In an appropriate twist of irony for the Trump regime, at roughly the same time Trump was tweeting about his successful day the White House Monday and boasting about his healthcare bill being passed, Trumpcare was dying on the table. Two more senators defected on Mitch McConnell’s bill to strip millions of Americans of their health coverage, killing the most recent attempt to revive the Frankenstein patchwork law.
Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced late Monday that they would not support the bill and joined holdouts Susan Collins and Rand Paul. A vote on the bill already had been postponed to allow Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to recover from emergency surgery and return to Capitol Hill. However, without the support of Lee and Moran, McConnell’s Trumpcare fiasco is predicted to garner only 48 votes — not enough for the simple majority the senate is relying on to pass the legislation.
Though Monday’s defeat is another nail in the coffin of Trumpcare, as long as Donald Trump and his republican henchmen continue to dominate Washington politics, the fight is far from over. Already, McConnell and his supporters have made several, albeit short-lived, efforts to force the legislation through the senate. It is almost as if McConnell’s paycheck is dependent on his ability to destroy one piece of Obama-era legislation and he is likely to try again.
Under McConnell’s so-called leadership of the Senate, it appears that the U.S. government has no priorities other than repealing Obamacare. Of course, the Senate’s inability to move beyond its contempt for President Obama is commensurate with the slow moving progress of the Trump regime and its comparable political sentiment.
Every administration since George Washington’s presidency has left a mark on America. In our nation’s succession of representative government, the federal government progresses by building on the foundations established by each predecessor — not by destroying the accomplishments of previous leaders.
Though incoming administrations may not always agree with a former policy, it is unbecoming for the current heads of government to constantly demean and ridicule another group of American leaders. It is almost like the Trump regime and its associates are looking at our country’s recent history as — dare we say it — enemies of the state. They are so vehemently opposed to practically everything established in the past 25 years that Trump and company have become un-American.
America has always been a nation proud of innovation and individuality. It is a place where men and women make their marks with their own ideas. They forge new paths and create successes from nothingness.
With the rise of Trumpism, those values and expectations have evaporated along with national unity and spirit. Pseudo-leaders like Trump and McConnell cannot use their own ideas and positive goals to foster progress because they do not have ideas or goals. They revert to leading by destruction, by taking credit for what others have done, and by using fear to control the public’s perception.
There is nothing American or normal about the manipulative state of politics in Washington, D.C. America has seen good and bad presidents alike. It has witnessed poor choices, inept leaders, and civil war — all in the name of democracy.
What our nation has never witnessed, however, is a government so unskilled and lacking in thought and ideas that it arrives in the capital with no signature direction, agenda, or future. Moreover, Trump has failed to grasp the gravity of Washington’s role in America. The Oval Office is a not an uncensored boardroom from which Trump can issue edicts based on personal preferences.
While Trumpcare is headed for the morgue this morning, its failure leaves Americans in a more precarious situation as Trump begins calling for the repeal of Obama’s health plan with no replacement. Trump and McConnell are creating a healthcare disaster that will have far-reaching and detrimental effects. Without a coherent plan of his own, Trump is proving only that he cannot choose on his own what is best for America because America is not a kingdom of one.