This past week in politics, a cloak of sobriety covered Washington D.C. as the U.S. remained crippled with a public health crisis and economic unrest.
On Tuesday (March 31), the White House held one of its special news conferences, which provided an update on the current activities being undertaken by the U.S. government to combat COVID-19. President Donald Trump (pictured right), Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. Deborah Birx responded to questions from the press on some very serious matters.
Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx are medically consulting the White House’s so-called “Coronavirus Task Force,” which is headed by Vice President Pence. At the March 31 press conference, there was a ton of rosy gloss over an abundance of doom and gloom. In a nutshell, the American public was given the cop-out cliche that things will get much worse before they any better.
Dr. Fauci and President Trump have said that April 30 will be the end of America’s so-called “lockdown quarantine,” which has been implemented by the government to stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. More state governments are starting to fall in line with the federal government’s “slow the spread” policy.
For the first time since the current economic meltdown and public health crisis began decimating America, the White House held a press conference earlier this week that showed some contrition. It is shameful that this contrition had to come at a time where officials were forced to admit that a six-figure number of Americans may very well die in the coming weeks and months.
That grim admission from the nation’s executive branch of government obviously caused a lot of fear. Media pundits expressed this fear and members of the public are definitely experiencing it in their own personal lives. National leaders from America’s legislative branch of government expressed this fear as well.
One of them was Congresswoman Maxine Waters (pictured left). The 81-year-old U.S. House Representative took to Twitter this week to blast Trump in a series of messages about how the Republican White House is handling the nation’s COVID-19 public health crisis. Waters, a career Democratic politician, expressed anger, which was obviously fueled by fear; the same brand that many of her voting constituents are feeling.
“Trump, stop congratulating yourself! You’re a failure & you’ve mishandled this #COVID19 disaster! You’re not knowledgeable & you don’t know more than experts & generals. Your ignorance & incompetence are appalling & you continue to demonstrate that every time you open your mouth,” Waters tweeted ahead of the White House’s coronavirus press conference.
Waters and most Democratic leaders always blame Republicans for all of the nation’s problems. Republicans mimick this victimhood behavior by doing the exact same thing. But the eyes of a truly vigilant and politically astute citizen can see that there is plenty of blame to go around on BOTH sides of the national political aisle.
If Democratic Congressional leaders in the U.S. House hate what the White House is doing so much, then they should have worked harder to help their party take over the U.S. Senate in the 2018 national mid-term election. They did not.
“The House is where the action is but the Senate is where the power is,” said David Haley, a Democratic state senator from Kansas.
Senator Haley is an attorney who has been a law study mentor of mine for years. He is also the nephew of Alex Haley, the late American author, and filmmaker who originally created the historically compelling Roots series. The late George Haley was an esteemed presidential advisor and international diplomat who served under seven different White House administrations. He was Senator Haley’s father.
Furthermore, the overall job approval ratings of Congress and the White House are not neck and neck. Thus far, neither side is doing exceptionally well. The truth always lies in the numbers. According to official data published by Statista on March 31, America’s Congressional job approval rating stands at a dismal 22 percent.
President Trump’s job approval rating stood at a pedestrian 44 percent, according to data published by Gallup News on March 17. As America’s executive and legislative leaders from both political parties continue to face the nation, contrition must continue to be exhibited no matter what the circumstances are.
However, as a leader, contrition starts with identifying the problems within your own lotus of control. Blaming others is easy. Self-accountability void of ego is not so easy; even for people who have been in leadership their whole adult lives.
Nonetheless, self-accountability must be exhibited by leaders at all times. Ultimately, self-actualization is the morally endearing beneficiary. But it can never be achieved without the sobering moral diet of accountability that one must-have for their own actions; whether they are good or bad.
May God bless the people and guide principle in the United States of America during these difficult times.