Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dog Eat Dog World?

I have been sat talking with associates about the political state of affairs on a world-wide stage, and the subject of Donald Trump came up.

Of the half dozen conservatives - ALL Christians - interacting in the conversation all but one supported his bid for the White House. I quietly said: "Trumps business dealings are far too 'iffy.' " And I proceeded to relate what little I knew, which included the reality that Trump hotels and casinos in Atlantic City have filed for bankruptcy protection three times, and the State Attorney General of Texas had dealings with the "Trump University" when a demand was made to stop using the term "university"... a business which seems to have left a number of victims in it's wake. People like myself who have lost life savings, and been left in precarious situations.

Several actually defended Trump, while one put the whole situation into a nutshell by claiming that "this is the American Way. Trump is a capitalist and this type of business dealings is what the United States was built upon."

I suddenly found myself sat with tears running down my face as the reality of what I was reading hit me. Quite truthfully it makes no difference to me whom runs for office, but the mere thought that White Collar Crime was seen as the "American Way" cut me right to my core. And it may have answered why my predicament has been such a long. lonely walk without any relief in sight.If people believe that the victims of fraud and embezzlement somehow "deserved" it and are merely by-products of a savvy enterprising individuals. If it's funny instead of tragic, if we think it's inevitable instead of preventable then there is simply no hope for me.

The $450 "minimum amount" restitution Robert Huckins had to pay on or before the 10th of April still has not arrived.. and I am in a state of desperate panic to find a way to get into a home. All I can do is cry... My oldest daughter assured me that it's just a stress release, but.. well... I am so terrified that I won't be able to get into a house before winter. So scared.

Never, "for the sake of peace and quiet," deny your own experience or convictions. ~ Dag Hammarskjold