The Elephant In The Room
and why people won’t look at it
By Ron Munden © August 19, 2021
A friend and I have respectfully debated politics for several years. He recently sent me an email. He said that Biden had difficulty speaking in full sentences and had failed completely on crime, immigration and the virus.
This is the response I sent to him:
I have thought about your email since the day you sent it.
One thing that we can agree on is that the country is broken.
I have been disappointed in Biden in many ways but I still would take him over Trump any day. At least we don’t have to worry about him trying to overthrow the democratic process in our country.
I too would like to see a STATESMAN enter the stage but I don’t see that ever happening. The Supreme Court ensured that by its rulings. First by allowing unlimited amounts of black money into the political system and ruling that corporations have all the rights of an individual. Those decisions ensured that all politicians will be brought and controlled by special interest groups.
Afghanistan has been a major screw up by Biden, Trump, Obama and George W. Bush. If you have to assign blame, Brush is the most responsible. First, Bush took his eye off Afghanistan and went to war with Iraq. Second Bush authorised mission creep in Afghanistan by promoting nation building. The next three Presidents followed this failed policy.
Military people recommend that we keep a small force of under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan indefinitely. I think this was the right approach. The US recorded no battlefield deaths in Afghanistan in the past 18 months. We have kept troops in other countries for the past 50 years. Why not a few in Afghanistan? Both Trump and Biden rejected that recommendation. By doing what the US did it ensures that Russia and China will increase their influence in that part of the world and the USA will lose its influence.
I agree that Biden has not done a good job on crime and immigration. But in my opinion those are minor problems compared to what will impact changes in the US and the world most in the next 30 years.
The United Nations report on climate change is very sobering. The report states, and other scientists have confirmed, that if we stopped all additional pollution tomorrow, the earth would continue to get warmer for the next 30 years. The earth is estimated to increase in temperature by another .4 degrees C by 2050. Fires, drought, sea rises and storms are all predicted to increase from the present levels.
The Colorado River Authority, for the first time in its history, imposed water restrictions on Nevada and Arizona. Starting in January 2022 there will be a 18% reduction in these two states’ water allotments. Now 80% of the western states are under extreme drought declarations.
Up to now climate change is something we have talked about happening in the future. The future is today. I think climate change will make immigration and the other issues you mentioned look like a small blip on the radar screen.
There are a few off-ramps left from the climate change disaster but I am confident the world will not take them and we will crash into a concrete barrier.
For that reason I have lost most of my concerns about politics in the US because what party is in charge will have no impact on where we are headed. Both parties have demonstrated they have no interest in addressing the biggest problem that faces this nation — it is too hard for politicians. They have to work on getting reelected.
For the first time in my life I am glad I have no grandchildren.
How can we pray to God for help when we are what caused the problem?
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