Running a nation is hard. Running even one state in a nation is hard. But you would think that at least some choices are easy, and yet our “leaders” keep failing on even the easy ones.
Bob Herbert wrote in the New York Times
We can go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threaten to blow Iran off the face of the planet. We can conduct a nonstop campaign of drone and helicopter attacks in Pakistan and run a network of secret prisons around the world. We are the mightiest nation mankind has ever seen.
But we can’t seem to build a railroad tunnel to carry commuters between New Jersey and New York.
The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It’s losing its soul. It’s speeding down an increasingly rubble-strewn path to a region where being second rate is good enough.
Somewhere, somehow, we have to find a leader, or set of leaders, who are capable of choosing what is best for the USA first, and then worry about the rest of the world.
We were all taught “family first”. You stick up for your brother, or son, or wife no matter what. When it comes down to a choice between your best friend in the whole world and your children, you choose your children. Yet we are spending trillions fighting wars on the other side of the world while our children go barefoot, and we cannot maintain or improve our own basic infrastructure.
I’m not isolationist. I’m certainly not reactionary. But if our larger family are the citizens of this nation, shouldn’t we put family first?