Monday, November 09, 2020
The past few years have burdened us with emotions in bulk. At first I tended to ignore Donald J. Trump’s ridiculous ongoing campaign rhetoric. My mind changed upon the release of the open-mike tape that caught him explaining how easily a famous person can grab a woman’s pussy. That was disgusting enough, but his bullying increasingly became pronounced. During campaigning, he never hesitated to devalue human feelings and intelligence, he laughingly made a mockery of being handicapped, and he dismissed American heroes as “losers”. And then he won the presidency.
He didn’t win the popular vote. His support came from about a third of the constituency, but they were in states with the electoral college votes to win office. We then listened to him brag about building a wall, cozying up to powerful dictators, withdrawing the United States from international agreements, and isolating effectively this country. The list goes on and culminates last year upon the onset of a Novel CoronaVirus. He downplayed its outbreak.
If that virus had proved less virulent as Trump hoped, he’d likely have been re-elected. Despite the virus strength and Trump’s disassociation from social and infrastructure needs, his favorability among voters increased, from a third to almost one-half of current voters. It’s been a phenomenon of “Trump and altered-democracy”. Americans long will analyze the factors that have made popularity and emotional overburden almost work. We will comprehend upon unthreading what has occurred, on understanding what has so divided American society. That’s our guide to repairing divisinesses.
Now that a few days have assured Biden’s election is secure, the future seems better. I feel myself breathing more slowly. Last night, in contrast to ongoing months of tension, I relaxed enough to re-immerse myself in books. There was more, too. I patiently searched the incredible music catalog of iTunes for wonderful artists from the past, and afterwards sat listening to sheer talent.
Dear Friends: Environment, population, and infrastructure overwhelmingly demand. Diana