There are over 512,000 elected officials representing 325 million Americans; from school boards to The White House. Governing is about policy, actions, and the affairs of the people. This requires our elected officials to make decisions on our behalf. A decision is a very important freedom that we have everyday as citizens and elected officials. Usually our decisions are based upon our political values of being a Democrat, Republican or Independent and others. Therefore, as citizens and elected officials the decisions we make become incisions, where we cut off other options. Therefore, our decision which becomes incisions are our personal and public responsibility. We the people are accountable for our elected officials. Despite our difference, we have one country.
A commercial business is a company. Business is the practice of constructing a living by engaging in commerce. It’s a world of deals, trades, merchandising, transactions and negotiations. And the main business aim is to profit; earning a financial gain. No matter what kind of product or service a company may provide its main aim will always be financial gain. There are considered to be over 27 million small businesses in America. American business owners and stakeholders are responsible for their decisions to generate financial profit for themselves. There are millions of companies.
America is a country, not a company.
President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress tried to change 1/5 of the U.S. economy in 17 days through the American Health Care Act and failed to even receive a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the characteristics of our President is his sense of urgency, as he constantly talks about doing things quickly. From a business perspective, it makes sense. Leaders in business are always encouraging their teams to turn ideas into products and services as rapidly as possible.
Urgency works in business, but it does not always transform into success. The President’s experience as a businessman with Trump Steaks, Trump University, Trump Vodka, Trump Suits and a myriad of other products have failed. However, the President only talks about his success.
Governing requires “We the people”, the governed and the governing. American citizens and our elected officials have a responsibility to each other. We visit, call, and write each other about legislation and policies that are being considered. We expect our representatives to vote our values. We hold elected officials accountable at the voting box.
President Trump learned within his first 100 days in office the US Constitution is alive and well. The US Courts have struck down his travel ban. The FBI Director acknowledged that the Trump administration is under investigation for possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign election hacking of Democrats. In Congress, his health care bill didn’t stand a chance.
Though I have never functioned as an elected official I understand the difference between governing and opposition. Over the past 8 years, the GOP has just disapproved, prevented and argued with President Obama. They voted more than 60 times to repeal Obamacare. Trump built his political career on birthism, challenging President Obama’s citizenship. It's been all opposition and no governing. Unprecedented opposition towards the first Black President by a Republican Party that held only 18 black delegates out of 2,472 at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Today, the Republicans are nonetheless talking about cutting taxes, free markets, and state rights, the same way they did with Barry Goldwater and Lee Atwater’s “Southern Strategy.” That's all in opposition to the Civil and Voting Rights Acts which helps blacks. They know that their policies hurt African-Americans the most.
President Nixon's political strategist Kevin Phillips, in a 1970 New York Times article, stated
“From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.”
In 1973, The U.S. Department of Justice sued Trump Management for discriminating against blacks. Fred Trump, was the company’s Chairman and Donald Trump was the President.
You can’t make this up.
Today, our right to vote is under assault by Republicans who are using state legislatures, courts and now the Department of Justice, under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to institute strict voter ID laws and voter suppression tactics allowing Republican led states to alter the electorate and shift outcomes towards white Republicans.
The black votes that we invest together in the '70s, ’80s and ’90s rarely won. Now we’re more effective, evidenced by the Congressional Black Caucus who represents more than 78 million Americans and we have just seen the first black President.
This is another sobering reminder to all of us that America is a country and not a company.