Oh America, Where Did We Go Wrong? – (We Have a Narcissist Cry Baby For a Leader)

There was a time not long ago when the leaders of our proud nation worried more about important matters of state than what other said about them. Tackling issues of national defense, financial crisis, employment, and trade were more important than denouncing the press or politicians who disagree with your opinions and ideologies. That all changed on January 20, 2017.

We are now facing the dumbing down of the position that has long been considered “the most powerful person in the world”. The current president of our beloved country finds it more important to attack the media. “Fake News”. He finds it necessary to remind everybody of his “yuge” and “biggly” victory via the Electoral College (the same Electoral College he said should be done away with). He continues to make false claims about a popular vote victory even though it has been shown he lost the popular vote by almost three million votes, with almost another 3 million votes going to independent candidates.

However, it wasn’t until recently that his true narcissistic nature was shown. He recently gave the commencement speech at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Our esteemed leader chose to use this moment not so much to congratulate the cadets on their accomplishments, but rather to cry out about the treatment he has received since becoming president. He ranted about how no president in the history of our country has been treated as badly as he has. Nevermind the fact that he is a narcissist, self-indulgent to a fault. His statement simply didn’t ring true. For all his braggadocio, he has claimed to be supremely intelligent, he fails to understand that history simply proves his statement false.

His predecessor, President Obama, was treated rather poorly during his eight years. The legitimacy of his educational achievements was called into question. For six years he had a Congress that not only opposed his every move, it blatantly obstructed them. Worst of all, he had his citizenship called into question by none other than our current leader. It would seem that President Obama may quite well have endured worse treatment than our current leader could possibly have received in less than six months in office.

Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln, two of our most respected presidents, most definitely received worse treatment than our current leader. One protected the nation from the threat of war with the USSR. The other saved a nation from collapse and emancipated a race of people. Yet, both were rewarded for their service in a manner not befitting their service to our nation. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Lincoln was assassinated while attending a performance at Ford’s Theater. These two fine men of character, morals, and dignity were killed in cold blood. This seems to clearly be worse than any treatment our current president could have received.

So now I ask our “esteemed” leader one very simple question. Is it possible that perhaps in all your narcissistic, ego-maniacal, selfishness that you may be exaggerating just a bit? Enough of your whining. Enough attacking the press. Enough of not leading the nation that elected you to do just that. Put on your big boy pants. Understand that not everyone is going to like you (as was shown by the results of the popular vote). Work for the greatness that this nation has always had, not the greatness you think we have lost. Get your House in order. This isn’t a game, not a round of golf. It is a country that will not be a destroyed by a self-indulgent man such as yourself.

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535 Versus 1

Another week has gone by.  Another week with no resolution to the debt ceiling.  It appears that there is no resolution in sight.  Neither Democrats nor Republicans seem to be able to work together to solve the issue at hand.  The bipartisan loyalty of members of Congress needs to end.  It is high time the elected officials on Capitol Hill remember they were elected to work for the people and not for themselves.

However, it appears that the Republican party is less willing than their counterparts to work to achieve the goal of lowering the national debt.  The “Gang of Six” made a somewhat valiant effort trying to reduce the deficit.  However, talks with the Obama administration stalled.  House Speaker John Boehner walked away from talks causing more distance between the two parties.  This showed once more that the conservatives are less than willing to conduct a meaningful effort to help solve the deficit problem.

Recently Congressman Steve Scalise, while on the floor of the House of Representatives, stated, “President Obama’s irresponsible threat to veto ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ shows that he’s not willing to admit that Washington has a spending problem, and he’s not willing to make the necessary cuts to force the federal government to start living within its means.”  However, President Obama made many efforts to reduce federal spending.  It was only upon the request for new taxes upon the richest people in the country that the Republican party balked and walked out of talks.

This is an absurd statement if ever there were one from a Congressman.  This statement of supreme stupidity comes from a man who votes to raise his own salary on a yearly basis.  Perhaps we as a nation should do something to stop Congress from voting if they get a pay raise.  As of now the Majority Party leader and Minority party leader of the Senate earn $193,400 dollars a year.  In the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House earns $223,500 and the Majority and Minority leaders earn the same as their Senate counterparts.  Rank and file members of Congress earn $174,000.  With the outrageous salaries that these members earn, it is absurd that they can vote to give themselves a pay raise.  Does the administrative assistant at a corporation get to give himself a pay raise?  I think not.  A pay raise should be earned.  Neither the Senate or House have earned a pay raise for quite some time.  Therefore, I would like to see the members of Congress put their paycheck where there mouth is.  Make progress or you will be voted out.  Plain and simple.

Therefore, I put forth the following challenge to the Congress of the United States of America.  Abandon your bipartisan loyalties.  Do what is right for the country and not your pocketbook.  Live up to the campaign promises that you made.  How many times we heard that you got into politics to help the people of this country?  I am not seeing any results.  Perhaps we should lower your pay.  Perhaps we should do away with the pension you are eligible for after 5 years of service.  Really?  Most Americans would love to be able to make the money you make for doing not much at all and still be able to receive a pension after 5 years.  It is high time that the leaders of this country take accountability for their own lack of action.  It is time to quit blaming the President for not working to help resolve the problems of the country.  He is one man.  The last time I checked, the Congress was made up of 535 men and women.  So who is really to blame? Maybe those of you in that big glass house on top of the hill should not throw stones.