There is a very old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” There is also a portion of scripture which states “you will reap what you sow.”
The presidential election is over, but the effect of the result has just begun. Because of the extremely vile rhetoric involved, the nation is more divided than ever. Family and friends, during the Thanksgiving holidays, were reported to have endured some very strained relationships. A federal judge told newly sworn-in citizens that Trump was the president-elect and if they did not like it, they could find themselves another country.
In the midst of the “mood of the country,” true Americans, Native Americans, are once again being pushed aside and hosed down, as African Americans were in the ‘50s and ‘60s. We have also been asked to give President-elect Trump a chance. We should do that, but where was this show of commitment in 2008 for President Obama? In fact, the Republican elite set out to make the president a one-termer.
President-elect Trump said that he wishes to bring the nation together; however, his first appointments answered the “how” to that question. To God-fearing people, hypocrisy is far worse than any email scandal. Mr. Trump with his cabinet choices seems to be leaning more toward division. He has even chosen an individual that has spent years attempting to destroy the public school system as his head of education.
I am a lifelong Democrat, and have always been able to stand against those things and issues with which I disagree. Anything that is contrary to the word of God, I personally oppose. Yet, I have seen, so-called “Christian conservatives,” turn a blind eye to the racial, sexist and discriminatory rhetoric and behaviors of Trump, for the sake of party loyalty.
In addition to that, it has been proven that our adversary, the Russians, used cyberattacks on our election process. As a result, to my friends in the Rust Belt; the coal mines and steel mills are not coming back, as promised by Trump. Social Security and Medicare, as we know it, is on the chopping block. There is increased racial tension and hate crimes have increased dramatically since the election.
Ironically, Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, but his proposed appointments make it seem as if he is just adding larger alligators. His conflicts of interest are far reaching and his voters of the Rust Belt will soon learn that Trump and Paul Ryan are planning to take away the 50-year-old safety net and replace it with vouchers and privatization, and that no jobs are going to return, no matter what Trump tells them.
Last, but not least, 20 million people will lose their insurance coverage when the Republicans, led by Trump, get their way, and that is a fact.
Much respect for Art Sisneros, a Texas elector, who resigned so Trump wouldn’t receive his vote.
The Rev. James E. Daniels is founder and chairman of the Eagle's Nest Community Organization and lives in Texas City.