Praying for a president to fail is the same as praying for the country to fail because the president sets our national direction. It's very much like cheering for the captain of a ship to run his vessel into an iceberg, but the last time I checked we were in America and not aboard the Titanic. Unfortunately for us all, America is stubbornly charging forward on a certain path of destruction despite warnings to the contrary, much as the Titanic raced at full speed into tragedy despite warnings against doing so.
America's headlong rush toward its own obliteration gained traction during the presidency of Barack Obama. Like many Americans, I agreed with him on some things, but I disagreed with him on more. Even though I did not approve of the bulk of his actions, I saw him as our president. Conversely, members of the Right protested against him, stated that he was not their president, called him a Muslim, alleged that he was anti-American and a traitor (among other slanderous things), and they called for his ouster even before he assumed the presidency, then they prayed for him to fail once he became president. The negativity toward the Obama presidency continued until Obama was replaced by President Trump, at which point the existing animus met its converse. The animosity those on the Right had toward Obama was replaced by similar animosity toward Trump from those on the Left. Whether it is the Right against Obama or the Left against Trump, the above actions reflect the counterproductive madness that plagues our fractured nation.
Members of the Left stated, "Obama is our president. We must support him," but they now oppose Trump at every opportunity with a level of vitriol that greatly eclipses the sheer hatred they previously expressed against former President George W. Bush. Conversely, members of the Right now state, "Trump is our president. We must support him," while forgetting that being president was not enough for them to support Obama. Neither side has learned that no long-term advancement of America is possible without a common ground, meaning that every time control of the White House changes Parties, there will likely be a complete reversal of the efforts of the previous administration.
Unfortunately, the Parties remain polar opposites, so the issue of "spinning our wheels" at the Federal level will probably continue to paralyze our nation in ways that eclipse the stagnation that existed due to the sour relationship between Obama and Congress. The lack of a "middle ground" of sociopolitical thought in the United States means we remain a land of "THEIR WAY" and "OUR WAY," but not an overall American Way because there is no general consensus as to which direction this nation should take.
I believe America and its leaders must adopt more flexible stances on critical issues if any lasting change for the better is to be achievable. We must re-learn when our nation needs to stay on course and when it needs to veer away, and that lesson needs to be understood in short order. Remember, failure to make timely adjustments does not make for any lasting nation, but it certainly made a fine wreck of the Titanic.
-Written by Keith Viverette, Sr.
-Edited by B. E. Morgan.
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