These past few weeks in America have been pretty tumultuous. From the presidential election itself to the smaller Senate and congressional elections held throughout the country, the whole country feels – in a way – completely turned upside down. Now, for those of you who probably couldn’t guess from my previous posts, I did not support Donald Trump for president. His election, though, means that we must once again brace ourselves for the coming transition from one political party holding power to another.
And usually, that’s not a bad thing. Political parties have exchanged control of the presidency and Congress since the beginning of our republic. The problem is when you have someone so asininely unknowledgeable, unintelligent, and negligent coming into power and surrounding himself with people just as inexperienced as he is in governmental affairs, and some being just downright terrifying to anyone who isn’t white.
Don’t believe me? Let’s quickly analyze some of the top appointments Trump has made for his cabinet.
To all those who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great holiday!
I’ve been computerless for most of the weekend so my apologies for not posting more recently.
I want to draw your attention to something extremely important that’s happening in our country, which is frightening much of the world and leaving many of our residents feeling powerless to bring about change and inject this world with a much-needed dosage of compassion.
And I’m here to try and show you how to take that feeling of powerlessness and harness it into real change.
I’m afraid of what is to come, of what is being left behind for those who will inherit this planet once those who are on it have passed on. While we’ve made great strides in progress throughout the years, we’ve also taken major steps backward. And while the progress we’ve made may push us forward ever so slightly, those steps backward may completely eradicate any proof that progress was there in the first place.
We need to focus on what we want to leave behind in our wake for those future generations that will carry the fire on for us.
The election of 1968 saw a backlash against the progressive movement begun by President John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier and continued further with President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. The wars on poverty and racial injustice were drowned out, however, by the war in Vietnam and the violence at home by race riots and assassinations of key figures both in the Civil Rights Movement.
These moments of fear destroyed any notion in people’s minds that the United States was moving forward as a nation. To some, it felt like a step backward. They were afraid. They wanted complacency.
As I began to write this post about our changing country and my experience over the weekend I couldn’t help but remember the words Robert Kennedy spoke in 1966 while visiting South Africa during Apartheid:
There is a Chinese curse which says “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty, but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind. And everyone here will ultimately be judged – will ultimately judge himself – on the effort he has contributed to building a new world society and the extent to which his ideals and goals have shaped that effort.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or were a contestant on Big Brother [see here]) you know that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. Fortunately for America, the vast majority of people in the United States – including those who voted – did not want to see this man anywhere close to the White House. So what do we do?