Making America Great Again. Well, Not Quite

Okay. I’m no fan of the current occupant of the White House. At best he is just a clown, an embarrassment that will be erased in November. At worst he is a dangerous doofus whose lack of leadership skills has put the entire country in crisis.

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Oh well. Was Trump the lessor of two evils in 2016? Or was it Hillary? I digress.

In any event, Trump promised to Make America Great Again. So how is he doing?

Well let’s see.

As I write this, some 40 million Americans are unemployed, the most since the Great Depression.

The virus that POTUS dismissed a few months ago has now killed more than 100,000 Americans, and the count is going to keep increasing.

And many American cities are being patrolled by the National Guard these days as protestors are burning and looting in the wake of another unarmed black man being murdered by police.

Wow. That’s a performance review that would have most employees standing in some serious dog-doo.

But not Trump. His supporters still love him for reasons that escape most of us who still have the ability to think.

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Michelle Goldberg opines in the NYT, “America Is a Tinderbox. Scenes From a Country in Freefall”:

The last two and a half months in America have felt like the opening montage in a dystopian film about a nation come undone. First the pandemic hit and hospitals in New York City were overwhelmed. The national economy froze and unemployment soared; one in four American workers has applied for unemployment benefits since March. Lines of cars stretched for miles at food banks. Heavily armed lockdown protesters demonstrated across the country; in Michigan, they forced the Capitol to close and legislators to cancel their session. Nationwide, at least 100,000 people died of a disease almost no one had heard of last year.

Trump apparently is a TV fan. I wonder if he watches the classics?

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Rob Jewell

I’m Rob Jewell and I live and write in Woodland Park, Colorado, the City Above the Clouds. I've been fortunate. I worked for 29 years at BFGoodrich in Akron, Ohio. I started editing employee publications and ended as vice president of corporate communications. Then I started a public relations consulting company before becoming a full-time faculty member in the School of Journalism at Kent State University. I taught courses in writing, public relations and mass communication ethics. And I supervised a student-run public relations firm, called Flash Communications. During my tenure at Kent State I was honored to receive the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award. During most of this time I've been a dedicated runner. OK, jogger, if you take speed into consideration. But while my times are not much to write about, I was and am committed. For almost 30 years I ran at least 1,000 miles each year. (Except for one year when I tore my calf muscle playing tennis. So much for tennis.) Being on the road most mornings at 5 a.m. gave me some time to think. It also led to some amazing friendships that now span more than three decades. And my longtime love affair with running helped me shape my first novel, Then We Ran, which is available wherever electronic books are sold. And just so you don't think that all I did was work and run, I have other interests as well, many centering on family. My wife, Mary, was a successful and highly regarded career teacher in the Akron public schools. She now devotes her time and energy to a host of social and athletic activities in Woodland Park. My son, Brian, teaches at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs where he is also the head soccer coach. And my daughter, Jessica, has completed her doctorate at Kent State University where she is also an administrator with the Wick Poetry Center. I've done a lot of writing during my career -- but Jessica is the real writer in the family. I'll try not to make too many errors in this blog. I'm sure she'll be watching.

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