Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories and opinion columns from various conservative writers complaining about the “obstruction” in Congress by Democrats, long screeds about the inability of the President to get anything done because of the distraction of the special prosecutor’s investigation, and following hearings in the House. More recently, a number of the same writers touting the “exoneration” of the President by the investigation, and bemoaning the “death of democracy.” Leaving aside that the report did not exonerate President Trump, which was very clearly stated by the special prosecutor, the other complaints just show me that conservatives have absolutely no memory.
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Over the years, I’ve had a number of bosses, both good and bad, as well as a lot of time being the boss. Anyone who has listened to President Trump over the past few years has seen the chaos in his administration. From just an overview in the recent Mueller report, it’s apparent that the White House is more like a version of some fictional royal courts, with courtiers vying to see who can gain influence, or avoid falling afoul of Trump’s displeasure. He mirrors the traits of the worst bosses I’ve had, with none of the traits of my good bosses. What’s apparent to me is that Trump never learned the lessons I did along the way. Like what?
There was a recent report by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation that only 40% of Americans could pass a citizenship test. That’s the test we give to all people who are applying for citizenship, but not to those who were born here. That’s actually a slight improvement from previous results. I wish I could say I was surprised by that, but I’m not. In various internet forums and in person, I’ve run into a sizable number of people who have little clue about how government works and the history of this country. That would be disturbing enough in and of itself, but what is truly terrifying is the number of people who should know better, up to and including the President, who don’t.
We are now in a record government shutdown, and it looks like it will continue for a while. The reason? A “wall” which objectively is unnecessary, a President who boxed himself in, and a Senate Majority Leader too spineless to put budget bills to a vote, because he doesn’t want to override a veto. The news is full of the problems federal workers face either being out of work with no pay, or worse, having to work without pay. The national media focuses on the easily available stories in Washington and other large cities, but it’s national in scope. But that’s not the only bad news.
One of the things about growing up in upstate New York is that you get to know a lot of Revolutionary War history, in particular the earliest battles of the war. New York’s nickname, “the Empire State” is because at that time, it held “the keys to the empire.” This makes sense if you realize that in the 18’th century, moving troops and supplies was a laborious task. Roads were poor or non-existent, so progress overland was time-consuming and difficult. To move heavy materials, troops, and other supplies quickly? The quickest way was by water. Look at a map of New York, and you have Lake Champlain and the Hudson River running North-South. From Albany, you have the Mohawk River running East-West. On the northern end of the state, you have the Saint Lawrence river, leading into Lake Ontario. If you were the British, and wanted to split the colonies, those routes were the key to splitting and breaking the Revolution.