A boatload of vitriol is being heaped on that awful man who sits in the Oval right now. And yes, he deserves it.
He’s rude. He’s crude. He’s mean. He’s opportunistic. He’s self-centered.
All of those things are undeniable. And sickening. We know he’s lower than pond scum.
But I can’t waste my time posting insulting comments or memes on social media. Because he’s really just a representative in the truest sense. He represents the very worst this nation has to offer.
We have focused our ire on him, but really, there are millions of Americans just like him–and even worse–out there. The folks he represents. And while his presence in the Oval is infuriating, the idea that he says out loud what so many Americans have thought as they lurked the background–that is disappointing. And frightening.
Those of us with kinder and gentler attitudes toward others made the mistake of thinking that the majority of our country was like us. If they had been, he certainly wouldn’t be in office. No, there are a whole lot of Americans out there who are fearful and full of hate. Who are suffering and want to lash out.
The rest of us are suffering, too. And we’re lashing out, too, with insults and nasty words. But they serve no purpose except catharsis.
I can’t waste an iota of energy spinning my wheels with nasty words and I don’t like to read them on social media. They don’t do anything but get us all riled up and distract us from the hard work that will be necessary to rid the country of him and his ilk.
Instead, we have to work hard with calls, letters, emails, postcards and pressure–not that insult him, but that keep his agenda from becoming law.
I also can’t waste an iota of energy on Bernie Sanders. I didn’t like him, I think he is partly responsible for the election results and I think he should just go away. Or shut up and do something useful. But like everyone else in the Beltway, he liked his 15 minutes of fame and wants to extend it.
Hillary misspoke when she said “basket of deplorables” out loud, and everyone raised their eyebrows in shock, but in fact, that IS what they are. And he is the chief deplorable.
Ironic, isn’t it?
I’m starting to consume a little bit of news now, as I look toward the midterm elections and the positive steps that have to be taken to be sure we regain a majority. It’s not possible for me to keep up the stress of a the-sky-is-falling attitude 24/7.
Don’t get me wrong: I do think the sky is falling.
But it won’t fall before midterms and that has to be our focus now.