Dear America, You let it happen, so what are you going to do about it

So the first round of the tumult and the shouting has died and those Captains and Kings with enough Brownie points to be invited to the knees-up have long since departed, but so far there’s not a lot of evidence to suggest an humble and a contrite heart.

You have to give it to him, though. The Orange President is doing what he said he’d do, no doubt up to his eyeballs in glee at all that lovely power, and smacking his chops as he implements his plans to make the rich richer, the poor disappear in a gurgle of untreated ill health, Islam illegal and the rest of the world irrelevant, or grovelling with good old shock and awe. (Good luck with that. The rest of the world is actually not as stupid or easily impressed as he might think.)

But here’s the thing, America: you put him there.

Whether you personally voted for him or not…
Whether, through apathy or disenchantment, you didn’t vote at all…
whether you need to overhaul the electoral system…
whether money talks so loudly now that it drowns out the voice of the people…
whether endemic hopelessness made Trump’s promises look like hope…
however it happened, you – the people of America – created an environment, either actively or passively, in which an ignorant megalomaniac backed by a majority of his own party in both houses and the untold wealth of corporate America, now has almost unlimited power and the wherewithal to blow us all to smithereens.

So what are you going to do about it?

Yes. I am being extremely harsh and insulting and part of me is sorry for that: the part that likes and respects you as individuals and knows how appalled many of you are. But part of me is very, very angry that the collective ‘you’ allowed this to happen: allowed a moral bankrupt who preached and is now practising hate, division and elitism, to attain a position where he can, has and will again play tiddlywinks with global détente and the personal lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

It is now time for the nation that claims to be the freest, bravest. most intelligent and progressive in the world to take responsibility for what it’s  has done.







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22 Responses to Dear America, You let it happen, so what are you going to do about it

  1. Aweni says:

    “The orange president” made me laugh. Just a bit. Brilliant not funny at all write up.

  2. Monicle says:

    I’m working with someone who is a Trump supporter and thinks ‘he’s doing great things’. It’s so disgusting, I keep begging him to stop talking but he just blusters on. and he’s Canadian! Yesterday there was a terrorist bombing in Quebec……. A white terrorist bombing a Mosque, killing six.
    It’s unbelievable that this is happening. The only good thing is that it is lighting a fire under a lot of complacent people, spurring them into action. Although I have to wonder how many of those people didn’t vote.

    • I can see – at a stretch – why people might think that what he’s doing will revive American industry and protect the US from ISIS. But that’s because they really have no idea about the rest of the world. I can see the attraction of making America a lovely safe and isolated nest for Americans and to hell with the rest of us. What they can’t see is that it’s far too late for that, it’s never going to work, and meanwhile, the rest of the world will say ‘to hell with you’ right back at them, and the result will not be pretty.

  3. AprilEsutton says:

    So what you you recommend “we” do now.

  4. Strangely enough, those Trump supporters have every right under our law to have supported Trump. Under our law, we have every right to do what we can to resist what we find he’s doing wrong. There are a lot of things happening right now directed toward that end. I think you might want to just sit back and watch the unfolding drama. This is an interesting historical moment and the first real test (since Nixon) of the American system. A lot of good is coming out of it — for the first time a large generation of formerly disaffected young people are not disaffected. More women are also heading toward public office. Scientists — who historically stay in their ivory tower and do science — are becoming politicized. We have an election in 2018 for seats in the congress and that could shift everything. This is all uncharted waters. And you don’t live here.

    • I agree with everything you say. It’s legal. It’s an interesting historical moment for America and hopefully, a time at which America will ask itself how it is that hopelessness became so entrenched that a person like this seemed to offer hope.It’s good to see people shake off their disaffection and their resignation. But that isn’t much consolation for the rest of the world, tied to America for years by its financial and political power and now given the two-fingered salute. You’re intelligent, Martha. And you know probably more than the majority of Americans about the rest of the world. This isn’t just about American domestic issues. It’s about the balance of world trade and world finance, and the dangers of overt national racism in a world already rife with racial tension. It’s also about the responsibilities and ethics of leadership (in this case Trump’s in relation to the people of America, and America’s in relation to the rest of the world) which I believe we disregard at our peril. Pompous and pretentious? Don’t care, really. I believe it too strongly to shut up about it.

      • I don’t think the first responsibility of this country is to the rest of the world. I believe in globalization because it indisputably exists, but philosophically I believe in the Monroe Doctrine — “Make no entangling alliances with foreign powers.” I know that, where China is concerned, there are no other nations. It is China and the world be damned. I also know that shopping/consumerism is the biggest article of faith in the mind of the average American. Buy stuff. I play a video game once in a while, Sim City, and the little “Sims” get happiness shopping. There are lots of little ironic details in the game like that. Americans get happiness shopping. Trump has a big focus on that and so far all he’s done is make good on his campaign promises. Today he did it again. He told drug manufacturers he’ll make it easier for them to bring factories back to the US by deregulating so that poor and/or elderly Americans don’t have to pay so much for drugs. That’s a good thing — I know people who need medication and can’t afford to buy it. There was a time when I was one of those people and I went to Mexico every month to fill my prescription.

        I don’t like the guy, but I think all we can do is sit back and wait and see. There is no other course open to anyone right now. I believe that a lot of what he’s done in the past 10 days has been intentionally to upset and disrupt. I believe he and his cronies are arch manipulators and one stragedy they have is to keep people off balance. I believe that the best thing people can do is keep their balance because they’re going to need it.

        You’re not here. You may not see/hear everything that’s being spewed in every direction. You are probably not watching the confirmation hearings for the douchebags he’s got lined up for his cabinet. Perhaps the full and deleterious extent of the damage caused by party politics isn’t in your frame of view and you should be glad.

