By Ron Persaud
By any measure there have been good, bad and indifferent Presidents; and although I am no student of any kind of History, I feel that each President was right for the prevailing times.
How would I explain two terms of George W. Bush?
The American People were asked to choose between two persons holding equally stellar ‘Resume of Qualifications’. The American People put the matter into the hands of an “HR Dept.” of sorts, the Supreme Court. That was my story and I am still sticking to it.
At the beginning of this election cycle I firmly believed that neither Jeb Bush nor Hillary Clinton would occupy the White House because The American People abhor a (Royal) succession as suggested by the former; and a family dynasty as indicated by the latter. After the Democratic and Republican Conventions I was relieved that I was only half-right.
Anyone, it seemed to me, would be better than Donald J. Trump!
When he was elected President, I had to ask myself, “Is this really the choice of The American People?
Here is how I console myself.
The American People have seldom elected the same Political Party to three consecutive terms. Hillary R. Clinton could be denied office solely on this apparently time-tested tenet.
The American People elected William J. Clinton twice; but in his second term he was unsuccessfully impeached. Did The American People have second thoughts about his morality? Or was the impeachment the result of malice aforethought by his enemies? I believe that it was the latter; and lack of evidence or will – resulted in his acquittal. The American People remember the 42nd. President kindly because of fiscal and economic successes; and pushed his untrustworthiness (Slick Willie) out of sight but not out of mind.
After the Bush / Gore fiasco was sorted out, George W. Bush was elected; and I was glad that he (not Gore) was in Office when 9/11 struck. I suspect that The American People would agree with me. The wars that resulted were bad enough. When The American People found out that the launch platform was based on the unsettling foundation of misinformation they were furious.
Tired of war, The American People killed two birds with one stone. It elected Barack H. Obama, its first Black President – and a man of peace. It seems that from Day One, he was confronted by an “Obstructionist” movement; and in the face of this he decided to expend all his political into the ACA. Some attempts at this Legislation had been advanced – and rebuffed – for the previous hundred years; or so it seems.
The burning question persists; does The American People really want and / or need Health Care? Or was it a case of Big Business opposing it?
I have characterized the past 16 years or so as a quagmire in which The American People have been marking time and getting bone-tired of it. So this time The American People threw their collective hands up in the air and decided to elect a complete outsider; and gave his party the White House, the House of Representatives and Senate.
My father used to say that a sword could cut off a man’s head; or make him a knight.
The powers-that-be can squander this political capital by pursuing positive goals like cooperation, or negative goals like obstructionism. They can install a Supreme Court Justice who is aligned to partisan perspectives; or by revisiting the Constitutional role and function of the Supreme Court and then appointing a jurist best qualified for the position.
They can certainly repeal “Obamacare”; or dissect the Affordable Care Act, excise the tumors, transplant healthy tissue and give renewed vigor to an ailing organism.
In short, The American People have given the politicians a unique and precious opportunity to redeem themselves.
They have two years to ‘Produce or Perish’.