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  • Commentary: Never Too Late To Learn, Mr. President

    first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a word Donald Trump needs to learn.Consequence.At present, there’s little evidence that the president of the United States understands that actions – his actions – have results.Nor does he seem to grasp that human beings of mature and moral sensibility must take responsibility for those results – for the consequences of the things they have done.In just a few days, Trump has thrown the world into a state of turmoil.His hurried and thoughtless decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has led to bloodshed. Israeli troops have fired, again and again, on Palestinian protestors, leaving bodies stacked in the streets and the sand in somber tribute to the U.S. president’s determination to make a “statement.”Trump implied his predecessors in the White House, both Republican and Democrat, hadn’t moved the embassy because they lacked his courage.Another possible – and more likely – explanation is that they reasoned that what amounted to a symbolic gesture wasn’t worth the loss of human life.They weren’t reckless.They thought about the consequences of their actions.Similarly, this president pulled the United States out of the deal to denuclearize Iran. His half-baked rationale for doing so was that it wasn’t a perfect deal because it didn’t completely humiliate and humble Iran.But perfect deals don’t exist in a flawed world – particularly between self-governing republics and tyrannical theocracies.That’s why more realistic and responsible leaders around the globe worked on structuring an arrangement with Iran that focused on drawing that tortured country back into the family of nations. The hope was that, over time, the deal not only would result in Iran disarming, but that increased intercourse between other nations and that country would work to weaken the Iranian autocracy.The European democracies still want to see that happen, which is why they’re not abandoning the Iranian deal – but they are abandoning any notion that the United States, under this president, will exert any constructive leadership in the world.Thus, in pulling out of the deal, President Trump not only has increased tensions in an already testy part of the world, but he’s also damaged our relationships with longstanding allies.In addition to standing with us during times of trouble, many of those allies also are important trading partners.We’ve now given them a reason to doubt whether we Americans keep our word.Another consequence of a heedless act.Nor was it the only one.For weeks, President Trump has been touting his upcoming “summit” meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He saw it as a vindication of his “ready-fire-aim” approach to diplomacy.The North Korean government, though, watched how the Trump administration handled its relationship with Iran and our European allies.Now, Kim apparently doubts that the United States will honor any commitment it makes. And he understands that the only “deal” Trump will want is one that involves an abject surrender from North Korea.For that reason, he doesn’t see much point in talking with Trump about denuclearizing or diminishing tensions in any other way on the Korean peninsula and elsewhere.All these events were predictable and are connected. They’re driven by a U.S. president who thinks looking before he leaps is a sign of weakness.A president who never thinks about consequences.Not long ago, Donald Trump’s amen corner – which included the three Republican candidates for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat – wanted to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize.If they really wanted to do something to help the cause, Trump’s supporters could get the president something much more useful.A lesson, a dictionary or thesaurus – anything that might school him to the fact that what he does matters.That his actions have consequences.It’s a lesson we can hope he’ll learn before any more people are killed.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.  This article was posted by the CCO without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Place More Emphasis on Curbing Domestic Abuse

    first_imgMIAMI, Florida – It is unfortunate that in the modern, fast-paced news cycle with bombastic breaking and headline news every day, some of the news that affects the daily lives of the men and women in the street seem to be glossed over, and hardly paid attention to. One of these things is the scourge of domestic abuse and violence.Recently, here in South Florida, there has been news of prominent athletes who have been sacked by their teams for abusing their female partners. Also, locally and in the Caribbean, there is news of lives being lost to domestic abuse. It’s heart-rending that one of the factors contributing to the stubborn high incidence of violent crime in the Caribbean is domestic violence and abuse.The lives of far too many women and children have been lost as a result of domestic violence, and far too many families and homes destroyed and scarred.Domestic violence is a scourge that has inflicted societies globally for centuries. In some countries as despicable as domestic violence against women is this is not seen as a scourge, as women are completely subversive to men. However, this is not accepted in the Western Hemisphere, definitely not in the Caribbean or North America.However, domestic violence occurs daily taking a serious toll on households—regardless of race, class and economic status—across the United States and the Caribbean. Millions of children have been seriously emotionally scarred by the occurrence. Domestic violence also makes a serious impact on the economy from loss of man-hours and the cost of finding secure refuge for abused women and children, and for funding related law enforcement and incarcerating the abusers.Despite action, including a national law against domestic violence, and aggressive action by law enforcement, incidents of domestic abuse continue unabated. Most of this abuse even within families and close neighbors may not be known for only a relative few cases are reported or make the news cycle.Recent studies indicate that modern stresses, especially financial and work-related stresses, and the impact of social media in exposing infidelity and other behaviors adverse to domestic relationships. are contributing to the persistence of domestic abuse.Although men are normally seen as the perpetrators of domestic violence on their female partners it isn’t unusual for men from the Caribbean to say it’s the “system” in America that brands them as perpetrators of domestic violence. Some men claim in the Caribbean certain abusive behavior meted out to their female partners and children is more tolerated and acceptable, but on coming to America they feel “disrespected” by their women. This is so because it’s not unusual if they attempt to abuse their women, the women will call in law enforcement, and the risk of arrest looms. Some men even complain they are “set up” by their women;  “provoked” into acting violently, leading to their arrest.The fact is whether living in the Caribbean or America, men of whatsoever social standing, regardless of the circumstances of their romantic relationship or marriage must strive restraint and refrain from using violence on a woman.But men are not the sole perpetrators of domestic abuse. Although some women may not resort to physical violence, some use words as weapons or portray actions that demean and humiliate their men.  There definitely is such a thing as verbal domestic abuse.There are incidences where men from the Caribbean on relocating to America, because of the inability to find employment or being underemployed, are unable to make similar economic contributions they made to their households in the Caribbean. They find themselves depending on their women who are usually more fortunate in finding employment. Several of these men complain their women constantly throw this dependency in their faces making them feel “less than a man” and hopeless.  Women who act this way are guilty of domestic mental and verbal abuse.Neither domestic physical nor mental abuse is acceptable, but these acts of abuse are happening daily, undisclosed in thousands of households across America and the Caribbean.Sadly, laws, adverse publicity, counseling, and other measures have not curtailed domestic abuse. These incidents can only stop if men and women who are inclined to be abusive learn to really respect each other, or realize when a relationship has reached the point where physical blows or humiliating words become more prevalent than love, respect and reconciliation it may be better to use their legs to walk away, rather than their arms and lips to abuse their partners and destroy themselves and their families.They should always remember that one of the negative results of domestic abuse is the lasting scars it leaves on the life of their children, a scar that has the potential of ruining them from establishing strong families in the future,last_img read more