A three-legged stool is the most stable platform, which is why it’s used when milking cows. The legs of President Trump’s administration are oppression, pandemic and economic collapse. They are crushing us.

When President Barack Obama became the first Black president, he won the Nobel Peace Prize marking a post-racial America. Sadly, this represented a triumph of hope over experience.

Within weeks of his election racists began ripping the bandages off ancient wounds. This led to the election of Donald J. Trump, who announced his campaign with an undiluted racist screed: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re ... sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

He won and continued with more general attacks on the oppressed: “Why do we want all these people from ‘s***hole countries’ coming here?”

Today, we reap the reaction to years of oppression with police attacking people exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government. He responds with, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” mandating that police drive protesters from the White House, allowing him to posture in front of a church he rarely attends with a borrowed Bible that he rarely reads.

The novel coronavirus began in China while Trump negotiated trade deals. Protecting the deals, he refused to acknowledge the looming pandemic. Michael Bowen of Prestige Ameritech, North Richland Hills, Texas, warned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January of the pandemic and that his company could ramp up production of millions of N95 masks per week, as they had done during the 2009 swine flu epidemic.

Worried about the trade negotiations, White House economic adviser Peter Navarro said that “the company was just extremely difficult to work and communicate with.” Robert P. Kadlec of the Department of Health and Human Services dismissed the proposal since China could supply all the masks we needed. Today, after over 135,000 deaths, we still are unable to broadly supply our needs.

The pandemic about which the administration had been warned quickly crushed the American economy. The unemployment rate had steadily been reduced beginning with the Obama administration. In a space of one month, it jumped to nearly 15 percent, the highest since the 1930s. The 2017 tax cuts for the super rich meant that an effective response would increase the deficit to levels unheard of in modern economies.

The president continues to deny the problem claiming the coronavirus “is going to go away without a vaccine.” He opines without data or insight that the U.S. economy will be the best in years. He has rarely, if ever, acknowledged the ongoing oppression, the deaths, the widespread illness, or the joblessness of large parts of the population.

Trump has truly established a very stable stool that crushes the country. Until the three terrifying legs of the stool are acknowledged, we cannot recover. As his niece wrote, his broken emotions will not allow him to do this.

He must be voted from office to allow the healing of the country.

Dan Freeman lives in Galveston.

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(16) comments

Carlos Ponce

Dan Freeman does not surprise us with eloquence. Rather he regurgitates Leftist memes, obfuscations and unsubstantiated accusations - AS USUAL.

Note what Dan omits from Trump's escalator speech "And some, I assume, are good people." No need to wonder why. That would contradict his false narrative.

Did Trump actually say "sh**hole countries"? That came from ONE SOURCE only - Democrat Senator Dick Durbin and his aides. Liberal pundits would suggest the Flakey Senator corroborates Durbin's tale but not really. The Flake who was elected as a Republican was only concerned about Trumps words about him. “The words used by the President, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not ‘tough,’ they were abhorrent and repulsive.” Others in the room including Senate Republicans Tom Cotton and David Perdue said that specific term was not used but all agree everyone in the room used salty language.

But that does not stop Dan Freeman! Prostrating himself before the idol of the Donkey Party one unsubstantiated source is good enough for him![whistling]

Dan ignores the corroborated claim Obama referred to an African nation as a "sh** show". He'll probably claim what Snopes said: "Obama reportedly used the term 'sh** show' in private to refer to the escalating violence in Libya," but not the country itself. [huh] But the Liberal Atlantic says otherwise.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/the-obama-doctrine/471525/

But not to worry, other Liberal forum contributors will give Dan a "thumbs up". [rolleyes] They'll even carry his s*** for him.

Dan's going to be so upset when he hears Trump is re-elected. He might do something drastic - like write another guest diatribe. More bottom of the bird cage filler.

Charles Douglas

We are in the mist of a Caronavirus Pandermic which has caused most of the world to shut down and the author is trying to spin this Op-ed in a way to entice others to believe TRUMP cause it all! It does not surprise me a bit after reading some of these other Op-eds! OBAMA was good as cotton candy though in his opinion, ..won't the Nobel Peace Prize although I never did understand just what he did to earn it! He was not in office long enough to do anything significant! I just never understood what he did to get it. We had the best economy ever in this country until China intentionally set this virus loose on the world, because Trump stood up to them and held them accountable when everybody else was kissing their hindparts! Even now China has SLAVES working in sweatshops making products being sold in this country, and the same people who are tearing down Confederate statues over here, defacing building, and changing names on schools because of SLAVERY are quiet as church mice about what China is doing openly! China is persecuting Christians, and Moslems and imprisoning them, violating their human rights, .but all you hear about it in America is CRICKETS!! SLAVERY, IS SLAVERY!!!! Where is the concern about SLAVERY? Charles Manson had it right years ago. The LEFT is exploiting African-Americans yet again! Hey, my dad once told me another individual could never ride your back unless you kneel down and let them hop on! So when a person takes pleasure in being abused ....I can only love it!

