In a land of freedom, we are restrained to certain talking points while entrenched in a battle for power. The left, the right, and the middle. We are all to blame. We are too busy talking about Donald Trump’s kids, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Pelosi. We watch as the President disrespects war heroes and their families. We watch as the left struggles to find an identity and the middle is working to walk the tight rope of not-very-liberal but not a far-right conservative. While the Republicans are sitting back, waiting to see if tax cuts are enough in November.
The media is struggling to find the place between opinion and no bias. Fox News is probably blaming Hillary for something right now, and MSNBC is interviewing a former Obama staffer with potential dirt on Trump.
These are not the issues affecting people’s day-to-day lives. In case you have missed it, people are dying. The news and politicians may have you believing the conversation should be about politics, but it should be about what effect politics have on people; for instance opioids.
According to NIDA, 115 people die every day in the United States from overdosing on opioids. The NIDA goes on to say “the misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.”
Localities in cities like New York, Seattle, and San Francisco are working towards creating an area for users to inject illegal drugs under a doctors supervision to try to stop deaths. The Justice Department this week has notified the cities that they would be violating federal law by doing this.
“I’m not aware of any valid basis for the argument that you can engage in criminal activity as long as you do it in the presence of someone with a medical [license],” U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in an interview with NPR.
This is what we should be hash-tagging on Twitter. This is what Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity should be opening their shows with tonight. This is something that affects actual citizens. Instead of talking about the number of lies Donald Trump has told, ask a politician how the family of someone who just overdosed is coping with their loss.
A man just died on the side of a road in Chesterfield County. This happened 2 days after the Sober Home that a judge sent him to kicked him out for failing a drug test. Do you hear any candidates in the upcoming elections talking about policy to address problems like this?
A school in Richmond just got busted conducting a teacher orchestrated cheating-ring in SOL’s. Teachers and administrators lost their job and students from that school are being given the short end of the stick.
An 18-year-old girl recently died from an overdose in Richmond. That happened a month after her boyfriend from Chesterfield was murdered. Her boyfriend was beaten and shot on the south side of Richmond.
On average, 342 people are shot each day in the United States. 8 people in Richmond were shot on the same block, in 2 shootings that were 4-days-apart in mid-August. But the politicians only make an actual attempt to address gun violence after a high-profile mass shooting. Other than that, the Democrats don’t follow through and make an effort that they always promise.
These are the things that your neighbors are talking about, not Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump. Democrat’s are relying on the fact that the mass public follows the cable new networks.
I know everyone isn’t watching MSNBC and CNN, but I know they are closely watching the money in their bank account after paying rent. The Republicans showed up there with the tax cuts.
Instead of talking about Donald Trump, or politically bantering with a politician that you don’t agree with, demand change. Demand that the conversation be interrupted and directed towards what is happening around every day citizens.
Mainstream politicians and the media, myself included, rarely talk about this.
Democrats and Republicans are both ignoring the real problems of the American family. Instead of talking about the people who struggle every single day across the country, both parties refuse to confront this reality and they deflect the blame on the other side.
The media might have you convinced that a blue wave is coming in 2018 due to the massive resistance to Donald Trump across the country, but you can’t believe everything you hear. It is not out of the realm of possibility, but the Democrats have to get focused and find their connection to the constituents. The middle working class has been directly affected by the tax cuts, and the economy appears to be booming. This holds weight with voters.
Democrats do have the momentum, and the candidates to flip the House in November; and I believe they have a very good shot of doing that. They have to continue to walk the streets and find the pulse of the public. Republicans have had a direct impact on the voters’ wallets. The Democrats have to find a way to make a direct impact on the voters’ lives.
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