America Was Already Great

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By Frank Taylor

This week, our president was in Los Angeles after visiting the southern border to view prototypes of the proposed multi-billion dollar wall that Mexico has refused to pay for.

While at the border, the president chided Gov. Jerry Brown, indicating that he is doing a ‘terrible job,’ just days before publicly challenging the I.Q. of our distinguished 43rd District Congresswoman, Maxine Waters, who intelligently represents an incredibly diverse district that spans from Inglewood to Harbor City and Lawndale to West Carson.

His visit was partially muted by his unceremonious firing, earlier in the day, of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the announcement that his personal assistant, John McEntee was fired the day before over financial and security issues. These most recent terminations follow closely after the apparent voluntary resignations of Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council, Hope Hicks, White House Communications Director, and Rob Porter, White House Staff Secretary.

Even though the relationship between the president and the secretary of state has been a rocky one, the specific reasons for the firing and the timing has not been made clear. The president suggested that their disagreement on our policy towards North Korea and their differences on the Iran deal contributed to the firing, but many speculate that Tillerson’s reported description of the president as a moron may have contributed to his eventual dismissal.

Also this week, there has been much debate about the president’s abrupt announcement that he will meet with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as the ongoing and increasing pressure the Mueller Investigation is having on the president’s White House staff and the glaring unwillingness of the president to criticize the Russian president.

This week was also highlighted by the less-than-intellectual interview Secretary of Education Betsy Devos demonstrated on ‘60-Minutes’ Sunday night. This strong proponent of charter schools, while criticizing the quality of education at public schools, seemed caught off guard when she admitted that she had not intentionally visited any of the low-performing schools to possibly identify areas of improvement.

Every day there are new revelations related to our president, his policies or his staff that are independently shocking, stunning and possibly politically career-ending. The lingering saga of the president’s reported affair with a porn actress, for example, is a story that has not faded, despite the president’s denials that an affair occurred.

As the nation awaits the outcome of the Pennsylvania legislative race, where a veritable referendum on the president’s leadership is in the offing and may set the stage for many more interim elections later this year, the nation collectively hopes for positive outcomes, despite one’s political bias. America was already great and will continue to be great- whatever the outcome.

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