I remember when Nancy Reagan coined the rallying cry against taking drugs in the 1980s with the phrase “Just Say No.” It was used then to convince kids to refrain from being involved with the scourge of drugs that was proliferating all over the country. Now, the Democratic Party has adopted that phrase to indicate their political philosophy since losing the presidential election in 2016. They just say no to everything that President Trump’s administration is attempting to do for the betterment of the country. They are so partisan that no matter what is being proposed by the president, they plot to defeat the gesture – even if it is clearly to help the American people. All they care about is defeating Trump and the GOP in the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Political parties have always been in opposition with each other; that’s the name of the game. But the general attitude has been that we can play politics as long it is not to the detriment of the country. Until now. I remember how President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill would decide the issues on which they differed over a drink (they were Irish) after hours in the White House. But now the atmosphere is so toxic that the parties aren’t willing to talk to each other. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the ones responsible for the impasse are Democratic Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Along with their prestigious titles should come responsibility. Negating everything is not a sign of leadership; it’s being a baby and a sore loser.
Why aren’t the liberal elements in the West
vocally supporting these brave Iranian women?
As we begin 2018, the world is in a terrible state. There is no time for the political gamesmanship that has been sullying the atmosphere in Washington since President Trump was elected. Now is the time for everyone to grow up and work together on the key issues. Just this past weekend, several hot-button issues have flared up. The Iranian people are revolting in the streets, and Pakistan is exhibiting hostile tendencies towards the US; and a month before the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the North Korean leader is boasting that he could attack any American city of his choosing.
In Iran, things are quite volatile, with protesters lashing out against their Islamic Republic’s leaders, blaming them for the abysmal economic conditions in their country. The people are standing in defiance of the regime’s financial support of Hezbollah and Hamas rather than imposing fair wages and human rights. They are seeking jobs at home, where youth unemployment has hit 29 percent. The protesters have taken to the streets to protest high levels of unemployment and a stagnant economy with inflationary prices.
But unlike in 2009, when the Iranians tried to protest and no one helped them, especially President Barack Obama, President Trump has tweeted support for the protesters. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also offered support for Iran’s protesters, wishing them “success in their noble quest for freedom.” Netanyahu said in a video posted on YouTube that the protesters sought freedom, justice, and “basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades.” Although the demonstrations were initially focused on economic hardships and corruption, it turned into political rallies
In response, the Ayatollah blamed foreign nations for fomenting the unrest. Why should there be economic problems when President Barack Obama paid Iran $1.7 billion in cash to see that the nuclear deal was accepted? None of that money trickled down to the people. It went to sponsor terrorism in the Middle East and to line the coffers of Islamic leaders.
Interestingly, a lot of the protesters are women. Why aren’t the liberal elements in the West vocally supporting these brave women? That kind of political support would, of course, contradict the narrative of the Democrats, who supported Obama’s Nuclear Deal with Iran. Why aren’t the liberal women supporting their beleaguered sisters? Where is Madonna, who wanted to bomb the White House, and that despicable excuse of a human being Linda Sarsour, or Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, and the other phonies who marched at the Presidential Inaugural against Trump, claiming they are for women’s rights? Why are they now silent? The deafening silence isn’t just from women; where is Senator Schumer, who found time to tweet in support of the New York Giants and Eli Manning but not for Iran’s protest?
President Trump has the opportunity to reset the US policy toward Iran and the other rogue nations of the world. With regard to Iran, he has already warned the mullahs that the “world is watching.” Trump understands that fate is not only of Iran but peace in the entire Middle East region depends on whether these demonstrations succeed or fail and that the US must act to help them out. The president said, “We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”
President Trump is also standing firm with regard to Pakistan. He has threatened to withhold the foreign aid that the US generously gives the country, accusing the country of “giving us nothing but lies and deceit and thinking of our leaders as fools. They have given safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Trump is also quite disenchanted with the Palestinians. “With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make these massive future payments to them? It’s not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing. We pay the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars a year and get no appreciation or respect.”
US sanctions against North Korea are now showing results. North Korean soldiers, for example, have been given leave to forage for food in the fields. That’s how desperate things are getting there. Ambassador Nikki Haley addressed the issue at the UN, saying, “The civilized world must remain united and vigilant against the rogue state’s development of a nuclear arsenal. We will never accept a nuclear North Korea.”
If the Democrats would unite in purpose with the president to show American strength and commitment, we can once again wear the mantle of leader of the Free World with pride and patriotism. The Democrats should put aside their “Just say no” inclinations and work with the president to make the world a better place.
Cynthia Zalisky is the Executive Director of the Queens Jewish Community. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org