We have reached the end of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, and it has been every bit the wild ride that was predicted.
From Twitter wars with the judiciary and other world leaders to Republican infighting over both health care and tax reform to the ongoing investigation into Russia and its role in the 2016 election to multiple resignations over sexual misconduct, the political landscape has been surreal.
While there is much that could be changed for the better in 2018, we will focus on three things we would like to see next year. Given the tenor of this year, these are probably unlikely, but a new year brings new hope.
- Bipartisan work on health care. The removal of the individual mandate as part of the recently passed tax reform bill is likely to throw the health care markets into chaos. Republicans and Democrats should work together on a bill that will serve Americans and their health needs.
- Renewed respect for the judiciary and its responsibility. First, judges should not be maligned simply because they make rulings that a certain party doesn’t like. The judiciary is a crucial part of our government, and its authority must be respected. Second, that level of responsibility means that judges need to be qualified. Regardless of political ideology, giving somebody who doesn’t have the tools to sit on the bench a lifetime appointment is a bad idea.
- Favoring country over party. Along those lines, the wellbeing of the United States is more important than the success of either political party. Deeply flawed candidates like Roy Moore should not be supported just because they will help your numbers. And the possibility that Russia—or any foreign power—might have affected an election should not be shrugged off just because that election went in your party’s favor.
There is much work to be done in 2018. Hopefully that work can be accomplished, and in a less contentious manner than we’ve seen this year.
Happy New Year!