Peter Cavanaugh

He’s looking for representatives who will ‘move this country forward’

Supporters cheer President Donald Trump at a “Make America Great Again” rally at a fairground auditorium in Tampa, Fla., on July 31, 2018. Between promoting healthy job numbers and the low unemployment rate, Trump spent a significant amount of time riling up the crowd by drawing a firm divide between the people who support him and everyone else.
Supporters cheer President Donald Trump at a “Make America Great Again” rally at a fairground auditorium in Tampa, Fla., on July 31, 2018. Between promoting healthy job numbers and the low unemployment rate, Trump spent a significant amount of time riling up the crowd by drawing a firm divide between the people who support him and everyone else. The New York Times

Look out, lemmings. We are on the edge of an election cliff.

Any talk of political polarization absent judgment is hopelessly flawed.

The word “polarization” suggests the divergence of political thought to ideological extremes. Resistance to personified evil seems morally centered. It is heroic. Evil embraced, in whatever way rewarded, remains demonic.

Even the most ardent supporters of President Donald Trump must acknowledge to themselves such acceptance is sinful. Gaining the whole world at the expense of one’s soul has been biblically condemned for thousands of years. Good and bad are moral opposites. Common sense separates right from wrong.

In a single week’s time, “Breaking News” sweeps from a petulant Saudi clown prince turning his Istanbul consulate into a chop shop, to more than a dozen van-assembled, faulty (Thank God) pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats, to the hateful slaughter of random innocents in a Pittsburgh house of worship. Each dawn brings more darkness. Paraphrasing Pink Floyd, is there any wonder we are becoming uncomfortably numb?

It’s wondrous in a sinister way – immaculately impure.

Consider the length and breadth of this calamity.

A third of our nation has thoughtlessly surrendered to the primal allure of a self-proven psychopath. His lies are as countless as his flaws.

He shapes it all with sands of shifting belief. There is no contradiction to consistent confusion. The only constant is zero sum delivery – a singular exception being restraint on personal and corporate greed. It’s a bulimic binge at the trough. Watch your shoes.

There is no trillion-dollar federal investment planned for repair and restoration of our rapidly deteriorating infrastructure. Will you be in back of the last car to safely cross that bridge ahead?

Overseas companies are not rushing to return to these shores. Even Harley-Davidson is heading for Europe due to arbitrary Trump tariffs that have added $2,200 in costs per motorcycle exported from the United States.

American prestige abroad has plummeted.

We’ve now endured almost two years of the Trump administration, accompanied by Republican control of both House and Senate.

After failing to repair and replace the Affordable Care Act, a prime feature being protection from prior condition discrimination, many Republican candidates have suddenly found themselves supporting with enthusiasm what they repeatedly voted against more than 70 times.

A $2 trillion Republican tax cut for the wealthiest has resulted in a trillion-dollar deficit predicted for the next federal budget despite a healthy economy. What can be done? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has it all figured out.

The day after the Treasury Department announced that this year’s budget deficit of $770 billion represents a 77 percent increase since McConnell became majority leader in 2015, Mitch, friend of the rich, proclaimed we need to slash the real “drivers of debt” – such “entitlements” as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. You know – government money wasted on the poorest, sickest and oldest of us.

What happened to separation of church and state? Why behave like Christians?

Eileen and I spent part of my early radio career in Des Moines. It was my debut as a program director. We had our first child there. The Hawkeye State is traditionally conservative.

The multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning Des Moines Register, founded in 1849 and distributed throughout Iowa, has just announced it is endorsing Democrats for Congress in every congressional district it serves. In a unanimous opinion by its editorial board, the newspaper writes, “Nothing short of a change in party leadership will move this country forward.”

I completely agree.

“Forward” in these mountain hills is named Jessica Morse.

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