Wake me up from this American nightmare

I am no fan of Trump. This is well known among my friends. Every. Single. Day: he proves he is unfit for office. It is truly jaw-dropping what stems from the man and his “administration” (“regime” seems more fitting): the level of dysfunction, stupidity, and miscommunication; total disregard for ethics, truth, law, history, decorum, civility, and allies; complete lack of compassion; the racial and ethnic division he promotes; the lack of impulse control and focus on what’s important; the chicken game he is playing with North Korea; the revolving door of bad actors who were once part of his months-long (!) administration and are already gone; and the ridiculousness of the Twitter wars he wages. I’m not talking about a random or unpopular policy position he may make – because I have had policy differences with presidents in the past. I am talking about the day-in, day-out complete disregard for the dignity of the office, the history of this country, our allies, and the laws of the land. He doesn’t know and he doesn’t care.

That’s right: he doesn’t know and he doesn’t care. America elected THAT GUY to be president.

But help me out here, folks: am I correct in thinking the craziness level has been turned up a notch in recent weeks, as if that were even possible? Turned up to 11 craziness?

The “rocket man” taunts, the “calm before the storm” tease, today’s Iran announcement, the NFL war he is compelled to wage, the feud with Senator Corker and the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, among a few thousand other enemies the man has, the threat to revoke NBC’s license, the insult to cut off aid to Puerto Rico, the defunding and piecemeal dismantling of Obamacare…. It’s endless. Orange King Chaos reigns.

I listened to a Vanity Fair interview of Preet Bharara and Sally Yates last night, on the topic of what it’s like to be fired by the president: first of all, don’t discount that it was Vanity Fair as it was an excellent dialogue, and frankly they’ve upped their journalism game. Second the interviewees were as rational, coherent, calm, technically skilled in matters of law, and patriotic as you could hope for, and they are alarmed by Trump’s behavior then and now. And third among many other observations, these two people are part of just one teeny tiny sliver of the insanity that has transpired since he was elected. Unprecedented madness.

I want the fool out of office ASAP before he triggers the next global war. Surely I am not the only one. He’s already set us back 50 years if not more socially, and God knows if we can recover globally from the damage he’s already caused.

What are all of you feeling about this? How are you coping? If you liked him before, have you changed your mind? Do you see what’s going on?

It’s exhausting to be outraged every freaking day, but I am. Almost a year later and I STILL cannot believe people deliberately voted for this guy because he is everything I imagined him to be. And yet there are people who think he’s amazing, making America great again. I don’t want to live in this America if you think this is what makes it great. I am ashamed.

These are not proud days for America. Tell me how can we staunch the bleeding of this head and heart wound?

Author: silonda

I'm not your average Midwestern American woman: an older mom to three kids and married to a musician, hiding out in a small town. I’ve worked as a serious business professional my entire adult life but my soul is really an artist. Wonderlust (i.e., insatiable curiosity) and wanderlust lead me to read voraciously and travel often. The introvert in me likes to quietly observe and share what I discover through writing but buried inside is a pretty funny chick full of spunk and verve who is eager to come out and play. Deep thinking and feeling (all the feels) is my default mode and then I'll crack a joke about it. I’m constantly striving to cultivate whatever makes for beautiful and to love UP.

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