Gary Scoggin

Charles. You left out Abortion.

Charles Douglas

[smile]

David Smith

People have the right to protest

They do not have the right to destroy

And attack others

Bailey Jones

If you want to evaluate the job the Trump administration has done with regard to the COVID pandemic, you only need to look at the statistics. With 1/25th of the world's population we have a quarter of the cases and the deaths. Our mortality rate per capita is among the worst in the world, and our case rate and death rate have not yet begun to head toward zero. 6 months into this crisis we still don't have the testing capability that we need to be able to track and contain the virus. This is, in my view, the greatest failure of the Trump administration.

Carlos Ponce

Statistics: The majority of deaths are in cities and states run by Democrats, Bailey. Failure of the Trump administration? There is a Constitutional limit as to what ANY president can do. Why feign ignorance of how Federal government system works? Why don't you blame those Blue state governors who have more to do with health in their states?

Trump talks with each governor and asks what is needed. What is needed is provided. Hospital ships - they were sent and barely used. Makeshift hospitals - they were built and barely used. Medical personnel - they were sent but Cuomo wants to tax them. PPE provided, ventilators - provided, etc.. What else could TRUMP had done WITHIN THE LAW?

Bailey, you're letting your politics sidetrack your common sense!

Bailey Jones

What else could TRUMP had done WITHIN THE LAW?

Glad you asked. In a nutshell, he could have taken the virus seriously.

He could have not lied that the coronavirus would disappear “when we get into April, in the warmer weather—that has a very negative effect on that, and that type of a virus.”

He could have not lied that “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle—it will disappear.” Or, that it's “going to go away without a vaccine … and we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time.”

He could have not continued to lie for months that the pandemic is “fading away. It’s going to fade away" and that the pandemic is “getting under control.”

He could have not lied that “99% of COVID-19 cases are totally harmless.”

He could have not lied that “We now have the lowest fatality rate in the world.”

He could have not continuously lied about the availability of testing - “we have developed a testing capacity unmatched and unrivaled anywhere in the world, and it’s not even close.”

He could have not lied about the reasons for COVID spreading throughout the population - “Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country.”

He could have not lied about the likelihood of a pandemic - “this was something nobody thought could happen … Nobody would have ever thought a thing like this could have happened.”

He could have not lied about when we should expect a vaccine - “to have vaccines, I think, relatively soon. (March 2)”.

He could have encouraged the use of masks instead of ridiculing it.

He could have not lied that the responsibility for his failure lies with - Obama, Biden, China, the CDC, the WHO, the Democrats, and the media - and put on his big boy pants and provided the same sort of leadership that we've seen in virtually every other first world democracy on the planet.

Carlos Ponce

"He could have not lied that the coronavirus would disappear" - That's what the EXPERTS told him.

"He could have not lied that “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle—it will disappear.” - One day it will.

He could have not continued to lie for months that the pandemic is “fading away. It’s going to fade away" - One day it will

"He could have not lied that “99% of COVID-19 cases are totally harmless.” 99% of those infected are asymptomatic or suffer nothing more than a flu, Bailey.

"He could have not lied that “We now have the lowest fatality rate in the world.” Trump produced those numbers to Chris Wallace.

"He could have not continuously lied about the availability of testing" The experts (here Dr. Fauci) told us we could.

He could have not lied about the reasons for COVID spreading throughout the population - “Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country.” AND THAT'S A FACT, BAILEY!

"He could have not lied about the likelihood of a pandemic" - “this was something nobody thought could happen … Nobody would have ever thought a thing like this could have happened.” Not like this. He had prepared for a flu pandemic and that preparation in September 2019 was helpful.

He could have not lied about when we should expect a vaccine - “to have vaccines, I think, relatively soon. (March 2)”. March 2 there was a vaccine, now we have several. Are you going to volunteer, Bailey? They're paying....

"He could have encouraged the use of masks instead of ridiculing it." FALSE

He could have not lied that the responsibility for his failure lies with - Obama, Biden, China, the CDC, the WHO, the Democrats, and the media - and put on his big boy pants and provided the same sort of leadership that we've seen in virtually every other first world democracy on the planet.

