2016 Election: “The Contest Touches Everything And Leaves Nothing As It Found It.”
As we were wandering through the museum, I happened to come upon a quote that began me thinking about this years Presidential election.
The quote was on a wall, in a corner and could have easily been missed when walking about the museum.
A simple quote written, one hundred and forty-nine years ago this month, in the New York Times, October 1867.
The contest touches everything and leaves nothing as it found it. Great rights, great interests, great systems of habit and thought disappear during its progress. It leaves us a different people in everything.
Watching Morning Joe on Monday, I heard Nicolle Wallace and Joe Scarborough lament that:
Donald Trump has re-defined conservatism, re-defined the Republican Party.
I say he has re-defined America.
I’m not a big fan of Glenn Beck but on Meet the Press on Sunday, he said something I agree with and totally applaud:
We are so busy fighting with each other that we are in danger of losing more than our jobs or even our country. We are losing each other and even our families. How many of us can’t even talk with our parents, brothers, sisters or in-laws?
Trump and his candidacy of anti “Political Correctness” has destroyed a common sense of morality, a common respect for the individual and the plain everyday value of just being courteous to one another.
He rails against President Obama for what he calls “apologizing” for our Country yet turns around and belittles, malign and berates the system he wishes to “serve” as President.
His gaming the system by using tax laws to save money he calls “smart” while the middle class bares the brunt of that system.
How much body armor for our military could his almost a billion dollar loss buy for our soldiers, which he says he champions?
How much of that loss could have helped in VA medical care, not to mention education, homeland security and general relief?
Trump shows us almost daily how he’s changing the very core, the very fabric of this great nation.
He’s tapping into the dark side of human nature, the “bully” part of power, the selfishness of the I.
Donald Trump has re-defined America.
“Great rights, great interests, great systems of habit and thought” are disappearing because of his candidacy and will leave us a “different people in everything.”