We bounce merrily along, ignoring the fact that what we’ve done in the past has failed to work, even when presented with our latest crises, the terrible “Opioid Epidemic” and the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. Many of our alleged leaders react with nonsense, or fail to react at all, hiding behind the marble columns in DC, doing nothing and hoping no one will notice.
How much worse can Opioids be than the tons of Cocaine that were poured into our inner cities in the eighties to circumvent the Congress and provide funding to the Contras? Were she alive, would cute and perky little Nancy Reagan again be telling us all to “just say no?”
Or is this a different sort of problem, because so many white people are impacted along with poor blacks in the inner-cities, where the war on drugs was an abject failure, turning our streets into free-fire zones while the potential for a real solution, decriminalizing drugs and treating it as a medical rather than a legal problem, continued to be all but ignored. It’s just so much easier albeit more costly, to keep throwing people in jail.
As for North Korea, an armistace was signed in July of 1953. A pause in the fighting, and that’s where it’s been for more than sixty years. Now, suddenly, we’re all supposed to lose sleep because the boy-man Donald Trump has decided to pin Kim Jong-un’s ears to the wall?
Diplomacy was working. At the UN, we finally had both China and Russia in our corner, which might have led to a real solution with Kim and North Korea. It would have taken some time, but we might actually have reached a point where, like China, North Korea could have been included rather than excluded from the economic ties that bind our family of nations.
Instead of taking the opportunity the UN provided, Trump slammed the door shut on a peaceful resolution by pushing Kim to the brink of nuclear war. It’s difficult to determine whose judgment is more flawed, Kim or Donald, who now, apparently, is being mostly advised by military men, whose training leans toward fighting and winning wars, not the fine art of diplomacy.
Trump is also, apparently, influenced by his base, made up largely of white, non-college educated and aging white men, who feel angry for being left behind and seem to only understand someone who is one of their own. Another aging angry white guy, who wants to kick somebody’s ass. I often thought Barack Obama, acted too much like a debate team captain, but hey, threatening nuclear war against a frightened kid with a really bad haircut and nukes is no answer either.
Beyond that, it’s doubtful Donald Trump has the strength or courage to actually kick anyone’s ass. But he puts on a good show for his base. Problem is that this time the show, featuring Trump’s big mouth, could get millions of people killed.
Kim, is like a child holding a roomful of adults hostage with a loaded shotgun. The last thing you should do is enrage the child to the point that he throws a fit and pulls the trigger. Trump can’t seem to understand this. Maybe he doesn’t know there are 300-thousand Americans in South Korea. Perhaps he doesn’t understand that he’s playing with their lives and the lives of more than 50-million South Koreans as well? Maybe it just doesn’t register?
The nation needs to take a collective breath, step back and think, rather then just recoiling in fear at Trump’s next outrageous, insane utterance about Kim or Opioids. We need to ask ourselves what we as a people can actually do to fix these problems and then demand that our leaders get it done.
There are solutions. Federal and state governments can come up with a workable plan to treat drug abuse like the medical problem it is. The money saved from housing people in private jails on non-violent drug charges should more than pay for the effort.
For their part, the Republicans, and I know this will be difficult, but the Republicans must begin impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump. Or they can continue wondering just how unhinged his mind actually is, while they wait for the bombs to fall. If not in North Korea, then somewhere else. If nuclear war is the result and millions are killed, it will be on their heads. The Republican Party.
“Just say no,” doesn’t work. It never did. Many of the problems resulting from that failed policy are still with us. The war on drugs failed miserably. Sending out a potentially demented president to conduct a war of words with a nuclear armed lunatic boy-man, is equally flawed. Real solutions are out there, but our leaders must have the courage to act. Sliding one way and then the other to protect their own selfish best interest as they continue to ignore the real needs and security of the nation is not acceptable.
The childish cry of “Just say no,” doesn’t work. Never did. It’s time to think like adults and come up with some workable solutions.