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Opinion: We are a nation under duress

By George Geczy
Posted 10/17/19

We, as a country, have gone off the rails since 9/11. The long list of strategic missteps is well known but culminates with the unprecedented, Russian-interfered election of the current president.

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Opinion: We are a nation under duress

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We, as a country, have gone off the rails since 9/11. The long list of strategic missteps is well known but culminates with the unprecedented, Russian-interfered election of the current president.

The quintessential root of our existing divisive state of affairs is Congress. The very heart of our democracy, envisioned for a more tranquil era, has been deadlocked for nearly two decades and cannot deal with current realities.

We have also lost our privileged geopolitical position in a global fracas. We have been involved in the longest war in Afghanistan based on hasty Congressional approval after the atrocity but without agreeing on where our national interests lie in the region. The war shifted from Iraq to Syria as we find out that our involvement in Syria is once again fraught with lack of political foresight, and disagreement.

As a consequence of the key legislative body being inoperative, we already had long-festering domestic and foreign policy problems in 2016, ready to be exploited by the agitative media process and the seductive oratory of our reality TV celebrity president. He is not only out of step with earlier traditions of normalcy, but maintains nefarious, private relationships with foreign autocrats whose intentions toward the United States are questionable while causing open discord within our traditional allies. Most curiously, while acting more and more of an autocrat and obstructionist, he is still enabled by his attorney general to make up his own reality.

Given these realities, a considerable segment of Americans still prefer Trump to Democrats who offer more immigration, open borders and solutions to long-standing minority issues.

It is simply bewildering how thousands of military, U.S. Department of State and intelligence officials now under the control of this president under impeachment inquiries can perform their daily routines, where the ultimate objective is the reelection of the incumbent.

This president has only enhanced divisiveness and created an unbearable national atmosphere. Most discussions turn into shouting matches even at events where customarily a level of collegiality and dignity prevailed. In this atmosphere nothing in pursuit of the common good gets done.

All Americans must understand that with outside help "our country" is being taken apart as a coherent political entity by the president himself, and once the act is completed there is no return. The national interest, which in some respects represents the "national common good," must be hammered out in a democracy, with strong Congressional inputs, in a rarified atmosphere above domestic politics, and cannot be corrupted or subverted. In simple words, there are no "my generals" - and the flag represents the United States of America and not Trump.

It is high time that all Americans "come to the aid of their country" and use the proper constitutional provisions to remove him from office.

George Geczy lives in Taos.

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