Steve Martaindale

Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series

42. Joke?

Love everyone

It is 42 days until the next U.S. congressional midterm election.

I had a wonderful opportunity Sunday evening to chat with a particularly engaged and informed young man from Taiwan who is among the students we’ve worked with this summer at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

It appears he sought me out after learning about my background. He did an admirable job of guiding the conversation to pick my brains about the United States, the world and where we are today. In return, he allowed me to do the same, granting me insight into his view of his home country, including its tenuous efforts to be considered not a part of the Republic of China.

He guarded his words somewhat but made it clear he understood the Trump presidency is damaging the country. I asked about healthcare in Taiwan and he said they had universal care, adding, “We know healthcare in the United States is very expensive.”

He knows the president of the United States – once casually referred to as the leader of the free world – is now its clown.

That was Sunday, two days before Trump was literally laughed at by the world.

If, like me, you’re tired of our country being the punchline for a joke, prepare to take action in this fall’s election to put Democrats into office to start effecting changes and to put checks on the clown who would be king.

Make sure you’re registered, vote early and take a friend.

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