Trump Times Entry 73 – The Calm

The Calm

January 20, 2017inthought2

Today, we complete what we started seventy-three days ago, and hand the republic to the Donald. The Trump fan boys, armed with implied consent, are eager to start the grabbing on day one. They stand ready to snatch it from unholy social programs and give it up to righteous job-creators right now. Hell, they even claim moral high ground. After all, you can’t rape the willing.

But first, the Donald must party and take the weekend off.

While the presidential term starts today, the Donald, not a big fan of numbers (Arabic numerals? Bad idea!), has designated next Monday as day one of his administration. We all know Monday’s actually day four, but we also understand that Trump’s reality is, well, elastic.  Lessons learned.

Plus, two days without the Donald sounds fantastic. Maybe, he’ll enjoy vacation so much that he’ll take more time off – lot’s more time. (Hey, a guy can dream.)

I suggest we enjoy the calm before the storm. Try to ignore the inauguration, boycott it if you can. If we drive down the TV ratings, he’ll get really excited and treat us to more twitter fun. Attend and support protests events. There’s lots to choose from. I heard there’s a demonstration in DC that’s handing out joints to the protesters – nice, takes me back to my youth. (Matter of fact this whole fucking thing takes me back to my youth, but I’ll save that rant for another time.)

Above all, cherish one another. They’re quite comfortable with collateral damage and the storm starts in earnest on Monday.

In Peace and Justice,

Trump Times Entry 72 – Another Day

Another Day

January 19, 2017mefront2

Day seventy-two of the Trump legacy abuts formal inauguration, a wedding of sorts. Back in November, we arranged a marriage of convenience with the Donald and tomorrow’s the big day. Given that he got what he wanted and now can “have his way with us”, one would think his mood would improve. Perhaps a genuine smile, or some twitter kindness. (Just, no grabbing, please!)

But no, on the eve of the wedding he’s angry as ever. I suppose we should be grateful that, mostly, his rage is directed at the press – for now, he’s attacking the messenger. After the blessed event, who knows?

We do know, our new partner does not favor criticism. And, being a real man, is not afraid to escalate anything into a barroom-brawl – on Twitter that is. (Even with my perverse imagination, I can’t picture Trump in an actual brawl. Like any bully, he only plays where he is assured of winning – shaming kids on social media is more his style)

Let’s face it, his relentless perusal to have others appreciate his greatness is what makes him great. So, it would be great if we, his latest acquisition, would just assume the position and learn from the great Kellyanne. After all, how can the Donald make America great again, unless we praise him for his greatness? Okay? Great!

I suppose, like any other forced brides we can take solace in that, in a few years, he’ll lose interest and take up with some other country (maybe Russia). Who knows, maybe we’ll get to keep the kids and some of our money in the settlement?

But that lofty hope is years off. And right now, we have more immediate concerns. Like, what capricious task will he visit upon the wedding night? Or, how long must we wait before demanding separate bedrooms? OMG, what about the honeymoon?

Tomorrow, as a consequence of the Donald, the republic will walk down the aisle with the Donald, certain that consequences won’t stop here. Other than that, it will be just another day.

In Peace and Justice,

Trump Times Entry 71 – Attendance Deficit Disorder

Attendance Deficit Disorder

January 18, 2017ticket

It’s been seventy-one days since that pale November morn when the angry embraced the greedy and achieved a minority large enough to win the election – with some help from Mother Russia. And now, in only two days we will celebrate the peaceful transfer of power and inaugurate the Trump administration. Whether we like it or not, cause that’s how the system works. Democracy has nothing to do with it.

And that’s what the inauguration is all about – celebration of the system. A celebration of democracy would look very different from what we are about to see.

Of course, this inauguration will feature traditional the pomp and circumstance, along with all the best entertainment that could be pressed into service. “Which is more ironic, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing for the Swearing-In or The Talladega College marching band serving in the parade?” is a question better left to those more thoughtful than me.

I prefer the simpler irony in that so few want to attend. Yes, even at this late date, tickets are available for all Inaugural happenings. Apparently, scalpers expect to lose money on paid events like the balls. And rumor has it, if you wait until the last minute, your congressman will not only give you tickets for free, but may even be willing to pay you a modest fee for attending. (Travel would be at your own expense, unless, of course, you are a rich donor.)

Indeed, what this inauguration lacks in willing talent and unpaid attendees, will be made up for with pure irony.

On the other hand, record setting protest crowds are expected to greet the Donald at his inauguration on Friday. The numbers are expected to seriously exceed the 1973 Nixon protest. Which makes sense, since Trump makes Nixon look like a Quaker. (Sorry.)

Then on Saturday, as many as 200,000 are expected to show up for the Women’s March. I wonder how much press this and other free speech events will get from our normalizing media. I don’t expect much because free speech is rarely free – they gotta give the public what their sponsors want. Instagram, YouTube and (god help us) Twitter may be the only ways to witness actual history.

The republic encourages taking to the streets in the face of tyranny. While the tyrant and complicit press offer a branded packaged product, we all know the dancing will be better in the street.

In Peace and Justice,