By Rejecting Our Common Values, TRUMP and McColley Disrupt Our Ability to Unite Behind Them
“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees to deprive the poor of their rights and withold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.” – Isaiah 10:1-2
State Representative Bobby McColley recently took to the editorial page of the Northwest Signal and made mockery of our ability to see with our own eyes, and hear with own ears. Using a whole lot of words with very little meaning, McColley called upon us all to unite behind Trump. His reasons, as we have come to expect from today’s Republican Party, were nonsensical, lacking in specifics, and just plain untrue.
In his short stint as President, Donald Trump has already begun to enrich himself, threatened our legal traditions, insulted our closest allies, placed our agricultural exports at risk, and all while concocting rather outrageous lies on a nearly daily basis.
Following Bush’s financial crisis Henry County’s unemployment rate soared to 17.3%. Under the Obama Administration’s policies, that rate fell to a low of 4% as recently as October, 2016, and is currently at 5.4% (not seasonally adjusted, source). Between 2013 and 2015 Henry County’s Health Insurance Rate dropped from 17% in 2013 to 8% in 2015 (source). The median household income is $52,526 per year and 71.9% of county households earn $30,000 or more annually (source). These are facts. Something which was sorely missing from Rep. McColley’s editorial.
When we ignore the obvious signs of corruption, as McColley suggests, America loses. When we turn a blind eye to the suppression of legitimate voters, as McColley suggests, America loses. When we fail to address the threat posed by hostile foreign powers meddling in our elections, as McColley suggests, America loses. When we are told to simply accept daily insults to common decency and reason, then there is little that McColley might suggest which remains morally defensible.
There is one thing Rep. McColley got right. He wrote, “We are truly blessed to live in the greatest country on earth with freedoms like no other. Unified, we are stronger.” All around the country that unity is being demonstrated by regular Americans standing up in defense of the constitution and the values on which the United States was born.
As an elected official, McColley should be standing with his constituents. Instead, he seems to stand for nothing.