Retired Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said there were 35 senators who would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if the voting was kept secret.

So at least 35 senators think that their reelection is more important than abiding by their oath of office. Trump feels that way as evidenced by his call to the Ukraine, et al. Many Democrats feel the same way. How can this be? That’s not what our teachers taught us. Who’s responsible?

The short answer is that we are. We voted those people into office. We continue to vote them in. We continue to do the same dysfunctional things we’ve been doing for the last 1,500 years. I’m guessing we’ve done that from the beginning but I’ve only studied the last 1,500 years. We’ve been and are being self-destructive. We continue to vote for the same types to lead our country when they continue to work against our best interests.

The 1% continue to rig the game for their benefit and we continue to let them. The 1% created money to represent wealth. The only real wealth is natural resources. In today’s world data-information also qualify. They take these resources, pay a little something for it unless they can steal it, pay slave wages to extract it (Facebook pays nothing), sell it, and then transfer that wealth to themselves away from the locality.

That’s the way they’ve always conducted themselves and we allow it. The Walton family (Walmart) increase their wealth by about $100 million a day. That’s your money going out of town away from where it could benefit us and into their bank accounts.

What can be done? Two come immediately to mind. We could change. We spend our adolescent lives trying to be “in-crowd.” That morphs into over-valuing money (power). Our quest for becoming more powerful results in losing our sense of right and wrong.

Nothing matters but what’s good for individual well-being, not the common good. We become bullies, spread lies, cheat in business, etc., and sell influence like Hunter Biden (although it’s corrupt it’s legal). The most common attribute of all governments is corruption, and we allow it.

Another thing we could do, although this would take lots of political work, is take the money out of elections. Virtually no one but the very rich (the 1%) can run. If a limit (such as $10 million) were put on the amount of money anyone could spend campaigning, then more people could run.

Maybe we’d get leadership with different values like adhering to their oath of office and then abiding by the Constitution.

Corporate America and the rest of the 1% voted for this president because it was good for them (e.g. tax reform). Middle America voted for him because they think he represents them, even though he obviously doesn’t. Religious leaders promoted the president because he’s such a big supporter of Christianity.

Religion probably could be a good thing if it wasn’t for the people who represent religion. Should we really seek guidance in our spiritual development (and politics?) from people who sexually abuse children; from people who continue to support racism and/or sexism; people who prefer money and power over the common good?

A female 16-year-old understands the criticality of one of our most pressing issues and has dedicated herself to trying to fix it. Our response is to elect and continue to support a man who not only could care less but does what he can to accelerate the effects. Shame on us.

Jim Guy

Oldtown

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