Former civics teacher dismayed by Republican lawmakers

It is very difficult to believe in Karma (the concept in the Hindu and Buddhist religions that our actions determine our fate) after watching the actions of Republican senators and representatives over the past year. I have watched them confirm cabinet secretaries who are clearly out to destroy their departments. I have watched them make decisions that will ruin the environment. I have watched them try to steal health care from millions of Americans, and I have watched them pass a tax bill that benefits the very richest Americans, and guts health care at the same time.

Perhaps it is their lack of action that is the most disturbing. President Trump has behaved in a manner that runs counter to the laws and values of the country. He has refused to divest himself of his business dealings. He has used the office of the presidency to further his corporate gains. He has refused to respect freedom of speech and the press.

He has made racial slurs, shown contempt for women, made disrespectful comments about other countries, and taunted world leaders, in the process putting us in greater danger of a nuclear war.

Trump repeatedly lies to the American people.

He has only been able to do that because the Republican lawmakers have allowed him. One of the major duties of the legislative branch, as outlined in the Constitution, is to check the executive branch, headed by the president. All these senators and Congress members took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, yet they refuse to do so.

Who are these people, who shirk the responsibility of their office? Who are these people who are willing to disregard the rule of law, ignore our values of freedom, equality, and justice, and refuse to protect the very health and safety of the people in this country? Who are these people who will endanger the future of our children and grandchildren?

I never imagined that there were so many selfish, greedy, irresponsible people in high office. I can only assume that they have sold their souls for power and wealth. And yet, they seem to be thriving. The only way we can ensure that they will reap what they have sown is by being responsible citizens and voting them out of office.

Only then, will I believe in Karma.

Bonnie Fenn Sullivan is a retired civics teacher in the state technical school system. She lives in Waterford.




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