I have always believed in the notion of the Presidency. I always believed that if you could actually make it to the Oval Office, it obviously meant you were smart enough, able enough and cared enough about the American People and the American Idea to be in the office, regardless of if I agreed with your policies or not.
After having 45 people serve in the role over the past 244 years of our country, I have never been more disgusted by what I have seen happen from the Presidency as I have with this President and this administration. 2020 has been a wild year with a lot of tragedy and heartbreak in the United States and around the World. We are currently in the middle of one of the largest pandemics we have ever seen in the modern era and as I write this post today, 210,000 Americans have passed away from the Covid-19 virus that has plagued the world since the beginning of 2020.
This administration has consistently downplayed the virus, downplayed the affects of the virus on the country and its people, and downplayed their role in helping spread the virus. Because of continued reckless behavior, ignoring science and top health officials in the field, and not taking the role of President seriously, this administration is dialect of their responsibility to the American people. Asking the entire country to wear masks, practice social distancing, stay at home and stay out of work, and make serious life changes to "Flatten the Curve" to ensure that virus can be contained but not taking those guidelines seriously yourself or practicing those guidelines is a truly poor show of leadership.
Because of this poor show of leadership, this President tried to push through a Supreme Court Justice Nomination, bringing together a large majority of Republican lawmakers to the Rose Garden to announce the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in a non-socially distanced event where most people weren't wearing masks, were hugging and interacting with each other and socializing.
Because of this event that took place on September 26th, 14 people have tested positive for Covid-19 including President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melanie Trump, Hope Hicks, Kayleigh McEnany, Nichoasl Una, Mike Lee, Whom Tillis, Ron Johnson, Kellyanne Conway, Chad Gilmartin, Karoline Leavitt, Stephen Miller, Bill Stephen, Ronna McDanile and Chris Christie. All of these people have had direct contact with President Trump from the Rose Garden Ceremony to Debate Preparation for the 1st Presidential Debate.
After finding out that there was a high chance of exposure to the virus, this President decided to, again buck orders and advice of health experts, and instead of self-quarantining...to travel to a fundraiser in New Jersey to mingle with supporters (again, with no social distancing and no mask wearing) putting countless American's lives at risk. After returning home, it was announced that Trump had tested Positive for Covid and would be self-quarantining.
Suffering from complications from the virus, Donald Trump was rushed to Walter Reed Hospital where he underwent extremely rare medical therapies that chances are, NO ONE IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD EVER BE ABLE TO GET, administered by Top Health Officials in State of the Art quarters with round the clock coverage. After applying for a compassionate plea (that would take most Americans a year or longer) Trump was approved and within less than 1 day started receiving a group of therapies to treat the virus.
After being treated for 3 days and getting angry with the negative media coverage of how Trump was handling the virus, he decided to get into an SUV to do a drive-by around Walter Reed so that his Supporters and fans could see he was alive and well. Putting more people's lives at risk and then pushing to return to the White House, again putting more lives at risk for the countless secret service, maids, cooks, house staff, advisors, etc that have to tend to such a whining baby's every need.
And if this was not all that bad, it gets worse. The President had the audacity to tweet the following:
Regardless of what side of the political spectrum that you are on, progress has always found a way and social movements always seem to end up pushing through, because the reality is when we are all working together...we are stronger together. When we promote love of each other, we all Win. Hate is vial, Hate is contagious, but the Right Path always wins. So regardless of who wins this Presidency, Regardless of what happens in November...Women's Rights are Human Rights, LGBTQA Rights are Human Rights, African American Rights are Human Rights, Indigenous People's Rights are Human Rights. We all must stand together...to help America realize its more perfect Union.
Hillary Clinton said it best,
"At three o’clock in the morning on Dec. 10, 1948, after nearly two years of drafting and one last long night of debate, the president of the U.N. General Assembly called for a vote on the final text. Forty-eight nations voted in favor; eight abstained; none dissented. And the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. It proclaims a simple, powerful idea: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. And with the declaration, it was made clear that rights are not conferred by government; they are the birthright of all people.
It does not matter what country we live in, who our leaders are or even who we are. Because we are human, we therefore have rights. And because we have rights, governments are bound to protect them. In the 63 years since the declaration was adopted, many nations have made great progress in making human rights a human reality. Step by step, barriers that once prevented people from enjoying the full measure of liberty, the full experience of dignity, and the full benefits of humanity have fallen away. In many places, racist laws have been repealed, legal and social practices that relegated women to second-class status have been abolished, the ability of religious minorities to practice their faith freely has been secured.
In most cases, this progress was not easily won. People fought and organized and campaigned in public squares and private spaces to change not only laws, but hearts and minds. And thanks to that work of generations, for millions of individuals whose lives were once narrowed by injustice, they are now able to live more freely and to participate more fully in the political, economic, and social lives of their communities."
#PROGRESS, #ONWARD, #HUMANRIGHTSAREFOREVERYONE
Slavery -> Civil War, 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 15th Amendment, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Bus De-segregation, Brown v. Board of Education, Freedom Riders, Greensboro 4, 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, March on Washington, BLM.
Women's Rights -> Seneca Falls Convention, Women's Suffrage, Women's Right to Vote, Roe v. Wade, Equal Pay Act, (Paid Family Leave), Title IX, Violence Against Women Act.
LGBQTA -> Stonewall Riots, Matt Shepard, Gay Pride Parades, Repeal of DADT, Lawrence v. Texas, Obergefell v. Hodges.