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America is burning; who will put out the fire?

America is burning with anger, fear, mistrust, worry, and a rise in racial hatred

Compton Herald | Roman emperor Nero
Editorial cartoon by Malcolm Thomas

America is in the midst of a constitutional crisis; “We the People” cannot trust our president and Congress to protect us

There is an apocryphal account that in 64 AD the Roman emperor Nero decided to destroy and rebuild Rome to appease his narcissistic idea that was a god.

In his mentally ill state, he sent his spies to set fire to the city. While Rome burned, Nero played his lyre (violin) and sang songs about the fall of Troy. The fire destroyed three of Rome’s 14 districts and killed hundreds of Romans. To quell the outrage and anger of the Roman citizens, Nero lied and deceived the Romans into believing the fire started by a small Jewish sect called Christians.

Nero decided it would be good politics to punish the Christians in public and persecute them verbally, arresting and executing them for a crime they did not commit. To fulfill his lust for bloodshed; he tortured them in the arena.

The political agenda of the time has some unfortunate similarities to our present day “Nero.”

The United States is experiencing a resurgence of backward thinking and a limited cognitive ability to understand the reason, today, the less you know the better. Our current president Donald J. Trump encourages ignorance and relishes it as he once stated: “I love the poorly educated.”

Unlike previous presidents who believed an educated public is best for the country, we are now confronting a White House and Congress that relishes the idea of keeping the public as ignorant as possible and sad to say, it is working.

Former Republican presidents like George H. Bush and Gerald R. Ford supported the United Negro College Fund, which coined the phrase, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® But for those who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, it’s too late — minds already are being wasted.

With the help of the Electoral College, a team of professional liars now occupy the White House and appear by all accounts to be using the office of the presidency to increase their wealth and status in of all places, Russia, and other oligarch-run nations.

The 2016 presidential election made it abundantly clear a broad cross-section of Americans have lost faith in their government. Some did not bother to vote, and some chose to protest by writing in a candidate that didn’t have a snow ball’s chance in hell of winning.

Starting under the Obama administration, the Republican Congressional majority and their right wing hate machine made a conscious decision to assure Obama was a one-time president, subjecting him to every attack they could muster.

In their quest to wipe Obama and his accomplishments from the history books, they decided to conduct a six-year war campaign against the Affordable Care Act. Congress decided the health care of its constituents be damned.

Their aim is to take away health care coverage from 22 million Americans while all of the members of Congress get to keep theirs.

America is burning with anger, fear, mistrust, worry, and a rise in racial hatred, as our modern day Nero and his minions in and out of Congress continue to degrade their oath of office. Congressional paralysis is partially the fault of those who never went to Washington to govern but to tear down and destroy our government and the principles on which it was formed.

What Osama Bin Laden and other outside foreign enemies could not achieve for years, it only took our current Republican Congress and their corrupt White House six months to erode.

America is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. “We the People” cannot trust our president and Congress to protect us. We are seen as an enemy that doesn’t deserve the same rights they have. This is not the America we came to know.

Our current leaders are abnormal when compared to our previous presidents and Congress. Our current administration is looked upon as a crooked, tyrannical house of liars that, left unchecked will plummet our country into utter chaos.

Our 16th president said it best:

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

— President Abraham Lincoln

Kevin G. Thomas is a veteran Los Angeles-area freelance journalist whose editorial runs weekly in the St. Louis Evening Whirl, a 76-year-old publication. Locally, he has written for the Los Angeles Wave and the L.A. Watts Times. He is a former educator with B.A. degrees in theology and marketing.


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