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I went for a walk through my small neighborhood today. I usually cut through Roy’s driveway. I saw he was here. A native of a parish of New Orleans, his “beach house” is his getaway. He’s survived major hurricanes in two states and does his own yard work … with a chain saw. I saw his garage lights on and his American-made SUV in the driveway. As I cut through, eyeballing his love of fruit trees with the Calamondin orange, heavy with fruit of which I’ve plucked many, I spotted his bumper stickers: “Trump 2020. Repeal Obama Care. Liberal Media – Stop Distorting the news.”
It’s hard to catch Roy. Although hard of hearing, he hollered at me a couple years ago, “Hey Linda! I’m not sure if I’ll be around much longer – my legs are giving out.” I could see the effects of diabetes. When I first met Roy on a walk, he offered me a beer and showed me pictures of his open heart surgery on his phone. I said, “yikes, Roy!” He said, “Hey, I’m still tickin’,” with a wry smile.
He always remembers my name. He told me he was an engineer and helped design a major waterway in Texas, that bordered with Mexico. He loves to tinker on his cool sports car in his garage, and yesterday he was standing straight as an arrow with the garage door up – evidence of time in the military, a defiant stance, with lots of gump. He’s pushing 90, but he’s still hopeful for Trump 2020.
In the meantime, I’ve been avoiding the news, waiting for this impeachment nightmare to end. Still, I saw some “brief” headlines. Trump unveils first stages of Middle East Peace Agreement – Trump signs China Trade Deal, Trump points new Human Trafficking Czar with Ivanka announcing it, while the Democrats blur the headlines with impeachment obsession. Just a few major, life-changing accomplishments by the Trump administration going unnoticed once again.
The exploitation of women and children have not escaped this president. It is a huge problem, and quite frankly sick that it still exists in 2020. In addition, his recent stand for religious freedom protected by law also escaped the Mainstream media. People of all faiths crowded the Oval Office.
Oh, and President Trump is working with the world community who has a serious Coronavirus outbreak on its hands…
In the meantime, the Democratic Party presidential nominees are knocking heads in Iowa, their Congressional leadership are knocking heads over their weak impeachment attempt that is destined to fail, and can we ask, have they not moved the country forward on any front, solving problems like homelessness, or job creation, or healthcare, or the war on terror, or mass immigration? Quite honestly, I’m not sure what exactly they are presenting as an incentive to vote Democrat, come November 2020.
With Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, as the latest horse to nose his way to the front of the pack, I wonder what Roy my neighbor is thinking. I’m going to ask him, but I think I know the answer. It will be colorful for sure, he minces no words, and I’ll let you know his response. Here’s to a raucous, challenging, and glorious 2020!