OPINION: Red, White . . . Still so Blue
By Lyn May
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
This wonderful American eagle's expression perfectly represents my mood these days. At this writing, President Trump has just had his first face-to-face meeting with Russia's President Putin and, according to some of America's media, our president "got played" by Putin. But how can we put this in any real context given we live on constantly shifting ground? And despite the fact that most Americans believe something is not right in our President's relationship with and attitude toward Russia, a lot of Americans aren't all that concerned. In fact, some believe Russia is our friend even though the official American position - believe it or not - is that Russia remains a clear adversary bent on undermining our democracy. I know. It seems paranoid, doesn't it? It's not.
While the truth is increasingly MIA in some parts of government, here and elsewhere, and in some parts of media, one thing is certain - reality can't be fudged, and it may not be until the waves are lapping at our toes, Russia is the world's supreme leader, commerce and profit are America's highest values, not human rights or equity, and we are living life with little or no health care, a wholly untrustworthy media, bad air and water and a frighteningly uncertain future.
This beautiful eagle was once endangered. Now it is the country it represents that is in peril.