I try a little bit more everyday to understand other people, to accept them and try not to judge them too harshly. The first thing I seem to see everyday waking up and reading the news is a new Tweet or a series of Tweets from Donald Trump. The President of the United States.
That used to be a title that begrudgingly held honor and demanded some level of respect even at my most anarchic and pessimistic. The White house was a place of reverence, duty and judgement for better of for worse. Now it's a f*cking reality show, and the Presidency means nothing to me.
I have a small library of biographies of the Presidents, and more on the history of the United States, because despite greatly disliking the psychology of those who call themselves patriots, wrap themselves up in the flag and possess images of bad ass looking Bald Eagles I do love my country and what it stands for in theory. Despite all of the travesties and injustices it has done; evils that I cannot condone or the comparatively short history as so frequently pointed out by countries with much older stories, it's mine.
I try to think about the divisions of the time of Revolutionary War, the sharply divided schisms of early political minds and parties, and Pre-Civil War era divisions and thinking of the despair and resentment that must have been felt on both sides. I try to remember that those men and women must have felt a great deal of despair, fear, and worry, and I try to remember that this, hopefully will be one more past division for my children to remember only vaguely as that greater history continues. and those wounds and divisions heal and it's people march forward into a new chapter of American coexistence.
I sincerely hope that be the case.
Sorry for being sappy, but I for one have very real and legitimate fears. I'll put aside my anger and admit my cowardice in lashing out at uncertainty. My resentments at a direction I see as both shameful and the greatest single mistake this country has made in decades, and that's saying quite a bit given the global climate that we as a nation have greatly contributed to it's current plight, and what I truly believe is yet it's darkest hour, and I honestly don't believe most of the men and women in this nation understand the full gravity of the implications and irresponsibility that we have collectively unleashed upon the world, and the mar upon the face of our values and traditions, in particular those that are unanimously recognized despite our political differences.
I hope and pray that damage is done quickly, mercifully, and with the least long term effects so that my children might grow up and be proud of where they come from and the history of their homeland, while having the mind to embrace the world and humanity as a whole. Not in nationalism but as an aspect of their greater persons.
I don't believe that the millions of Americans that voted for Donald Trump are all racist, or hicks, or even white or male. I do believe they were and possibly still are given his 37% approval rating prior to even taking the oath of office amidst scandals concerning some of our greatest political rivals, and thoughts of retribution against us by those who a few short months ago were cordial and amiable allies, misguided, and greatly mistaken in their judgment.
Only time will tell where this path leads for better of for worse.
Assassins: It's because they are too confused and defensive to be analytical or logical while they lash out at others when they themselves don't know who or what they are.