♣ 11-9-16, The Day After Election Day
Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States of America. A temperamental man with obvious narcissistic tendencies and irrepressible egocentric urges, he has no clear moral code, no visible standard of ethics, no apparent set of principles or political philosophy. He shows little character, little grace, little compassion, little restraint, little grasp of the seat to which he accedes.
He’s a wild card. He’s totally unpredictable. He’s as prone to evil as good. He’s as liable to harm as help. He’s as likely to damage as make reparation. It’s been said he’s a bull who packs his own china shop given his uncanny knack for self-sabotage. He’s his own worst enemy. Is he ours?
In any event, it seems about fifty percent of the US voting public yesterday threw all caution to the wind, abandoned principle, thwarted precious American values as impetuously, frightfully, it undermined the dignity and integrity of our nation, this erstwhile magnificent, awe-inspiring beacon of freedom and justice, for another vow of sweeping political change, frail dignity and integrity, by the way, which like freedom put wrong, we’ll be hard-pressed to ever put right again.
In the past year-and-a-half, Trump has shown the world exactly who he is. Still the American working middle class has brought to highest office a demonstrably brash man of languishing integrity, a cheap cad of excruciatingly weak moral fiber.
Have they compromised the White House with a boldfaced slanderer, philanderer, panderer to racists and bigots, misogynists and xenophobes, shameless author of provable lies, tall tales and mud-slinging rhetoric?
Have they designated leader of the free world a great preening narcissist, a raging western chauvinist, an inveterate snob, bloating braggart, arch authoritarian, dogma-drooling demagogue, divisive rabble-rouser, fear-monger and hater elite, contemptuous advocate for the deeply personal, supra-professional savaging of friend, enemy, rival, detractor and scapegoat alike?
If so, where is honor? Where is reason? Where is insight? Where is common sense? If nothing else, where’s America’s bygone reverence for righteousness and truth, its past respect for what’s noble and dignified? Where’s our former heart, our famous good will, our inclination to welcome outsiders as well as each other, that good old-fashioned yankee hospitality that once helped make America’s legend? Where is national pride? Where on earth is the great collective consciousness and understanding of what America stands for?
Maybe I’m just dream and we’ve always been a cold, course, self-serving culture, never warm, caring, giving, never refined or virtuous, gracious or idealistic?. I only know I can’t shake the nauseating sense that having put Trump in office, some half of American voters might well have made a deal with the devil. I hope there isn’t hell to pay.
No, I can’t break the vomit-provoking vibe that some fifty percent of the US voting public have relinquished all commitment to the sacred, founding, time-honored principles of democracy, human rights, social justice and freedom, this inviolable formula for the glue that’s bound Americans together over two-plus centuries, all in trade for a hollow pledge of less elitist government from a disingenuous man who’s as elitist as they come.
No, I can’t help feeling this obscure cross-section of the country has sacrificed our great American heritage to the echo of cacophony arising from an empty little shell strewn idle on the beach. Such grave compromise comes at staggering cost.
Disconcerting too is in the aftermath of the vitriolic Trump campaign, which pranced and courted the worst in human instinct, those many votes for Trump belied votes in favor of racism, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia and cruelty. Those many votes for Trump concealed votes in favor of enmity, bullying, incivility and violence, which today imbue hate crimes, sexual assault on women, fits of grievous instability and random chaos, grave wrong that seldom bloomed under viable leadership .
Minority groups across the country woke with dread today to harsh rekindlings of ire, resentment, condescension and bias, uncertainty and hostility, trepidation and the sick loathing of fresh negative scrutiny, injustice and attack both verbal and physical in the land where all are guaranteed safety, acceptance and peace of mind, where all are owed life, liberty, happiness and equality, a land in which minorities were already on the road to grasping little fragments of this yet elusive covenant when Donald Trump so rudely interrupted. Does Donald Trump grasp any of this?
What a sad pass this is. What a fall from grace to play upon the world stage, an untoward testament to our growing decline, sorry tribute to the breakdown of a lofty and noble civilization, grim accounting which only those yet high-minded of the American voting public can acknowledge and appreciate.
Well, what’s done is done. We have a new president. We can only move to bond behind our newly elected leader and with all due diligence as a free, just and pluralistic culture simply back him when he’s right and buck him when he’s wrong and where necessary hold him accountable in the fond hope that some small vestige of fine American values may survive the next four to eight years. In the meantime, fasten your seatbelts kids. We’re in for a harrowing ride.
–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com