I Simply Do Not Care For Much Of Nation Following Election Of Trump

I first voted for president in 1980, but it was not until 1992 that a candidate I cast a ballot for won election.  Then there would be the trying years starting in 2001 that lasted until 2009.  But through it all I never once felt somehow estranged from the rest of the nation.  Never once did I feel that my fellow citizens who voted differently were somehow ‘the other’, or that they were anything other than run-of-the mill voters who had very different perspectives on policy than the ones I held.

But that is not at all how I feel since the election victory of Donald Trump.  I feel like there is a distinct and truly disturbing segment of the nation that is not at all like the one I had once thought was the other ‘half’ of this place I call home.  I feel that a large unruly, uneducated, angry, and reckless mass of voters demonstrated their true character on Election Day.  As a result they placed themselves on a level that I can not condone or abide.

I was amused as some people on Facebook had the audacity to request that now, following one of the most pitiful displays of politics, that everyone just come together and let bygones be bygones and allow a new spirit to join us as one.  Clearly the irony challenged live among us!

There is no way I want to wrap my arms in any figurative way around what has passed this year in politics.  When some wanted us to believe this election was like choosing between Coke or Pepsi and make it seem our vote was not about a most extreme turn of events should Trump win, I simply wondered how gullible voters really had become.   We soon found out as the most base came out in droves and supported the very things we were taught in our young years to never allow ourselves to partake in.  We saw the ugly side of human nature win out.

And I want no part of it.

While I understand the governing elements must allow for a smooth transition of power does not require me to link hands in any way with those who so thoughtlessly threw this nation off the cliff. Any embrace that gives comfort or aid to all that which is wrong is in itself wrong.  I will lend no support to those who have paved the way for bigotry or racism to find a place to perch and find a home.

I have always been fact-based even before I knew there was such a reason to be so defined.  I can not countenance the ignorant and shameful who live in this land.  The ones who I long felt were just differing on taxes and regulations, as the recent vote totals show, also fundamentally differ with me on morals, religious tolerance, and the need to decrease bigotry and racism.

Late last night on WGN radio I heard the words of Eric Berg read to the listeners spread out over 32 states.  His words moved me to get up in the darkness and write his name on a piece of paper so to find them in the morning online.  I feel he has stated it perfectly and applaud and agree completely.




What About The Mitt Romney Meeting With Donald Trump?

So much that seemed impossible or totally irrational has come to fruition this year–so take that as a notice when thinking about what the rational side of me has to comment about the upcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney.  But my gut tells me I am correct.

There is certainly a deceiving underhand to the media when Donald Trump puts out the names of a variety of people who are supposedly in play for a cabinet position.  Following the truly concerning selection of Mike Flynn as National Security Advisor it is very important to the world community that a seasoned realist be appointed as Secretary of State.

The controversies and ethical baggage around Flynn are problematic. For starters, there are Flynn’s statements about Islam and Muslims.  “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL: please forward this to others: the truth fears no questions,” he tweeted back in February. Critics have argued that Flynn is too cozy to Russia, pointing to a trip to Moscow in which he spent time with Vladimir Putin, as well as a paid speaking engagement with state-run Russia Today. There are questions about his management style, given that he was fired as DIA director.  And then there is last night’s report from Yahoo, which said he began receiving national security briefings last summer while still advising foreign clients

There are many nerves to be calmed not only in this country but in the major capitals of the world.  Bombast and crazy talk is not the way the diplomatic community works so there is great hope riding on the Romney forces to rise to the moment this weekend.

But that is not the way I see events playing out, even though I would welcome Romney taking State.

I firmly think Trump is playing the country with the suggestion that Romney could be asked to be Secretary.  It is nothing but a blatant attempt to use Romney.  Let us not forget there is tremendous disdain for Romney from Trump, and an equal if not stronger amount of the same from Romney towards Trump.  These are not just guys from the same political party who opposed each other, but real enemies who do not in any way share world views.

Romney will play the role of a world leader that he was aiming for when he sought the presidency by visiting Trump.  But he will not stoop to kiss the ring of the racist and out-of-touch Trump.  There is certainly a high-calling within Romney for being a public servant–that is without question even if one differs with his policy goals.  But there is also an honorable side to Romney which would be severely undermined if he were to serve in an administration as strained from facts and morals as Trump’s surely will be.

I sense everyone knows the role they will play this weekend and all that is required now is the doorman to allow entrance to one of the actors who has too much class to do anything other than to show up.

This will leave the world still in a most nervous place.  But that is our fate for the next four years.