EDITOR’S COLUMN: Dear Mr. President, Everyday People Need the Whole Truth

President Donald Trump gives the State of the Union address from the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 30.
President Donald Trump gives the State of the Union address from the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 30.

As I continue to listen to the president boast time and time again about America’s surging economy and the profits being made due to rising numbers in the stock market, I have to wonder why he recently decided to be so quiet after the big crash of the market.

Not only did we witness an enormous drop in the stock market, close to 1,800 points, but now it looks like the Fed may seek to bring greater balance to a highly-volatile market by raising interest rates. That’s not what folks like me want to hear when we’re still purchasing home, buying cars, using credit cards, paying off student loans and seeking more ways to live the so-called “American dream.”

By the way Mr. Trump, I’m a little bothered, actually quite bothered, that you seem to be more concerned about stock market profits than higher wages. I don’t know many people who dabble in the stocks and trades. I don’t know many people who track the numbers from the New York Stock Exchange before reading the morning paper or enjoying their first cup of coffee. I don’t know many folks who have the kinds of financial portfolios that allow them to take risks with thousands of dollars.

No, the folks with whom I am most acquainted go to work each day, work hard for their money and just want to be treated fairly and equally and have the same kinds of opportunities that our president and his buddies have enjoyed for decades.

I cannot say I ever supported Donald Trump. Nope!! Not at all. But it sure would be nice if our president could tell people like me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

I am, as Sister Fannie Lou Hamer once said, “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

I’m not sure, exactly, what our president really means when he refers to certain reports as “fake news.” But I have a hunch that when he gives us only part of the story in order to benefit the plans and goals of he and his supporters, then what we’re getting is just a WASP version of “fake news.”

Some may recall that childhood singsong phrase, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

Well, when I read the papers, surf the internet and watch national TV broadcasts, I sometimes want to shout accusations of “liar, liar” so loud that my voice could be heard from Connecticut to California.

I just want someone, anyone, to begin telling the truth. And yes, by the way, telling the truth is still a great way for a person to “set themselves free.”

Just a thought.


About D. Kevin McNeir – Washington Informer Editor 267 Articles

Kevin, an award-winning veteran journalist, book editor and educator, is the editor for The Washington Informer where he displays a keen insight for political news, editorial development and lifestyle features. A staunch Wolverine, the Detroit native left a promising career at IBM to pursue his passion for writing under the tutelage of the late Sam Logan, founding publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. His journey has continued to press rooms in Grand Rapids, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and currently Washington, D.C. With two master's degrees from Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he finds great joy in his children and grandchildren and is completing his first book, "Growing up Motown" which chronicles his childhood memories with legends like Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, the Four Tops, the Miracles, Gladys Knight, Berry Gordy and the Jackson Five.

1 Comment

  1. I agree, Mr. McNair. It seems that there’s only smokes, mirrors and screens with the speech of this president. While it is beneficial for a president to speak on their accomplishments and achievements in their SOTU address, we have repeatedly witness, that the talk of this president does not match their actions. Speaks of unity and bringing the parties together, but usually implements actions that divides the party (or favors one over the other), constant digs at the previous administration. Even though they have different ideas, why continue to denounce the accomplishments another has made. You can respectfully disagree, but he belittles them. He feels that the economy is their administration’s doing alone, but the rise of the economy is from the previous administration, it is only continuing under his administration. Called the non applause of the Democrats treasonous (which a member of his own party rebuked). In conclusion, it seems like this president is only out for attention, recognition, and success within his own circle and not truly for the American people like his party so call claims.

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