Post Inauguration Blues – Despair VS Hope

1/20/2017

We live in an interesting time. For the first time in my three score and ten years, I see a world torn between despair and hope, wrenched between hatred and acceptance, divided by wealth and poverty. The United States of America is no longer united. We are now a country openly divided. At this time, no states are threatening to secede from our nation, primarily because the people of the states are divided as well, but who knows what may happen in the future! Some individuals threaten to move to other countries; but the truth is, the world is equally divided and there is nowhere to go that will give us the love and peace we desire. We need to accept and live with what we have chosen but remain vigilant that our rights remain intact.

The Electoral College elected the President of the United States. (The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes was required to elect the President. Each state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for their Senators.) This group of individuals is selected to represent the People and is used as a check and balance issue to insure that the larger states would not control the election. In this election, Trump lost the popular vote of Americans by almost three million votes.

We are torn. Dissention and rioting filled the streets and the airwaves during the inauguration. Women the country over and the world over have marched in protest of the new President and the changes they believe he might bring. Even before the votes were cast, the People were divided. Immigration, abortion, race, fear of those not in your approved circle, climate change, gender inequality and a severe financial divide were but a few problems that faced this country.

A few days later, I fear the divide is growing. An article I recently read stated that scientists, engineers, and computer experts are racing to salvage information kept on government servers. It was stated that the information has been transferred to Europe and Canada where it can be compared to information that the new administration puts on the servers. It appears that those communities distrust the President’s administration and believe that valuable data will be lost and new data will support the new administration’s agenda. Subsequent reports stipulate that a lot of the data has changed. This could be because it is customary for a new administration to present their agenda, but others believe that it is a more subversive motive.

Mr. Trump, before he became President, said he was going to “drain the swamp” in Washington. Now President Trump has appointed more billionaires to government positions than ever before. The women he wants appointed as Secretary of Education is a billionaire with no experience in education. She owns businesses that profit by collecting debts from students in default of college loans. She gives freely to causes that attempt to put education in the hands of church run schools and for profit agencies. During her confirmation hearings, she answered questions submitted to her that showed she had little understanding of legal and moral issues facing education today. I was truly distressed when I discovered that her family had donated freely to many of the Senators that will vote on her appointment. I was equally shocked to learn that her brother founded Blackwater.

She isn’t the only appointee that worries me. Putting a former Goldman Sacks executive in as Secretary of the Treasury is an interesting choice. Banks bankrupted this country a few years back and now will be determining government policy pertaining to out financial institutions. I could go on with other appointees, but I think you see where I’m going…

But, let’s look at the other side of the coin. America, and it seems many other countries, are fed up with the status quo. Our governments are being challenged. People are concerned that the governments are not listening. The People are making drastic choices and voting in politicians and policies because any change is considered better than maintaining a failed system. It is time for our political parties to look to and listen to the People.

America, the United States, is one of the most revered countries in the world and needs to determine the future direction it will be taking. Will we be: “We, the People”, or will we be: “we the divided”? The doing model I spoke about before is a determining factor here. Putting billionaires in charge of our countries could provide a path to fiscal responsibility but it could also be a path to social collapse and devastation. Do we need more? Do we need a new world order?

The grand experiment is on. Will we succeed or move back to the dark ages? Only time will tell. I hope to remain vigilant and take note, and react if and when things look dark and give praise when things go better.

We ask that you keep those who are less fortunate in your prayers and send those suffering from disease your wishes for better health.

by Nancy P.S. Hopp

OMP Admin Note: Nancy PS Hopp is a writer and OMP Network member – one of a group of networkers who will be blogging on a regular basis on various causes and issues.

Nancy is a writer I encountered on the writing site WriteOn. I was impressed with her thoughtful and mature flash fiction stories, often based on her own experiences and background and asked her to join the One Million Project network, as a valued member.

One of those stories or a brand new one will appear in the guest writer section of the upcoming fourth volume of the anthology BITE SIZE STORIES series.

Shooting for the Moon

Over the last few days, everyone was caught up in the quagmire of news stories surrounding the events leading up to the Inauguration on January 20, 2017.  An announcement gained media attention.  Plans were underway for a renewed effort to find a cancer cure.

In President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, he announced the start of a new national effort to find a cure for cancer.  Vice-president Joe Biden will be leading the efforts.  The Vice-president’s son, Beau, recently died of brain cancer after a hard-fought battle against the disease.

Biden called for a “Cancer Moonshot” much like the national efforts called for by President Kennedy to develop the space program and put a man on the moon.  With increased funding and  the government removing some of the obstacles which have slowed cancer research in the past, they hope to speed the progress of cancer research. 

Having worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years, I’ve taken care of many patients at various stages during their fight against cancer.  The changes in treatments and the improved survival rates for various forms of cancer has undergone significant improvements over the years.

“Cancer” is a scary word.  It is a generic name for a multitude of diseases of every body system and organ found in the human anatomy.  With about one hundred different types of “cancer” identified, and each one with a differing progression, treatment, and outcome; it is amazing how far medical research has come.  Breast cancer, various skin cancers, thyroid and testicular cancers have high cure rates today as compared to even ten years past.

But so many forms of the disease are difficult to detect in the early stages which affects successful treatment.  Others are very close to breakthroughs.  These advances give us hope a cure for cancer may be only one discovery away.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.  In 2017, a renewed effort like the one proposed by President Obama and VP Joe Biden is uplifting and should be an effort all Americans should rally behind.

President Kennedy’s address at Rice University on September 12, 1962, epitomizes this new “Moonshot” better than anything I could write.  A portion of his speech is below:

“We choose to go to the moon.  We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…”

Only a few short years after Kennedy’s rousing speech, the United States put the first man on the moon.  May President Obama and Vice-President Biden have the same kind of success finding a cure for cancer.


Kate McGinn

OMP Admin Note: Kate McGinn is a writer and OMP Network member – one of a group of networkers who will be blogging on a regular basis on various causes and issues. Kate hopes to spread awareness of the issue of American Veterans returning home to less help than they deserve. EMMAUS is one of the two main charities we are supporting.

Kate McGinn’s fiction can be found on Amazon in the flash fiction series BITE SIZE STORIES (Volume Two) along with five other guest writers. Her full length book EXODUS is also available on Amazon.

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