Donald, you are done

Donald, you are done.

You conned half of America.

Your meanness and crassness captured the imagination of many.

You abused the insecurities of vulnerable Americans. You played to their social fears. You expanded their confusion, exasperating their lack of information with misinformation, abusing their poor education.

At the beginning you were the shiny new object. As the evil con man you are, you oftentimes used a kernel of truth to frame your hate and vile ideas. However, at the end you had disintegrated to a pathetic pile of manure, demonstrating your complete incompetence, lack of empathy, and extreme self-centeredness.

You never cared about others. You never even owned a dog!

Yet, many vulnerable souls still believe in you and will dearly miss you. And quite a few others – those that used you as a useful idiot – will also miss you.

Your insolence is such that you are willing to instill doubt in the conscience of America and sow the seed of destruction of democracy just so you can say “I did not lose.” You are one mean-spirited human being.

You have belittled those that are committed to public service in government. You have abused your position of power to – without proof – shame the good folks that work our election system. You have tried to discredit science. You have shown no empathy to those dying of covid or those staffing the health care facilities.

(And in the four years of your Presidency you never ever once uttered a negative comment about Russia’s Putin. We still wonder why.)

You’ve left us more divided. You have unleashed a wave of hate. You have damaged our reputation. You have insulted and degraded many a good people. You have used the office of the Presidency to spout lies after lies after lies, daily, day after day after day.

You left us more broken.

But, we’ve been there before. And we’ve pulled through. Not perfectly – far from it. But, pulled through nonetheless.

We know we will always have with us a fringe of America that cares only about themselves, misuses the principles of individualism, and clings on to cultish ideologies. They have always been with us. We can’t lock them all up. There are no acceptable laws that will make them or their wild ideas go away. You certainly gave them license to be more visible and even grow in numbers. But, they remain a fringe.

They remain the confused, abused, and misguided America. And, they also remain our fellow Americans. Not to be discarded, nor insulted, nor dismissed. They are mostly good people that have been conned.

Donald, America is better than you. We are mostly an aspirational, good-will people, with warts and all. Rockus, argumentative, disinterested at time, easily swayed by rampant consumerism and over-the-top entertainment. A long way from perfect. But collectively hopeful, believing in the goodness of each other, willing to collaborate, committed to community.

We will rebuild the mess you left us. Better.

Donald, you are done.

Tilt. Game over.

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Welcome back to Trump’s America. Regardless.

Welcome back to Trump’s America. Regardless.

(Note: This is a continuation of previous post “What to make of life in the likelihood of four more years of Trump’s America?”)

Feeling melancholic. Yet hopeful. Regardless.

Not giving up. Will fight. Regardless.

Prayerfully. And respectfully. Regardless.
 
The results of this election are not just about winning or losing. The results of this election are about the realization that 1/2 our countrymen/women are ok with living in a nation ruled by a power base that represents a minority of the population, and has no interest in democracy, dialogue, diplomacy, decency, or discernment, nor reaching out to the other 1/2 of their countrymen/women. 
 
If Trump wins, we will know what it feels like to live in a country subjected to the whims of the ruling minority. Some of us have known. Think about it. In places like our Cuba people live their lives subjected to the will of a ruling class that represents mostly the military and entrenched top Party leaders – probably no more than 20% of the population. In the US 1/2 our countrymen/women are ok with living in a country subjected to a ruler that is kept in power by mostly the less educated, rural whites, religious evangelicals, and a strange, convenient quilt of single issue interests (abortion, tax breaks, judiciary restructuring) supported by the hyper-conservative affluent class.
 
Welcome back to Trump’s America. Regardless.
 

What to make of life in the likelihood of four more years of Trump’s America?

What to make of life in the likelihood of four more years of Trump’s America?

Make no decision in time of desolation.

Yet, discernment must begin. It did already. Last night, after the horrible showings and before going to bed.

This election changes every aspect of my life:

  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Professional
  • Physical
  • Financial

Regardless of how the final numbers come in, certain things are clear:

  • Half of Americans have voted for autocracy, authoritarianism, the cult of personality, and a judiciary subjected to the whims of the President.
  • Half of Americans have no issue with a President that lies, cheats, divides, and has no interest in reaching out to those who did not vote for him – except unless, of course, if they are willing to succumb to his unquestionable dictates.
  • Half of Americans are seemingly ok with the rising numbers of cases and deaths due to an uncontrolled pandemic; regulations that denigrate the environment; and, an economic system that clearly favors the wealthy.
  • Half of Americans welcome a combative, fighting, go-at-it-alone foreign policy, including tightening immigration laws without regards to human rights principles or consequences.
  • Half of Americans sternly believe that the poor can best be helped by providing more tax breaks to the rich, limiting public assistance, and keeping them safe by militarizing the police.

To the half of Americans that voted for Trump these positions are not theoretical or aspirational. They are in fact in place today as a result of Trump’s Presidency over the last four years – and they like them.

That is what this election has proven.

Now the question to all of us that did not vote for him is: 

  • What do we do? 
  • How do we live in Trump’s America for the foreseeable future – regardless of how the election results turn out in the next day or week? 
  • Do we engage them, retreat and distance from their noise, or resist (if Trump wins) or respect (if Biden wins)? 

… more discernment as news develops.

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