Wisconsin politics and President Washington warnings

Political parties are a danger, warned Washington

I think it is time for all Americans to heedPresident George Washington’s warning against political parties, that we the people must retain the power in OUR OWN hands — not give it up to political parties.

Party affiliation v. party loyalty

Parties did not used to have the kind of powerful divisive influence they have now. Growing up, the adults around me expressed party affiliation, but not party loyalty. There is a huge difference.

Citizen leadership is the antidote to party dominance

We, as citizen leaders, need to return to choosing leaders by character and qualifications — not party endorsement. Extract ourselves from the mesmerizing influence of propagandists who engender anger and fear of the “other” and make us cling blindly to party slogans.

The cause of our division and how to reunite

I perceive at least three main reasons for our division. 1) The current reality-show-TV misleadership and cronyism at the highest level has certainly driven wide a crack that existed prior to his election. However, I see this ascendency as symptom of a broken system. We, the people, are the only ones responsible for fixing it by refusing to succumb to cynicism and holding them accountable, at the ballot box. 2) Decades of emphasis on party loyalty over principle and values. 3) A deeply dysfunctional system that allows propaganda, sensationalism, slander, libel, and demonization of legitimate news, steering people away from fact- and science-based legitimate news.

Definition of propaganda
Definition per Google
Definition per Google

Reality is not a reality show: just the facts

The US is now at the epicenter of the pandemic with far more cases than any other country.(1) Dr. Anthony Fauci, our government’s leading infectious disease expert, says millions of Americans could get sick and “nearly a quarter-million people in the United States could lose their lives” — and that is IF we now do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus. (2)

Dearly beloved friends and neighbors, it is time to take responsibility upon ourselves

Citizen leaders vet candidates and elect responsible leaders. Responsible citizens seek out facts and make wise choices based on facts in an election year, before they go to the polls. Here are 10 factual realty-TV-show misleadership blunders — with the references to solid factual data — that Fox Entertainment has most definitely NOT reported on. Here are the fact that have allowed the wolf in the door:

  1. FACT: Refusing to take responsibility for his administration’s response to the pandemic. Trump takes no responsibility for how he and his administration are dealing with the crisis. When asked by reporters about it, he said, “I don’t take any responsibility at all.”6
  2. FACT :Shutting down the White House pandemic office. Trump closed the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense in 2018 — despite official briefings starting even before his inauguration about the threat posed by pandemics.7,8
  3. FACT:Ignoring intelligence warnings. Trump ignored dire warnings in January and February from U.S. intelligence agencies about the coronavirus pandemic, downplaying the threat and blocking necessary preparations.9 He also stonewalled inquiries from Congress starting in early February.10
  4. FACT: Failing to test. Trump failed to mobilize the government and private sector to establish testing early on to contain the spread of the virus.11 Dr. Fauci calls the lack of early testing “a failing” of the U.S. response.12 Now, we’re left with lockdowns and intense social and economic disruptions to try to mitigate the harm. Was this good leadership? How is this all affecting you? Think there’s a better way to lead?
  5. FACT :Failing to procure medical supplies. Trump failed to marshal the powers of the federal government to procure the medical supplies and hospital beds needed to meet the scale of this public health crisis. For instance, if the Trump administration had reacted in February to the ventilator shortage, the shortage would have been resolved by mid-to-late April. Because the administration failed to react, we might have enough ventilators only in early June, at best.13. Is this the way a president should use his power?
  6. FACT :Spreading lies and misinformation. Early in the crisis, Trump said the coronavirus would simply disappear. “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”14 Then, he started prescribing medication, promoted a risky antimalarial drug as a treatment, with no evidence.15 He accused governors of not needing the personal protective equipment and ventilators they asked for, and he accused health care workers of hoarding, stealing, and selling masks and equipment.16,17 And he still continues to spread lies and advance his own political agenda, boasting about his poll numbers and television ratings.
  7. FACT: Appointing Mike Pence to run the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Pence has a history of skepticism and denialism of science and a record of poor response to public health crises as governor of Indiana.18
  8. Blocking access to health care, which puts all of us at risk. Trump and his Republican supporters in Congress refuse to pay for coronavirus and COVID-19 medical care — except for testing.19 But even the testing provision is full of loopholes, with reports that people are showing up at hospitals to get tested and then getting billed thousands of dollars because, while the tests are free, the emergency room visits are not. How do you feel about this?
  9. Favoring governors who are political allies when distributing lifesaving medical supplies and pitting states against one another instead of distributing supplies based on most urgent need and fostering cooperation in this national emergency.20. How would President Washington feel about this?
  10. Failing to hire competent experts to manage this crisis. Trump and his administration are incompetent, and, as a result, people are needlessly dying. There is tremendous turnover in key administration positions, many positions are left unfilled, and people are often unqualified for their jobs. This results in horrifying incompetence in the best of times, and catastrophic inadequacy now.



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Laurel Kashinn

Laurel Kashinn


Laurel Kashinn is a Certified Ghostwriter, Professional Résumé Writer, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, and Orthodox Christian living and writing in Milwaukee, Wisc.