Of all the things our humble experiment in democracy called the United State of America is, one of the building blocks is opportunity.
Here, you can succeed at anything, from learning how to hit a curve ball to achieving financial stability.
You’ve just got to work at it. And it ain’t easy.
Another building block is the concept of giving back to build a better nation. This can take several forms, from volunteer work in the community to giving to a favorite charity.
As a nation, we should be encouraging these efforts.
Too bad the current occupant of the White House doesn’t.
In a disgusting Tweet Friday night, President Trump not only turned up his attacks on the media but went after one of the world’s great sports stars in LeBron James.
If you don’t know what the president wrote, you missed a beaut.
Let’s face it, there’s no love lost between the president and James, who not only supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, but has been very vocal in his criticism of Trump, to the point of stating neither participant in this past season’s NBA Finals would likely visit the White House.
And while I imagine there’s still some gnashing of teeth and a jersey or two aflame after James left the Cavaliers – again – at the end of the season, how could anyone not like what he’s doing for the children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio?
Last week, James announced the launch of the I Promise School, in collaboration with the Akron Public Schools, which features not only comprehensive educational opportunities, but help for their families in obtaining a GED and job placement.
Students who complete the I Promise curriculum will also receive scholarships to the University of Akron.
What a wonderful way to boost the fortunes of the children of Akron. A sentiment shared by nearly everyone except the president.
Was it because of James’ support of Clinton? Was it his disagreements with the president? Or was it, as many have speculated, another racial attack (He also took a swipe at CNN’s Don Lemon, also a frequent Trump critic)?
Regardless, it was another unpresidential moment in an unpresidential administration.
Here was a moment to promote an investment in the public education system that has served so many Americans well.
But what else should we have expected from an administration that wants to arm teachers and keep campuses safe from grizzly bear attacks?
How’d that whole Trump University thing work out anyway?