How should we honor our president?
The cover of Time magazine asks: “Is Truth Dead?” What can we believe of what President Trump says?
If you Google “Trump lies,” you will find a listing of 143 statements made by the president that were fact checked as lies – just since Jan. 20, 2017. They range from the size of the crowd at his inauguration, riots in Sweden, millions of people voting illegally, vicious prisoners released from Gitmo by Obama, overstated trade deficits, we don’t vet refugees when we allow them into our country, murder rate highest in 47 years (actually at a historic low), won the election by the largest margin ever (was actually 47th out of our 58 elections), claimed he was always against the war in Iraq (actually spoke for the war several times), said very few people actually signed up for Obamacare (actually 20 million did), and on and on for 143 times, all in just two months.
In a rarely used tactic called the Congressional Review Act, only used once before in history, Trump reversed several of president Obama’s regulations. They include: reversing regulations barring Social Security recipients with mental disorders from buying guns, reversing the restriction of dumping mining waste in streams and rivers, reversing the requirement for energy companies to disclose how much they are paying foreign governments, reversed the requirement that barred companies from receiving federal contracts if they had a history of violating wage, labor or workplace safety laws, reversed the regulation that gave the Federal Government a bigger role in land-use decisions and two regulations on measuring school performance and teacher training.
I do believe in honoring and trusting the office of the president, but I am having a hard time honoring the current occupant of the office.