Leadership is proven and/or defined during times of crisis. How a specific leader rises or falls to the challenge in front of them speaks volumes.
Between Covid-19 and the nationwide protests over the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, America is at a crossroads. We should have a President who is up to the task of leading us through what can only be defined as an extremely very difficult time. Instead, we have a President who hides in a proverbial bunker, tweets incessantly and uses the Police (like he does everything) for personal gain.
This morning, Randy Rainbow released his latest video. It is entitled THE BUNKER BOY – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody.
For the last three years, we have dealt with this President’s tantrums, lies, and inability to do the job Americans hired him to do. It’s time to send a clear message that we have had enough of his antics. We need a real President, not one who is pretending to be one.
For over 200 years, Americans have held dear to the right of assembly and the right of free speech. That being said, there is a marked difference between peaceful protest and destruction of property.
Across the country, Americans march in solidarity against the murder of George Floyd. While the majority of them are only seeking to have their voices heard, some are taking advantage and looting businesses along the way.
As I said in a previous post, I do not have the experience of a person of color in America and I will not speak of what I do not know of. I am also painfully aware that my skin color and my class have automatically opened doors that are closed the others.
However, I don’t understand what looting stores have to do with the cause of racial equality. It feels like the people who are looting are taking advantage of the situation for their own personal gain. It is also akin to pouring salt into the wound of business owners who were forced to close because of Covid-19 and have only begun to re-open their stores.
I wish that we lived in a country in which the laws and actions matched the ideals of our founders. But we don’t live in that country and because we don’t, protest is required for change. It just be a lot easier if looting was not part of the bargain.
When it comes to leadership (especially in politics), it is easy to talk the talk. But walking the walk is another story entirely.
It has been seven days since George Floyd’s murder. In that short period of time, Americans of all creeds, nationalities and beliefs have come together to protest he senseless slaughter of Americans of color. Unfortunately, some of the rallies and marches devolved into riots and destruction.
In Washington D.C., as the rioting got closer to the gates of the White House, you know who was shepherded to an underground bunker for his own safety. As of this morning, he has yet to return from the bunker. But yet, he still makes his usual outrageous statements via Twitter and calls some Governors weak for not taking military style action on the protesters.
On the other side, Joe Biden appeared in public and spoke to his constituents. Touring the local community, he stood with the marchers and with the business owners whose property has been damaged.
And if, racial unrest was not enough, we are still in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The question that every American has to ask is, who do we want as President? Do we want someone who puts their money where their mouth is, or do we want someone who walks the walk, but is unable to talk the talk?