It is nigh on impossible to reason with passion, and therefore I have no doubt that anything I write will dissuade the staunchest of Trump supporters from distancing themselves from him.

While I’m not sure just how much I have in common with my neighbors here in Easton and elsewhere on the Eastern Shore, I do believe that most of us are extremely dissatisfied with our country’s lawmakers. I am, to say the least, disappointed, with the way in which the branches our federal government conduct their day-to-day business. It is, after all, our government, and it belongs to us, the people, and to no one else.

There is one thing I learned from my service in U.S. Navy, and that was the value of “teamwork.” And, while admittedly, what I don’t know far exceeds what I do, it is my firm belief that, in D.C., there exists a very strong resistance to work together. Many blame the House of Representatives for the lack of accomplishment, while I assign responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the president.

The following three quotes illustrate the teamwork traits that are missing from this administration.

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." — Henry Ford

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." — Michael Jordan

"Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." — Patrick Lencioni (American author)

For the record, I am, and have always been, a “never-Trumper.” He, and those around him, make it difficult to believe that he acts in the best interests of America. Neither he nor those around him can in no way be identified as team builders.

In years past, for the most part, I’ve always somehow managed to ignore the “noise” emanating from D.C., even though from time to time I had been upset with the decisions made. But the sounds that now originate from D.C. give me pause. There is a belligerence within the daily discourse that should make any American uneasy. His “tweets” and impromptu public pronouncements are testaments to his divisive personality.

I want nothing more than for the country of which I am a citizen to be successful. And with that comes my sincere hope the president is successful, too. A failed president can never, ever be good for the United States. But the idea of teamwork is impossible with the current administration, and the probability of the four Trump years being remembered as advancing American interests grow slimmer by the day.

SHELBY J. BARNES

Easton

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