A wise man once wrote: “My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.” Americans believe in hope. That’s why when a young politician promises “hope and change,” we want to believe. We believed that 30-40 million uninsured Americans could get health care coverage and we could all keep our same doctors, health plans and save $2,500. It wasn’t until the president’s own adviser Jonathan Gruber said “Americans were stupid to believe that,” that we questioned. We believed if $1 trillion were spent on “shovel ready jobs” our economy would grow, where did the money go? Why are 50 million Americans on food stamps. On Jan. 20, 2015 President Obama stated “Middle class Americans are better off now than ever before.” In March 2015 Joe Biden said “The middle class is worse off than before the Great Depression.” We wanted to believe ISIL was a ‘JV’ team and Yemen was a Middle East success story on democracy. I just returned from overseas where people are more concerned with the possibility of nuclear war than global warming.
Finally, we have a serious presidential contender who is accused of taking bribes. This person had been subpoenaed to turn over documents, but instead wiped the computer clean. Is this obstruction of justice? These actions would send the average American to jail.
Have we, as a people, given up on common sense and discernment?
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