He is a Deplorable Human Being

This is what my iPhone’s newsfeed looked like this morning.22C47E72-7CEB-4503-B644-0F85E94D6501We have a man in the Oval Office who doesn’t have an iota of empathy, cares only about how things affect him, and who only knows how to use force and intimidation to get his way.

Last night, from within a secure bunker deep inside the White House, Donald Trump threatened demonstrators outside the White House with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” And he warned that the Secret Service was prepared to use them against the demonstrators.

Attorney General Bill Barr said he is sending federal “riot” teams to Washington, D.C. and Miami in an attempt to quell violent clashes between protesters and police. Federal riot teams? Really?

And, of course most Republican lawmakers are either standing squarely behind Trump, are echoing his calls to “dominate” the protesters, or are silently fiddling away while our country burns.

Is this what has become of my country? It breaks my heart.

Common Sense or a Lack Thereof

In a post from earlier this week, Di, over at Pensitivity101, wrote, “Common sense seems to have gone out of the window.” That, my friends, is an understatement.

Take, for example the case of a woman who was angry that the dining area at a McDonald’s was closed due to the restrictions in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. So what did she do to express her anger? She took out her gun and opened fire, wounding three McDonald’s employees. I mean talk about a lack of common sense. What was this woman thinking when she decided to eat at a McDonald’s? That food will kill you!

But seriously folks, what the hell is going on inside people’s heads?Virus Outbreak OhioHeavily armed protesters are crowded together, few wearing masks, at state houses all across the country wanting to open things up again, and carrying around stupid signs like these.DAD41AED-F69A-424C-8EDE-0D0863158C6DDo they want to get sick and possibly die in the name of “freedom” and “liberty” in order to mingle, go to tattoo parlors, and dine-in at restaurants?

I’m not a person of faith, at least not in the religious or spiritual sense. But I’ve always had faith in my country. I’ve always felt that, for the most part, America was a good country to live in and that most Americans, outside of the extremes on both the far right and far left, displayed at least a modicum of common sense and a shared sense of common interests. That’s not to say that I thought of the United States as perfect or its citizens as exemplary. To believe that would be naive and stupid.

But recent history has proved me wrong about the nature of my country and its people. My faith in America is now gone and I’m feeling a profound sense of loss. There seems to be an  inherent madness in Americans. A madness based on our willingness to believe in whatever fiction best comforts us — or enrages us. In the face of overwhelming uncertainty, we desperately seek some ground to stand on, even if that ground does not actually exist.

But I guess we Americans got what we deserved. We elected a reality show TV host as president, one who likes to pretend to be the country’s leader but has no idea how to actually lead a country.

So you’re right, Di, common sense seems to, indeed, have gone out of the window.

Weekly Prompts — People

For this week’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge, we are asked to look through our photo collection and post pictures of people.

Ever since the abomination, Donald Trump, became president, my wife and I have been attending rallies protesting all of the unconscionable things he and his sycophants in Congress have been doing to this country and the environment.

I’ve been impressed by the variety of people who have joined in these protests. All genders, races, nationalities, and ages have shown up.

So, for today’s photo prompt, below are some pictures of the people who we came across at those rallies.C0195C85-25AE-4D06-B41C-9A9BEF9BBB4694BB20F7-5789-440A-BC46-92684BEA1A8097FD9DCB-D727-4B70-978F-236C61C651C8290B594E-9746-4C9E-B74C-17C42D3FF648F01CEB7F-AFF9-4436-B42E-ABD5637B99E5B793967B-F295-433F-B2B9-EC0737FAF0A5

Rally Fatigue

I think it was number seven. Perhaps number eight. Or number nine. I don’t know. I’ve lost count.

The first one was the day after the inauguration. My wife wore her knitted pink pussy hat to that one. There were thousands of people there. And then there was the one protesting the Muslim ban. The one protesting the attempt to repeal Obamacare. The one protesting the new tax laws. The one to protest the administration’s assault on women’s reproductive rights. The one to protest the rollback of environmental protections and the denial of science and climate change. And the one to protest the separation of children from their parents who were seeking asylum in the United States.

Yesterday’s rally was to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. There were banners and signs. There was music. There were local politicians and other speakers.

D92F7195-7EF0-400F-9DCC-4D108696118B7BC4450C-8189-4D2A-B98E-C7EEACDEA111AAAC8327-253D-4F3D-A597-B2F7C534F57FThe only thing that was missing were the protesters. Maybe 500 or so people actually showed up at City Hall. Not tens of thousands like there were on January 21, 2017. Not the thousands who protested the Muslim ban, the Obamacare repeal, the tax laws, threats to women’s rights, science and climate change denials, and family separations. Not even close to a thousand people showed up yesterday.

I’ve noticed that with each rally to protest Trump-related actions, the crowd sizes have grown smaller. I don’t think the drop off in participation is because the purposes for the rallies are less important, less critical. I think it’s a case of rally fatigue.

Trump has given us so many reasons to protest and to march and to rally. There new are causes to fight with every passing week and I fear that people are growing tired and numb and frustrated because nothing is changing. So what’s the point?

We can’t get lazy. We can’t give up. We can’t be apathetic. That’s what got us here in the first place.

We must continue to resist, to protest, to rally, to march, to make our voices heard if we don’t want Trumpism to become the new American normal.

WPC — The Election

For this week’s he Weekly Photo Challenge, we are asked to do some visual storytelling with our photography. So here’s my story.

Once upon a time, despite losing the popular vote, a man was elected to the office of President of the United States. This upset many people, since the man who won is an immoral, xenophobic, racist, misogynistic moron.

And so the people took to the streets to protest his election.

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The people are still hoping that their story will have a happy ending.