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How Long, Oh Lord?

I'm tempted to repeat Robert Benchley's rather biblical review of Abie's Irish Rose, if only so that I can snicker a little in the midst of my fear.

He meets with one of the most unstable and despicable heads of state on the planet (with the exception of himself), after plowing through the G7 conference with even more of his patented diplomatic skills. (And while I'm not altogether fond of Justin Trudeau, I'm cheering him on for the way he responded to the White House Resident.)

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court narrowly upholds Ohio's voter suppression. And Jeff Sessions did this.

This is some sort of hell, and we're still in it. How many months to November?

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Jun. 12th, 2018 08:09 pm (UTC)
*sighs and hugs*
Jun. 16th, 2018 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs, my dear.
Jun. 13th, 2018 05:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, it sucks. Personally, I'm not sure whether to be more upset with SCOTUS decision or Sessions' decision (since both cut close to home, albeit for different reasons). But, for whatever it's worth, we both survived the Dubya years, and you lived through the Reagan years and a pretty decent chunk of Cold War. This too shall pass.
Jun. 16th, 2018 08:41 pm (UTC)
I know how paranoid this sounds, but I am very afraid that the Orange years are qualitatively different from the Dubya and Reagan years, in part because as reprehensible as both of those men were, they both understood the concepts of American democracy. The current White House resident has given every evidence that he truly doesn't understand it, and, worse, seems to think it should be tampered with and changed in potentially (but increasingly likely) fatal ways. I would not be surprised to find out that he rarely if ever voted - because he's never been dialed in to democracy.

The other qualitative difference lies in the rousing of the Orange one's nation of bigots, Luddites, haters, and proud know-nothings. I know that sounds incredibly biased, but I listen to the talk of his dedicated supporters, and that's how they come off. They were always there, but they've been emboldened by him, and by the lack of anyone in the GOP standing up to him.

Those things taken together make me a lot more frightened than I was during previous administrations. I'd like to share your cautious optimism, but I'm not quite sure I can.
Jun. 20th, 2018 02:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, this.
Jun. 14th, 2018 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so embarrassed to be a citizen of this country right now it's not even funny. I wish the entire northeast could just secede and become Canada's newest province. : )
Jun. 16th, 2018 08:42 pm (UTC)
You're right. None of it's funny, and all of it's scary. Canada has its own problems, and it's own skeletons in the closet, with which it will have to deal, and which it will have to face, but the government up there is still conversant in democracy.
Jun. 20th, 2018 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm honestly frightened that legal/ human/ civil rights, and rule of law, are becoming things of the past. Right now, it feels like "law" is whatever the Orange Menace thinks it should be at any given moment, and he's being influenced by a horde of neo-Nazis.
Jun. 20th, 2018 05:25 pm (UTC)
That's my intense fear as well. Mind you, I got up this morning, and I think I saw a Boston Globe headline (nothing more; I'll have to hunt for the story somewhere else) that indicated he was going to sign an executive order to keep families together in detention centers. If that's the case, it means that a massive nationwide wave of revulsion can nudge him a metaphysical centimeter back toward civilized behavior. That's almost depressing, when you think that it's a positive step. Augh.
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