U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova, a Fox News talking head and friend of President Trump, recently said, “We are in a civil war . . . The suggestion that there’s ever going to be civil discourse in this country for the foreseeable future is over. . . . It’s going to be total war.”
Not only does America feel like a grape about to pop, but so does the world. Everything is messy. Whether it is Michael Cohen dishing out dirty stories on the president, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau getting caught in scandals or Mexico trying to reshape its role on the world’s stage, the world is cracking. But while these are angry times, hope still lives in the hearts of each of the world’s citizens, and that hope must remain to get through these dark times.
The world’s stage has been here before. Whether it was Hitler’s attack on democracy or in 2003 and 2004, when America’s allies abandoned us after the War in Iraq was a bust. The world has been separated before, with lame duck leadership, but there are answers to such hard, existential questions.
In Mexico, there is a new wave of leadership, and this leadership is trying to end years of corruption and bias in favor of the drug cartels and against revolutionary leaders who wanted to create a real economy that supported the Mexican people. While President Donald Trump has been vocal against our neighbor to the south, they have tried to remain the class act.
Recently, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that he will open national archives, showing how Mexico’s intelligence agencies tried to silence opposition groups during Mexico’s “dirty war.”
“They will be opened up so that citizens can have access to them, above all investigators. It is a part of our program to strengthen our national historic memory,” said President Obrador. “We lived for decades under an authoritarian regime which limited freedoms and persecuted those who struggled for social change.”
This is the template of how positive change begins. Yes, there are sins of the fathers, but hopeful leadership must step up and, in this case, it is.
Meanwhile in Canada, the once-anointed one, Prime Minister Trudeau, and several senior government officials pressured the former attorney general to drop corruption charges against a large construction company. Trudeau’s political opposition sent police a letter requesting them to investigate, calling for Trudeau to resign.
“He can no longer, and in good standing with a clear conscience, lead this nation,” said Conservative Andrew Scheer, who wants to replace Trudeau.
What the conservative parties of our neighbors to the north don’t understand is that this type of divisive behavior is what has kept America from finding real solutions and working across the aisle. With power comes the ability of leaders to make choices. George W. Bush gave churches benefits and Barack Obama gave Planned Parenthood more freedom to act as it liked.
Then there is Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, spilling the beans on his former boss’ relationship with Russia:
“Mr. Trump knew of and directed the Trump-Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign, and lied about it. He lied because he never expected to win the election. He also lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars on the Moscow real-estate project.”
When Congressman Elijah Cummings heard Cohen’s testimony, he didn’t rush to rejoice in gossip about the president. Instead, he saw it as a man trying to come to terms with the way he lives. Cohen is going to prison soon, but on his way out, what some see as being a rat, can also be seen as a way to redirect the conversation. And that is the hope we can take from these angry times.
Mr. Cummings said these powerful words: “The one meeting I had with the president, I said, ‘The greatest gift we can give to our children is making sure we give them a democracy that is better than the one we came upon.’ ” He hoped all of us can get “the democracy we want,” and pass it on to our children, “so they can do better than we did.”
And that is what we all hope for. Both domestically and abroad.