Donald Trump has been President for three years now, and I so want a new one. I am certainly not alone, and the multitudes can list the reasons ad infinitum. I’m with them. But I have one very selfish reason that elevates above all others. I’m exhausted and need a break.
In the modern era, all presidents have taken vacations and weekend trips to escape the stress of the job. FDR frequented a spa in Georgia; Truman returned to Missouri; Eisenhower visited Fraser, Colorado; JFK returned to his home in Hyannis Port; Reagan frequented his ranch in California; Carter went home to Plains, Georgia; G.W. Bush frequented his ranch in Texas; and Obama Christmased Hawaii, where he was actually born. No president in history, however, has spent as much time and money on “relaxation” as the current occupant of the White House, Donald J. Trump.
As I sit here and read a New York Times article about President Donald Trump, I can't help but imagine an old lady propped up at a dark smokey lounge near an airport somewhere slurping her third gin and tonic blaspheming about her ex husband. A shadow of her former self, precisely deploying the most spiteful insults and sentiment all the while knowing she had a much different opinion of said "bastard" at a different point in time and despite her level of intoxication the articulation and mutilation of said reputation of the ex was flawless and concise with the intent to destroy satisfied for now.
Throughout history, world empires have ended rather abruptly. The Babylonian Empire was destroyed when the Medes and the Persians diverted the Euphrates River. As a result, the Babylonians were no longer defended by the river. The Persian Empire was demolished by Alexander the Great in 331 BC even though the Persian army outnumbered the Greeks almost at a 6 to 1 ratio. After Alexander the Great suddenly died nine years later, the Greek Empire was split up into four different regions.
“It was the spring of hope; it was the winter of despair”—Dickens, 1859.
Donald J. Trump is either loved by many, or hated by most. On one side, he is an evil, male chauvinist that is racist to the marrow of the bone. On the other side, he is a breath of fresh, God-believing, Christian evangelical that will bring moral stability, true equality, and a stronger foreign policy and diplomacy. So which is it? The "left" hand or the "right" hand.
There is no question that the political climate of the US is highly charged in recent years, or that President Donald Trump has been accused of heinous actions. In the Ukraine scandal alone, he is accused of numerous crimes, including bribery, extortion, and conspiracy. (Walter 2019) There’s been ongoing, consistent outcry about the border camps and practice of separating migrant children from their families to live in squalor. (Dalton 2019; Holmes 2019; Helm and Tapper 2018; Miller 2019) But the conversation around these border camps—these concentration camps, as they have been called (Holmes 2019; Miller 2019)—falls woefully short of acknowledging the biggest, most central problem with the practice of separating children from their families as a matter of government policy.
If it has not been clear that the President of the United States is racist, we certainly learned that he was in his latest Tweets.
One of the hardest things in the world to do when you've been shown to be wrong is to apologize, but after wrongfully attributing a quote to President Donald Trump, Bette Midler did exactly that. Not only did she apologize, she posted the source information which proved her information that she originally posted was wrong.