Saturday, November 26, 2016

A horrible human being as the face of the US!

The one holiday for which people do not expect gifts.  Instead, they prepare all day to buy stuff that might or might not become gifts a month later.  If only we remembered the original Thanksgiving!

The original one is a wonderful story of freedom, religious refugees, and globalization, if we choose to look at it that way.
What many Americans don’t realize, however, is that the story of those early settlers’ struggle, which culminated in what we remember today as the first Thanksgiving feast, is also a tale of globalization, many centuries before the word was even coined.
In contrast to all that, we now have a president-elect whose splash into the campaign waters began with his rant against Mexicans and the refugees from Syria.  The president-elect "blames" globalization and globalists for whatever he considers to the problems that ail working class Americans, who apparently do not think it is strange for all that to come from a businessman who actively promotes his brand all over the world.

My daughter remarked that I am posting umpteen negative things about the president-elect in my Facebook page.  I don't think she knows about the umpteen things I tweet about the president-elect.  It is difficult not to talk/blog/tweet about this orange monster who will soon become the spokesman for the entire country.  "He is a horrible human being, and I want to keep reminding people that he is a horrible human being," I told my daughter.

I am utterly shocked at how rapidly people and the media are normalizing the president-elect as a human being, despite all the filth that he threw around in every possible direction over the months of the campaign, leave alone the years prior to that.  It was, therefore, immensely cathartic, to read, and to re-read, Charles Blow's column in the New York Times, where he nailed it with "No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along":
You are an aberration and abomination who is willing to do and say anything — no matter whom it aligns you with and whom it hurts — to satisfy your ambitions.
I don’t believe you care much at all about this country or your party or the American people. I believe that the only thing you care about is self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. Your strongest allegiance is to your own cupidity.
It was a wonderful column. Raw, yes. Visceral, yes. But, on the mark.
No, Mr. Trump, we will not all just get along. For as long as a threat to the state is the head of state, all citizens of good faith and national fidelity — and certainly this columnist — have an absolute obligation to meet you and your agenda with resistance at every turn.
While Blow has figured out how he will work in these dark times, I am continuing to fumble around, without a clear idea of what my role is as an intellectual, as a citizen, and--above all--a human being.  One thing is for certain: My tweets and Facebook posts about the horrible human being that the president-elect is will continue.


Ramesh said...

Of course he is not "normal". I don't consider him any less abhorrent now than before.

But you have to accept the price of democracy - if the majority wishes it that way, then that is the way. You have three choices. One is to leave (welcome back home, young man!!!). The second is to simply accept that he is the President, oppose his nonsensical policies, protest against the diabolical and live with the not so bad actions. And then defeat him at the next election. The third is to vent anger and spleen (which is what the Tea Partiers did when Obama was first elected). I suggest the third is the least effective option. Going with the second is not equivalent to "normalising" the idiot.

Ramesh said...

By the way, Anne, Mike - it sort of feels lonely here !

Sriram Khé said...

This is the kind of false equivalence that created this monster in the first place.
The Tea Party and the orange monster opposing Obama is not the same as some of us opposing the orange monster. This monster is a liar, a sociopath, a demagogue, a dictator in the wings, a misogynist, and more, which is why I refer to him as a horrible human being whose words and actions should not be forgotten nor normalized.
The Tea Party and the monster opposed Obama because he is black. They refused to recognize even his citizenship because Obama is black.
Those of us livid at this orange monster, and those who actively supported him, were calm and rational people after the 2000 election results. We only opposed W's policies.

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