US President Donald Trump says the impeachment inquiry is a “scam” that is driving his poll numbers higher and he says he sort of thrives on it, but admits it “makes it harder to do my job.” (Oct. 7)
America’s politics is our nation’s cancer. Politics is defined as “the art or science of government” and cancer is defined as “something evil or malignant that spreads destructively.” Considering the political events in the past few years, there are many similarities. Corruption is defined as “dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people.”
Therefore corruption, greed and untruthfulness flow into our political bloodstream causing malignant tumors. The biggest worry about cancer is metastasizing which is defined as “to spread or grow.” This cancer that prevails in the White House will then spread to the Congress. It can then spread to each individual state, and then to each individual municipality and to each citizen.
The framers of the U.S. Constitution knew about political cancer, having lived under a monarchy their entire lives. They built into the Constitution very specific ways to combat and kill political cancer.
Even in a healthy America, a serious malignant tumor might show up in the U.S. political system every so often. In the early 1970s, one notable comparable historic malignancy showed up during the Nixon administration, which the country had to excise from our nation. The Nixon political cancer had metastasized into the Republican Party as most members still supported him. Fortunately, when one damning Watergate recording was released due to a Supreme Court decision, Nixon lost his Republican support in Congress. Knowing he would eventually be impeached by the House and it would be upheld in the Senate, Nixon resigned as president, excising our country’s malignant tumor.
So it would seem that seeking and finding the “truth” was the medicine which cured our political system in 1974. The U.S. Constitution won the day!
That brings us to the present day and Donald Trump. According to polls taken and averaged by FiveThirtyEight, a majority of Americans have disapproved of Trump since March of 2017. His average for approval continuously hovers around his “base” of 40% while 55% disapprove of his behavior. Many people who disapprove believe him to be the worst and most corrupt president that our country has ever seen — far beyond President Nixon.
There has been a great deal of evidence already showing that Trump was willing to accept Russian interference in our 2016 election process. He also obstructed justice numerous times while a special prosecutor gathered that information. The most recent allegations and evidence show he is now trying to obtain help from other countries to benefit his campaign for the upcoming 2020 election. If Nixon was considered a malignant tumor in our country’s political system then Donald Trump is a gigantic malignant tumor which has metastasized throughout this nation.
When it was apparent Nixon had broken the law his approval rating in February 1973 of 65% steadily plummeted to only 24% by July 1974. But it appears that the cancer of Trump has metastasized to potentially include 100 million registered voters who continue to support him. This Trump cancer has also spread to between 85% and 95% of Republicans in the nation who still approve of this man in our Oval Office.
So as the “truth” got rid of the Richard Nixon cancer, will it get rid of Donald Trump? Therein lies the problem in 2019. This specific strain of Trump cancer which has metastasized is “truth-resistant.” The concept of truth no longer exists to many Trump supporters. Even before Trump’s adviser Kelly Ann Conway introduced the term “alternative facts,” the Trump cancer found millions of Americans supporting the thousands of lies Trump has told before and during his time in the White House. Many media outlets agree that Trump has told well over 12,000 lies. The Trump tumor is getting so large it is overtaking our democracy while crushing the principles that unite us.
Cancer in our political system is as deadly as it is in people. Elected officials in Congress need to look deep into their hearts and take their oath to the Constitution seriously. The 18th century creators of the Constitution set up the framework for how to seek the truth. Only the truth will heal this cancerous growth that now threatens the health of our democracy. Everyone needs to drop their political affiliations to see the actual truth in order to excise and eliminate the deadly cancer that now faces our democracy and our nation.
Steve Wikert of Cedar Falls is a retired teacher, a native Iowan and a Vietnam veteran.
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