Taking a look backward about fifty years, back to the late Sixties and early Seventies, I used to be active in the anti-Vietnam War/anti-Nixon protest movement. It was a turbulent time in America; a time when a lot of people felt divided, alienated, and disenfranchised.
Ultimately the U.S. cried uncle and gave up engaging in that unwinnable war. Sadly, so many young men lost their lives in the Vietnam, and those who made it back home were treated very poorly, even though they, as individuals, most of whom were drafted into military service, were not responsible for that unjust, unnecessary war.
Now flash forward to 2020 and we see the build up of yet another turbulent time in America. Another time when large segments of the population feel just as divided, alienated, and disenfranchised as they did fifty years ago. Maybe even more so.
People are, once again, taking to the streets, staging large protests.But what is different now than then is that these protests are not about a war. They are about the very fabric of our American society. Back then, Richard Nixon, the corrupt president, resigned, the war ended, and America came together to heal.
But Donald Trump, an even more corrupt and morally bankrupt president than Nixon, is not going to resign. And the American institutions that have stood for 250 years are crumbling beyond repair. I don’t believe our country will be able to weather the Trump storm.
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, where the topic is “protest.” Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (backwards), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (alienate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (uncle), The Daily Spur (Service), Your Daily Word Prompt (responsible), and Jibber Jabber (build).