On Monday, Sept. 4, we will be setting up the grill, maybe having a dip in the pool or the local beach, and having a few cold ones with close friends and family celebrating a more than 100-year tradition of honoring the working class who built this country.
While you're listening to your favorite tunes and periodically checking the hamburgers to make sure that they are to your satisfaction, stop and think who made this all possible. Don't forget Rosie the Riveter, who represented the women during World War II who made sure that our troops had the resources to defeat Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito.
Along with these amazing women there was the Navajo code talkers who left their reservations to make sure that Hitler's boys couldn't know our strategy. None of which were drafted. And don't forget the black soldiers who fought and died for a country who had a few years earlier denied Jesse Owens, four-time gold-medal winner, at the Berlin Olympics access to his own reception through the building's lobby designated to honor him — thanks to Jim Crow. And, of course, the Japanese-American soldiers who were fighting while their friends and family were detained in makeshift prisons back home.
All of the groups that I've spoken of have endured great obstacles throughout our history, but they have sacrificed because of a strong belief that things would get better. As a whole they have.
Our greatest enemy now comes from within — voter apathy. It's beyond my comprehension how a president can look us in the eye and say that members of the KKK and Nazi sympathizers are somehow good people. What is more shocking is that he said this while standing with someone who is Jewish, Asian and African-American with little or no response from them.
As a moderate Democrat, I have to give certain Republican Senators their due. Like Orrin Hatch of Utah. Or Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona. All from Republican stronghold states are saying enough is enough.
My question to all reading this column is this — have you had enough? If so, then get ready to vote for midterm elections in 2018. And in 2020, assuming Trump is not impeached and removed from office, or defeated in the next Republican Presidential primary, you can end this flashback to McCarthyism.
Joe McCarthy would have been proud of Trump's pardoning of Joe Arpaio.