I am 85 years old, and I have lived through the tenure of 13 presidents prior to Trump, from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Trump, who I am reluctant to give the title, “president.”
I spent 37 years in leadership roles of some kind in my local union, including as business manager, as president of my International Union, as president of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council and the chairman of the St. Louis County Democratic Party.
I have been a Democrat all of my life, and I always believed in our two-party system because I thought it followed the way our United States Constitution was designed: to give the people the right to choose their leader, and then let leaders debate the choices that best look out for the citizens.
I do not agree with our current U.S. President on many issues, and I am deeply concerned about his lack of leadership in the coronavirus crisis facing our country. I have seen the country go through several various military wars and always admired the patriotic way the American people have supported the use of their tax dollars in times of war.
The coronavirus is a new kind of war that our country is fighting. Many people have died and tens of thousands will become sick from this dreaded disease. Yet this president, instead of being concerned about the death of the people of America, seems to want to deny that we have a health crisis going on. He asked the Congress to give billions of dollars to the military, to give a half a billion to his multi-national corporate friends who ship many of our jobs overseas. He establishes concentration camps for innocent migrant children and wants to build a useless wall.
It is time to look after the taxpaying citizens of the United States of America, a democracy, not a kingdom or a dictatorship.
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union (IUBAC),
former Business Manager of Bricklayers Local 1