• Ed Flattau

White House Jealousy

President Trump has blamed former President Barack Obama for not preparing the nation to handle the crisis of a virus of this magnitude. But it is Trump who appears to be detached from reality. Obama doesn’t sound like a leader who was unaware of the existential threats to our nation.


As President, Obama has said in so many words on a number of occasions that Republican lawmakers tended to place profit ahead of health in rule-making.


That was the rationale behind Trump accusing Obama of waging a “war on coal”. In the process, Trump posed his unconscionable tendency to give precedence to corporate profits over public health.


As President, Obama reflected aloud in the public arena that: “…some day, our children, and our children’s children will look us in the eye and ask, ‘Did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with climate change and leave a cleaner, safer, more stable world?’ and I want to be able to say ‘yes, we did.’ Don’t you want that?”


It will take great courage for a President to push ahead with a controversial agenda of systematically restructuring our economy to no longer rely on obsessive material acquisition and planned obsolescence. It becomes an even tougher task if it occurs in the midst of seemingly more immediate high-profile problems – a severe recession, wide-spread unemployment, terrorist-related national security threats, military conflicts, and a health care system badly in need of reform.


[Excerpts drawn from: Green Morality , 2011 and From Green to Mean ,

2015.]

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