Because I am so politically aware, and because I take the long view of American progress and I have thought about this nation's political history I am usually the one my non-political friends come to for advise and comfort after a big election does not go as they (we) hoped.
On this blog I think my most used expression is "This great republic" and by that I usually mean - we are better than our current political leadership, we have survived a crisis in the past or just a general our country will be fine.
After Trump won enough electoral college votes to become President of this great republic I could not be the comforter to my friends. I could not promise them that this great republic would be safe or even survive under his leadership.
For the first time in my life I began to doubt that this nation's future was going to be better than it's past.
A racist was elected President
A failed businessman was elected President
A TV reality game show host was elected President
A man married 3 times was elected President
A man who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy was elected President
A man who did not understand why we did not use nuclear weapons more often was elected President
I tried to bring comfort to my friends, I tried to say this great republic would survive but I just could not.
But, then I saw congress was incapable of fulfilling his mission and I gained a little hope. Maybe if we just do nothing over the next 4 years this great republic will hang in there.
And, then Charlottesville happened this weekend.
Today during a summery of events on CBS Sunday Morning I started to cry.
It is 2017.
Racism is thriving in this country.
Bigotry is thriving in this country.
Often after overtly racist events occur politician and pundits say "We are better than this"
Clearly we are not "We are better than this".
If we were Charlottesville would not have happened.
I no longer have hope for our future.
I have given up.
We will no longer a great republic.
We will no longer be the indispensable nation.
We will no longer be Ronald Reagan's Shining City Upon a Hill.
Donald Trump and his racist supporters will destroy this nation and I can think of no way to stop them.