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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The days that lie ahead

This and That By Avis Anderson

Well, this week will begin the tale of the Trump White House.  I think the whole country is nervous about what lies ahead.  As I have observed Mr. Trump he reminds me of a child who has always gotten everything he wanted and had things his own way.  He cannot stand to be challenged or corrected.  If he has either one he detours around the issue and never makes a decision.

What little I have read of his life there seems to be a desire to please his father.  Even at 70 years of age that is still a real part of his make up.  I don’t think that is particularly unusual.  I think most of us think of our parents in some way even as we get older.  As we make decisions we hope it would please them and they would be proud of us.  But we still have our own identities.

There seems to be no plan or direction for this President except to repeal what previous presidents have done.  It will be interesting to watch Congress.  I have a sense the Republicans are pleased Trump got them into the White House in such overwhelming numbers, but now will limit the powers of the president as they see fit. 

The Republican Congress is like a bunch of kids in a candy store and the repealing of the Affordable Care Act is being touted simply because they can do it.  The terrible split between the political parties in Washington, D.C., has caused such rancor. It is like two gangs on the Southside of Chicago fighting it out and taking each other’s “turf.” The rest of the country becomes collateral damage.

I don’t say but what history is rife with these moments.  My brother was reading an American historian recently who said the political atmosphere these days is very like the Reconstruction period after the Civil War and the terrible retribution that was leveled on the South.  Some say it took the South a hundred years to recover from that time period.

Life is never easy and unfortunately our incoming government is rife with plans to make it even worse.  When you think of the issues facing the country it really is staggering:  the rate of hate crimes have gone much higher in the past few months, there are thousands of women marching to Washington this week to reiterate the vital place of women in our world, Hispanics have no idea where they stand when it comes to this government and what will happen in the months ahead, many immigrant groups who came here, as did the Pilgrims and Puritans, looking for a place of refuge are faced with great uncertainty, the racial divide seems to grow, the voiceless Americans who have no one to speak for them are trembling on the brink of greater poverty, illness, and hopelessness, and the benefits for our senior citizens are always tenuous at best.

 An article in the New York Times this morning (January 17) said this: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year and could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, while causing insurance premiums to double over that time.

No, I am not looking forward to the coming days.  As actress Bette Davis said in one of her movies, “Fasten your seat belts everyone.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

Avis Anderson lives in Glendive. Her online blog can be found at www.prairienewdays.com.

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