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Genuine Inflection Points?

Don Rose 3 April 2018 One Comment

If you missed my column last week it was because I was away visiting son and family in Seattle–but what an amazing week to have been off, beginning with the Illinois primary election, wherein Cook County voters dumped Assessor Joe Berrios, one of the most corrupt of the old-line Machine hacks.

Nationally came the good, the bad and the ugly–the best being the magnificent March For Our Lives, a possible inflection point I’ll get back to. But before that came Trump’s tariffs against China, which could lead to a losing trade war as reflected by the stock market tanking. Remember how he used to take credit for the rising market? Hasn’t said a word about the plunge, let alone take responsibility.


The worse news of the week: the predicted firing of National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster and hiring of super war-hawk John Bolton to replace him. Bolton, who thinks our tragic misadventures in Vietnam and Iraq were just wonderful, wants to preemptively nuke Iran and North Korea, so he can have a war to call his very own.

Then there was the near comic walk-out of Trump’s attorney John Dowd and the announcement of his replacement by conspiracy ranter Joe DiGenova followed by a quick never-mind to Joe, followed by Chicago’s own Dan Webb’s refusal to take the job–among many top lawyers to do so. See–some lawyers do have consciences.

More sad comedy topped the event-packed week with Stormy Daniels’s appearance on 60 Minutes, and the eternal pop-up appearances of her brilliant, media-manipulating lawyer Michael Avenatti, who out-trumps Trump at the game.

Back to inflection points.

I have little doubt that the #MeToo movement is has fostered permanent change in the way women and the business, political and entertainment worlds deal with sexual harassment and assault. More and more women will be quick to call it out and their employers and responsible parties will be quicker to take action against the perpetrators. This could lead to some diminution of the crimes themselves.

The bold, tenacious and sophisticated words and actions of the Parkland, Florida high-school students, highlighted by the massive marches in DC and across the nation, may just be leading to an inflection point on achieving important gun-safety measures because they focused on the political. Already many major businesses have broken ties with the National Rifle Association, whose own members favor strong, universal background checks.

It seems possible we can go beyond banning bump-stocks by restoring the previous ban on various assault weapons and perhaps extra long magazines. The NRA may not change, but as politicians see their constituents moving toward reform it could instill a little courage in them to go forward. Let us hope, pray or whatever it takes.

Am I dreaming? Maybe. But look how quickly–even suddenly–same-sex marriage came to be enacted–though not universally supported. Its time had come.

Now, with the continuous horrors of police killings of unarmed people of color and the perpetrators being excused and covered for or set free by juries, will we have some major national uprising for reform?

Don Rose is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer


One Comment »

  • Maynard G. Keynes said:

    Well to actually inflect downward, Trump must have been on the upswing, contrary to all of your previous columns Don. So given your track record here, what are we to make of this?

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