SoCS: Admit it!

socsbadge2016-17The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is:
admit.”  Write, no editing, 15 minutes.
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Admit it!  You are worried about our country!
I don’t care if you are a Republican or Democrat, if you are not worried then you haven’t got a pulse.  (Did I just call Trump supporters zombies?)  My friends from both sides of the aisle are all talking about what is happening in Washington!
I have to admit I am not usually political but I cannot stop checking in
several times a day to the Guardian or the Washington Post to see what is happening NOW…  and NOW… and NOW!  I admit, I’m stressed by the crazy man and his cohorts.
I have trouble focusing at work and find myself wandering around the studio.
I’m afraid of where this is heading and if it will stop!
Last night before bed I heard the voice of reason.
(Admit it — you’ve not heard that voice in our government lately.)
It spoke to what I’d want to say if I were in a Town Hall.
Without further ado, I give you the voice of reason, because I’ve got nothing…

“As with many of my fellow Americans, I don’t consider myself partisan politically – never have. I am a registered independent voter and have been for most of my life. With that in mind, I submit the following:
None of what is happening at the top of government now is normal. None of it. And no one should normalize it. No one.
We have a President who lies without a second thought. Big bold lies that are easily disproven. That is not normal.
We have serious allegations around obstruction of justice by that President. That is not normal.
We have an FBI director fired for insisting to continue pursuing a serious investigation into the sanctify of our republic. It has never happened before in our history. That is not normal.
We have a hostile foreign power attacking and undermining our electoral process. That is not normal.
We have an Attorney General under a serious shadow of association with said foreign power, with indications that there is much more to this story than we yet know. That is not normal.
We have Federal judges, our closest foreign allies, and the free press under scurrilous attack from the President and his enablers. At the same time we have despots praised. That is not normal.
We have an Administration fanning the flames of division over race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. That is not normal.
We have an overhaul of our entire health care system being written in secret on a rapid time frame. That is not normal.
We have a sordid confluence of the President’s business interests and his political power. That is not normal.
The list could go on and on.
What concerns me even more than any of these items is the fact that they are largely being met by a shrug or excuses from most Republican elected officials. Even many Democrats seem overwhelmed and are inclined to let some of this just ride. That may be how politics works. But this is bigger. It’s about our nation.
We are shifting the goalposts for our democracy. We are failing to be outraged by the outrageous because there is something even more outrageous that always seems to hit the news cycle. And that is dangerous.
What gives me hope is we have had waves of abnormality in our country’s history. And we’ve had times when what we would consider now to be not normal, like segregation, was considered normal. What has centered and saved our country time and again is civic engagement. I believe that most people in this nation don’t think any of this is normal. And they could very well vote out those elected officials in both parties who are normalizing these outrages.”   Dan Rather, posted without permission…

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10 Responses to SoCS: Admit it!

  1. bikerchick57 says:

    I love Dan Rather. He says it like it is. No, this is not normal and the citizens of this country who believe it is must open their eyes to what is happening in Washington. The redhead is off golfing again this weekend when the country is falling apart. What an embarrassment and insult to this nation.

  2. Fandango says:

    I read this post after reading your comment on my SoCS post and I know exactly how you feel. What Trump and his GOP enablers are doing to our country makes me angry, frustrated, worried, and disheartened. Like you, I’m addicted to my iPhone’s news feed and I, too, am afraid where this is heading and if it can be stopped before it’s too late.

  3. dweezer19 says:

    Ummm…I always say the Zombie Apocalypse will not be what you see on the silver screen. Much, much worse…

  4. joey says:

    Yes. Heavy sigh. It’s a surreal nightmare.

  5. macjam47 says:

    Katie, your points are right on the mark. The current situation gives me nightmares.

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