, which verifies my premise from last week. Positive actions attract and negative actions repel. Work hard and strive to achieve “what you are for” rather than “what you are against.”
The negativity of D.C. politics is now filtering into local elections.
In the not-too-distant past, the local red and blue parties had little connection to the national organizations. It wasn’t unusual for a red community to elect a blue mayor or the opposite, but not today. The anger and vitriol has seeped down from D.C. into the smallest of communities. The mayor of our county seat has been a target of hatred since the moment she was elected. She has never had a chance to govern or serve because her opposition will not allow it. They fear that if she succeeds in governing, and the city wins, then she’ll be re-elected. The thought of winning an election is more important to her opposition than the success of their city. Yes … read that again. They would rather see the mayor fail than their community succeed. And you know what? This same scenario is playing in almost every community the USA.
We deserve better … or do we? If we support this kind of political hand-to-hand combat, we deserve what we get. But if we can shed the red and blue jerseys we are wearing long enough to work together for the betterment of our communities … we have a chance of becoming “one nation” again.
Join me. I am no longer a Republican nor Democrat. I’m an American.
I am a citizen only concerned with the well-being of our nation and communities. I am for charity, fairness, unity and love of my neighbor regardless of their political leanings, color of their skin or religious beliefs. I want to “love, serve and give.”
We must stop the anger and vitriol that’s tearing our nation apart. If not, what kind of nation and world will we leave our children and grandchildren?
We are better than this. Our children deserve better and it is up to us to make sure they are left with better.
Be fair. Do not allow Sean Hannity or Rachel Maddow to tell you how to think. Think for yourself.
Love. Give. Serve.
GARY W. MOORE is a freelance columnist, speaker and author of three books including the award-winning, critically acclaimed, “Playing with the Enemy.” Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryWMoore721 and at www.garywmoore.com