WHO lied to cover up China. Obama used up supplies and did not adequately replace them.

Democrats piled in a lot of Left wing legislation into the relief package having NOTHING to do with the virus.

Sharon Stratman

The ripples from that failure go on and on. There is no rational reason why, with testing and contact tracing similar to that done in other countries, schools couldn't open safely this fall. Instead, vulnerable kids go hungry or face abuse at home, lose critical learning and socialization time, and have to sit in parking lots because they have no internet access at home. This crisis, on top of the crisis faced by health care and essential workers for months now, never had to happen, had there been perfectly reasonable preparation and planning for any global pandemic. We are the richest country in the world, acting like one of the poorest. I hope that's not a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Mike Zeller

Sharon, I think Baileys' post at 9:48(after yours) pretty much sums up our problem with Covid-19.

Don Schlessinger

"We are the richest country in the world." Not for long, wait till Socialists rule America.

Bailey Jones

I'm going to have to disagree with the premise of this letter, that "the legs of President Trump’s administration are oppression, pandemic and economic collapse. They are crushing us."

Trump didn't engineer the pandemic or the subsequent economic collapse - and both are much more likely to crush him than America.

As for oppression - there are a couple of aspects to that. One is the racism. There is no doubt that racists have felt emboldened under his presidency. This is easily proved by looking at the uptick in racial violence and hate crimes since he ran for president and took office - up 23% since 2015. But personally, I don't believe Trump is a racist - at least not overtly. I don't believe he judges people by the color of their skin so much as by how useful they are achieve his primary goal of self-promotion. I believe that Trump is just another sad old privileged white man who was raised on the twin myths of American exceptionalism and the primacy of western civilization. And, like all the other sad old white men in our country, he's unable to accept any information that runs contrary to these myths, and sees those who bring it as anti-American.

But I do believe that he is anti-immigrant and anti-refugee. I base that on the fact that legal immigration has decreased under his presidency, and the fact that we've closed the doors on the world's refugees, accepting only about a quarter of what we did just 4 years ago.

The other aspect of oppression is also based in privileged. American protesters in over 2000 towns and cities have been crying out for justice. Trump's response has been "more law and order". This is because Trump doesn't understand what "justice" is. I doubt seriously that he's ever even paid a parking ticket in his life. For people like Trump, justice is a commodity, not a sacred right. It's something to be bought. If you don't like the justice you've received, just keep throwing lawyers and money at it until you get the justice you think you deserve. It's a much different reality for the rest of America, for whom justice is literally a matter of throwing yourself on the mercy of some court, and living with the consequences, just or not. Trump's answer to cries of "justice" is always more and harsher "law and order". Because order is what people of privilege value most of all. Without "order" there can be no institutions in which to purchase "justice".

Trump is now threatening to send his secretive police into cities run by his political enemies. I guess he believes that "Americans want law and order. They may not say it, they may not be talking about it, but that’s what they want. Some of them don’t even know that’s what they want, but that’s what they want." I suspect that the response of the country - outside of his Trumpster base - will not be the response he's expecting.

Charles Douglas

The President will send people to protect federal property from looters, rioters,lawbrekers who have lost their minds, and who are allowed to run "BUCKWILD" crazy, killing, beating old people up, & stealing by Progressive Leftist overseers who don't give a RIP about nobody but themselves and the ideology of their handlers who put them in positions of power to KEEP minorities in their places of WANT, POVERTY, LACK, and Ghetto Dwelling! All that will ensure that they will vote DEMOCRATIC, if they want to continue collecting welfare and food stamps, and free stuff![beam]

Stuart Crouch

Great comments. One side of the apparent disagreement seems to favor facts, logic and rational thought. The Trumpians, on the other hand, have to rely upon their go-to mechanisms of fear, panic, dispair and anything that rhymes with 'Hillary' or 'hate'. What's remarkable is that they really must believe that someone...anyone, other than those of their own ilk, might actually believe their tired, jaded narrative. Still, they will try; it's their only hope.

Carlos Ponce

Using fear is a two way street, Stuart. Joe Biden saying "Science tells us we only have 9 years left before the damage is irreversible" is using fear tactics, Science doesn't tell us that at all. Back in 1989, the UN told us we only had a decade citing "science". It should be cited as JUNK science. Eco-zealots keep moving that goal post. Those whom you call "Trumpian" are using "facts, logic and rational thought" but you are too quick to dismiss it.

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