There are a ton of them but one dear to my heart is the environment. A lot of what an administration does won't last past the next one coming in. There are exceptions-- war is one because lives are lost. Another is the environment, how we protect or don't our lands. Land once taken and mined or built upon by homes will not be restored to its natural state.
Past generations understood this and were generous. It didn't come without conflicts even then. Today, we benefit from their foresightedness as we hike or stay in a national park or monument. Places like that are restorative and instead of being set aside for the wealthiest, they are for all Americans. I have to think it's one of the things that has set us apart-- that we never forget the land... or we never did.
I read a couple of pieces this morning that were upsetting. Links to follow.
Running for office, I knew that Trump didn't have a clue about the importance of the environment for healthy living. How could he when his world involves big cities, resorts, and golf courses! The thing is we haven't had many presidents who did get that the land matters. Parks can't lobby. They don't pull in the big bucks for those expensive political campaigns. Is it possible to someday have a real environmentalist run for political office-- one who wasn't using it to destroy legitimate business interests? One who could see how nature restores our soul as individuals and as a nation? Just knowing the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone is there matters to those of us who may never get there. We know it's there.
To see more lands protected in the future seems unlikely as we have a nation that is more and more being governed by two political extremes-- which is why nothing is happening on the major issues of our day.
Even the media is divided that way, which is why I found these articles in The Guardian, a large newspaper that operates from donations to keep its words available for all. Is that even possible in the US these days? Yes, the Guardian is left leaning, but it covers a variety of topics that unfortunately most Americans hear nothing about while they are distracted that the President said what to who.
In the meantime, a lot is happening on taxes, environment, immigration, health care, and many Americans only know the latest count on how many football players took a knee-- whether to be pleased it's happening or upset.
While I agree that much is wrong in our country, I think the worst of it is how easily we are distracted by minutiae. It serves the purposes of some-- just not of most of us.