It seems that every day we are confronted with a new outrage from our president. One day he’s accusing the former president of illegally wiretapping him while he was a candidate, the next day defending a serial misogynist, the day after that, congratulating foreign leader on anti-democratic actions or outright killings of drug suspects. Throw in the lies, faux pas, seeming ignorance of history and childish response via tweets to criticism and you get a view of the last 100 days in America. All this is going on while in the background we have an ongoing FBI investigation into his campaign’s connection with the Russian interference in our election and his continued conflicts with his businesses and refusing to disclose the extent of his business connections with foreign entities. Continue reading “Holding Enablers Accountable”
We’re two days into the Trump administration. The sun still shines and life goes on as usual. Amid the dark dystopian message in his inaugural address, the continued propagation of “alternative facts” in his address to the CIA, and the devious campaign to discredit the main stream media, we see small green shoots of hope. First the Women’s March in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other US cities as well as foreign capitals around the world foretells, should it be sustained, an encouraging level of resistance to the Trump agenda. Additional in Davos, Switzerland, site of the summit on climate change, we see signs of other countries taking up that mantle of leadership of the Climate Change Initiative that Trump has threatened to abandon.
Admittedly, we have a long way to go (1459 days and counting) but, thankfully, it is more probable that most of the horrors that we imagine will not come to past. As President Obama aptly remarked in his last press conference, “…the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world.” It could very well be that Trump is the shock we need to kick start the change that Dr. King dreamed and President Obama hoped would come.
As I begin this blog I am filled with sadness, anger, incredulity and despair; the full spectrum of emotions at the recent election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. The enormity of that result cannot be exaggerated. This is on the level of the world being found to be flat, aliens landing in central park or Big Foot being captured. All of what we generally accepted to be true about the world has been shaken to the core. We accept that there is a wide political divide among Americans and that such divisions may lead to heated arguments and sometimes distasteful actions but for the most part we carry on with our lives with the belief that those in positions of power are sane and have a modicum level of responsibility not to blow up the world. That assurance was based on the belief in the collective wisdom of the American people not to allow such a thing to happen. Continue reading “Mourning In America”