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Quote #863 - #PresidentialThoughts Redux

18 Feb, 2019

PRESIDENTIAL THOUGHTS REDUX



"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
James Madison

"Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither."
Theodore Roosevelt

"It's amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
Harry S. Truman

"We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."
Jimmy Carter

"We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more."
Bill Clinton

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
Barack Obama

"I know words. I have the best words."
Donald J. Trump


I sent this group of quotes out two years ago,
at the beginning of this farcical horror show
that is 45's presidency.
It only gets more farcical, horrific, and dangerous by the minute,
by the day, by the month, by the year.

He still speaks in code,
so trying to understand his words at face value is a waste of time.
He makes up words and sentences
to transmit the real ideas:
that western European white men have always deserved and still do
(as God's or man's chosen ones)
to rule over women and people of color,
to own other people's work, other people's bodies,
and live lives of great privilege, or relative privilege,
or--even if no privilege at all--
to be suckered into accepting their plight
by being allowed to somehow feel superior
("Thank God I'm not a woman."
"Well, at least I'm white."
"Well, at least I'm straight."
"Well, at least I'm not unmarried."
"Well, at least my parents were born in this country.")
And on and on ... to somehow feel more than someone else,
and so have a point of pride and ego.

I am still in mourning this Presidents Day,
as I have been since the election, the inauguration,
since Gorsuch was installed, and even worse,
since Kavanaugh was installed.
Yes, there is some hope with this new congress,
and with all that has been exposed,
but hope is no guarantee. It's just
hope.
And, yes, there has been some effective effort expended in the right direction
(and I don't mean because it's progressive,
I mean because it's honest and forthright).
But is it enough?

He will go down in history as the worst President we ever had--
if we still have a world whose history we share
by the time he is done,
if we manage in some way to cough up this hairball,
before he causes the country to self-destruct--
because I truly do believe that his intention is
to bring down the whole country with him
(if I have to go down, we all go down!),
and McConnell and his cronies believe on some level
if they can't have power over others
then they don't mind if the whole world implodes--
they'll just plunder whatever they can until
the hurricanes and earthquakes and heat waves take us all.

I cannot celebrate Presidents Day today
because this blundering, narcissistic monster is the one we've still got.


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