The holidays, while quiet socially, still left us behind in many things like this blog. I did manage to finish the last (and most complicated) motet for the Isaac project planned by Markus Utz. Michelle has mostly recovered from pneumonia, but is worried that her voice may never be the same, as it retains a raspy nature. I worked extra hours at the store. And we discovered that we have a public dog park near us that allows us to let Loki run with other dogs and take long hikes on leash and so I have been doing that every day I do not work – consuming 2 hours.
Meanwhile, I have monitored the political scene as I always have. I recall posting on Facebook in 2015 warning about Trump’s neo-Nazi proclivities. What he has done since November is nothing short of attempting to overthrow the Constitution of the United States. Anyone who voted for this dangerous individual has to put themselves into the same camp as those who supported Hitler in the early 1930s.
I have not the ability like others to write with eloquence about the Georgia run-offs or the Congressional meeting on Wednesday, but I found this article on Mother Jones to express much of what I feel. Mike Pence represents the epitome of the hypocrites who have supported Trump and this article speaks volumes about him and those like him:
If you don’t want to read the whole thing, I’ll quote some of it, hopefully not out of context.
Again, anyone who voted for Trump the first time might be excused for believing in his mythic lies about himself – lies that are now obviously undone; the self-made man, the businessman with an ability to manage huge operations successfully. Anyone with any moral compass and a modicum of sense must now see him as a narcissistic megalomaniac whose only focus is himself. Thank God, some GOP personages (besides Mitt Romney) have finally found the personal integrity to say publicly that the emperor has no clothes. Shame on the sycophants and hypocrites that have not.
I hope both democrats in Georgia win. It will take a concerted effort and years to begin to undo the damage that Trump has done to our nation’s reputation, the climate, and simple social decency; and to begin to rebuild faith in our political system. I have stated before that I am a former registered Republican and only registered as Democrat when it became apparent to me that the GOP did not give a rat’s ass about running the country, only about winning the next election so they could maintain the status quo.
I remain a fiscal conservative while advocating for the disenfranchised, recognizing that demographics change, and embracing the diversity and cultural richness that makes the United States unique. The rich white folks need to share. Allow others into the country club.