        I wrote about that today on my blog. A lot of this is bullshit drama and many other presidents — JFK for one — were elected with no better mandate than this asshole has and other presidents — JFK again, for one — surrounded himself with unqualified staff and family members. Most of what is going on has gone on before, just without social media and Internet.

        Anyway, I’m done. Your anger and my anger and all the anger in the world is not going to change anything. What will change it is unlikely to happen because the Democratic party is as fucked up as the Republican. It’s their job right now to clean up their act and get viable, winning candidates out there for the 2018 elections. If they manage that then we will have a very different situation in Washington than we have right now. However, on the bright side, Trump does not have the unalloyed support of the Republican majority.

        You don’t have to shut up, but I’ll probably stop reading your blog. I’m very tired from all of this and don’t want to be manipulated in the midst of my impotency. You might want to have a look at my post from this morning.

      • It’s OK, I’m done as well as far as American politics goes, so I hope you’ll keep reading my blog when I get back to how hot it is today (31C), how I’m about to go for a swim and the plot for the novel I want to write to carry me through the misery of winter.

  5. Relax... says:

    Actually, Hillary won by millions of votes. Many sectors of the electoral college, however, can do whatever they want, however they want to. I think it has truly outlived its usefulness as a “protective organ.

    • Our system is so different – the popular vote wins here – that the electoral college seems very strange to me so I really can’t say. But maybe if it’s outlived it’s usefulness, it’s one of the changes that needs to happen

      • Many states have proposed the elimination of the Electoral College. It’s not something that can be accomplished overnight — it requires an amendment to the constitution — but if enough states support the abolition of the Electoral College it will be gone. ‘That’s a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate and the ratification of three-fourths (38) of the 50 states.’ I believe in direct democracy myself. I think that the electoral college might have had a sound rational 300 years ago but no longer. We are — by and large — an educated population capable of understanding the issues and the candidates.

      • Relax... says:

        I hope the next president (if there is one..) will do away with that and will also work on campaign finance reform. It’s such a racket!

      • Relax... says:

        This odd *win* happened for a lot of reasons, one of which is, Hillary was a shoe-in –head-and-shoulders above him in polls all the way, despite Trump’s attacks on her… up until James Comey, the FBI director, pulled the, “Oh, about those emails, there are more but some or many or all may just be doubled” out of his ass — DAYS before our voting! Something like that is 100% unheard of, here. Those voters who were on the fence, jumped into Trump’s yard right then, and the Dems had little time to counteract the deliberate damage and mobilize voters, etc. I didn’t care for either candidate for this nation (I’d like to have voted for Rand Paul), but my vote needed to count this time, so I voted Hillary to keep Trump out. A lot of us did.

  6. I’m with you Helen – this is not just a “local” issue. It’s global. Yesterday, in Quebec, Canada, a young man killed six people and injured many more while they attended worship at their mosque. This young man admired the US president.

    I am frightened for our nation and our planet. People look up to this guy. On social media, here in the small town where I live, people are supporting chatter that promotes authoritarian muscle and demotes the “whiners” and “elite.”

    There is a meme floating around online – “I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry.” This is in regards to the people who are now coming to the realization that they have been scammed. The sentiment being, “OK USA, you got what you deserved.” I have trouble with that sentiment. But, on the other hand, we are at where we are at, and we are going to have to get through this.

    And we will. But at what cost?

    And how?

    • It’s so strange that the “left” is considered (here) the “elite” and the “right” is considered the “working people.” I can’t imagine anything more elite than Trump Tower or Mar-a-Lago or a guy who thinks Mexican culture is a taco salad or, today, complimented Frederick Douglass (dead since what, 1880s?) on the good work he’s “been doing.” But — anti-intellectualism is a form of paranoia that seems to have been built into the American psyche. One of the most entertaining aspects (to me) of this ignorance is that the Republicans claim to be the “party of Lincoln” because the Republicans basically got their start in Lincoln’s time in office. Ironically, Lincoln was a very strong believer in a strong central government whereas current Republicans are very “states rights” guys, in that way and many others NOT the “party of Lincoln.” People don’t know the difference between words and reality.

      And the Democrats — who believe in a strong central government and government programs to help the poor — are regarded as “elites.” This means that people who would benefit from continued Democratic leadership will vote against it. BUT in this election we had two horrible candidates. I really think that needs to be remembered. Even I think of the Clintons as “elites”. And the Democratic National Convention might actually HAVE committed a crime in denying Bernie Sanders the candidacy through manipulating votes. I don’t think we’ll ever know. I wish we had Trudeau ❤

    • I understand where the meme came from, though. As for how we get through it and at what cost – as of now, that’s something I have to stop thinking about, being powerless to make a blind bit of difference. Maybe Dryden had it right: ‘Tomorrow do thy worst. for I have lived today.’

  7. Aunt Beulah says:

    I’m late to this discussion, but I want to tell you, Helen, that since last summer I have entertained every thought and emotion about my country’s political situation that is mentioned in your posts and comments and the comments of others. I’m exhausted. I wake up every morning wondering what fresh hell will be revealed in the morning news. I am forcing myself to watch and read less until I can regain some sense of perspective and sanity. Unfortunately, my husband is still mired in the mess and wanting to talk about it all the time! The one thing that cheers me is the way my young relatives – nieces, nephews, grandchildren – are speaking out, getting involved, marching and protesting.

    • I know Martha is right and we have to wait and see, but I think it’s fair to say that the rest of the world is carefully keeping its distance and ‘making other arrangements’ where possible. And I can’t see that anything he’s done so far will help those Americans who most need help, and saw him as a beacon of hope. I do sincerely hope I’m wrong.

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