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EDITOR’S COLUMN: Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned — Are Trump and Congress Following Suit?

The latest example of dysfunctional political service appears equally spread among both Democrats and Republicans — a disheartening example of America’s three branches of government at its worst.

Much to our dismay, what we continue to see coming out of the several branches have all the makings of a very good — or a very bad soap opera — a sordid combination of “Dynasty,” “Empire” and “One Life to Live.”

But this is not Never, Never Land where the next scene can, with one swoop, completely override, erase and negate the miscues and foibles made by our characters whether in recent past or from the annals of ancient history. In the real world, our words, our actions and even more, our failure to step up to the plate when we know that we should, all have consequences — many of them dire ones.

Should we be alarmed as President Trump continues to provide revisionist history as to what really happened between officials from the U.S. and Ukraine and the sidebar that he says must include Joe Biden and Son? Do we have reason to fear that escalating tensions between America and Iran due to male bravado and the failure of effective détente could boil over into another war?

Have we been convinced, as the president says he is, that notions of a pending climate disaster, the threat of starvation for a growing throng of mostly-innocent immigrants denied access to the U.S. or the prognostications of economists who see an Administration laying breadcrumbs toward a recession, all nothing more than “fake news?”

Black Americans should know better. Even with Congressman John Lewis’ last-minute “tally-ho” riding upon the back of his proverbial “white horse” while shouting “Impeach,” it comes a tad too late for our tastes, given the damage that’s already been done — backroom dealings that may remain hidden for generations before coming to light. Still, better late than never, right?

By the way, why is the color of the horse ridden by the good guy always white? Or is that just the only version that the public has been allowed to read or see?

There’s no time like the present for Mitch, Nancy, Donald and the rest of the folks on the Hill to honor the oaths to which they’ve sworn. That means serving everyone — not just constituencies living in swanky suburban cul-de-sacs or high-rent, high rise urban cutaways.

In a parody of the American political system, “Head of State,” comedian Chris Rock squares off against his more conservative, white opponent — the sitting vice president — who favors the slogan, “God Bless America and No One Else.”

Amazing how fiction often bears such haunting similarities to fact.

Still, all is not lost. D.C. may not be a state — at least not yet — but we are a proud people and come from proud ancestors. As citizens of America, we have the right to vote, to write letters, to protest, to picket, to strike, to boycott . . . the list goes on. It’s time to put on our walking shoes!

Then maybe we can say, “God Bless America and Everyone Else.”

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D. Kevin McNeir – Senior Editor

Award-winning journalist and 21-year Black Press veteran, book editor, voice-over specialist and college instructor (Philosophy, Religion, Journalism). Before joining us, he led the Miami Times to recognition as NNPA Publication of the Year.

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