This morning, President Donald Trump, dropped a tweet-storm threatening to abandon disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which was devastated last month by Hurricane Maria.
Most of the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people remains without power and continues to struggle for food and fresh water. In America. That’s right, America has occupied Puerto Rico for 119 years. We tax them without representation (they do not have a voting member of Congress) to the tune of about $4 billion a year. They don’t get independence, and they don’t get statehood. Sounds eerily familiar to the set of circumstances surrounding why America fought its war for independence. But hey, that’s fine, as long as Uncle Sam is the beneficiary.
Not only is this yet another example of bad form by Trump, it’s reflective of a larger Republican problem. I tried being in that party once and didn’t last long. There is a pervasive mentality in the party that those who can’t do for themselves should be left to die. Welfare is the enemy, healthcare is a privilege for those who can afford it, etc. I thought the whole point of being conservative was that there is a greater good–something worth conserving. You won’t find it in the GOP in the age of Trump.
Now would be a good time to consider donating to private organizations to support Puerto Rico relief. I prefer to support Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, which I have worked with in the past and which has a great reputation for getting goods and the gospel on the ground quickly and efficiently.
As to the few Trump supporters who still likely care to read my blog, why do you continue to support this man? Is this really what you want? Is this really what you’re about? How do you know that you and your city/state won’t be then next one he abandons and discards when it is expedient to do so? ♦