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There’s nothing like getting up on a promising new morning, grabbing a cup of your favorite coffee, and browsing the news only to get depressed within minutes. The Drudge Report is now like forgetting to take out that rotten smelling trash last night. I thought well, the latest story from a respected journalist like Peggy Noonan might freshen the air. No, it belongs in the garbage can with the black banana peels. Trump can’t handle a crisis, his “photo op” at the church was stupid, Joe Biden is way ahead, the country is about to lockdown again, thugs are winning…. I’m ready to go back to bed.
Let’s begin with “Trump can’t handle a crisis” – which crisis would that be Peggy? Was it the three-plus years since Trump was sworn in, where a covert, attempted takedown of his election under the Obama-Biden administration that beat the country’s spirit to a pulp, or how about impeachment over a call to the new Ukrainian president? Was it trying to restore, and succeeding, in resurrecting a failing manufacturing sector, creating new employment opportunities for all, regardless of skin color or gender – was that a crisis?
How about the extraordinary feats during a pandemic of pulling together a medical team of experts to direct the unfolding of this new disease, pulling together major industries to create and manufacture massive supply needs, rushing ships converted into hospitals, supporting governors, closing borders when Biden and Pelosi were crying foul – is that the crisis you meant? Did you regularly check both the CDC and the World Health Organization, as I did, both very late in identifying COVID-19 an actual pandemic, even as Italy was quarantining large segments of the population??
How about handling the multiple crises of burning churches, murders of the innocent at the bar in Florida, the workplace in California, the synagogue in Pittsburgh, or the mass shooting at the high school in Florida? Healing the broken-hearted families, supporting law enforcement, changing antiquated laws, all while the weight of the last administration’s scandalizing antics bearing upon his shoulders, and managing to re-negotiate foreign trade deals, stand up to Iran, North Korea, and support our only true ally in the Middle East, Israel?
Is it not the responsibility of a community, the job of local officials, whether it be medical, civil unrest, poverty, lack of education, environmental safety, and protection of people and property? Do you and others in your field, believe leadership and “handling” of crises is the moral obligation of those we elect to all offices, not just the Oval Office?
The Obama-Biden administration created and left more problems than it ever solved, and a repeat of that is not only undesirable, I believe it will leave the unique and precious story of America, including its struggles and perseverance over adversity, and its ultimate protection of the freedom of the individual, in the garbage dump of history like other once prosperous nations, because of those that failed to protect it.
I offer to you Peggy Noonan, and the rest of the “group think” so-called news reporters, journalists, and naysayers, an uplifting piece written by a local pastor named Ronnie McBrayer as fresh food for thought.Published in