To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, November 29, 2020

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The Real National Emergency

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BY SHARON MARTIN

If you were paying attention in 2016, you heard the stories. Contractors who worked for the president’s firms were cheated. It was common practice for his company to accept a bid, have the contractor do the work, then tell the contractor he would be paid less than the agreed-upon amount. Some contractors had to file for bankruptcy because of his dirty tricks.

I know that the president’s supporters will have excuses. The contractors didn’t do the job right. They took too long. If it were a one-of, you might be right, but according to published reports, it happened to contractor after contractor.

He cheated migrant workers at his resorts. That case went to court. He lost. There’s nothing left to argue there, friends.

Why is this important now?

He didn’t care about his contractors and his employees then, except, perhaps, for the ones on whom his schemes depended. Even those, if they talked, he has denied knowing or has thrown under the bus.

Guess what! He doesn’t care for government employees now. He doesn’t care that people who live paycheck to paycheck are hurting so he can make a statement. He doesn’t care for anyone but Donald Trump.

These are dangerous times. He wants that wall for his own ego, a wall that won’t stop anyone from asking for asylum. It won’t stop a determined terrorist, either.

He’s not above pulling a dictator’s stunt and declaring a national emergency when there isn’t one.

He doesn’t care for democracy. He doesn’t care for people with less power than he has. He doesn’t care what damage he is causing.

He just doesn’t care.

If you’re still on board his bus, either you don’t care or you aren’t paying attention. Either way, you’re part of the problem.

There’s a chance an egomaniacal dictator can upend more than 200 years of progress. The generals couldn’t stop him. The Senate won’t. Who will?

Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer. Her latest book, Not A Prodigal, is available through Barnes and Noble. Her recent children’s book, Froggy Bottom Blues, can be purchased in hardcover or paperback from Doodle and Peck Publishingand in paperback from Amazon.