November 9, 2016. America awakened to a new day and a new president. It couldn’t happen, but it did. The improbably result sent shock waves throughout the world. The stock market took a tumble, every country in the world had watched along with us throughout the night, with varying opinions of whether this would be a good thing for us and for them.
Hillary supporters went dutifully door to door handing our literature and pleading her case. “America didn’t need to become great again; it never stopped being great.” If we simply worked together the good times would only become better.
She had the best sophisticated technology wonks could deliver, the best experts that money could buy. She had history on her side. She had more knowledge of what goes on in government than any other nominee in history. What did she miss?
He had his hair, fake tan and his ego. But he tapped into a demographic which had been passed over. The forgotten man, the disenfranchised, groups who no longer trusted America and the government. The black man who came into the office eight years ago in a blaze of hope, had not delivered the goods.
How could this bumptious bully with a terminal case of narcissism recognize that somewhere out in the vast hills and valleys of this disillusioned country a revolution of sorts was building?
It is impossible to predict what Trump’s impulse will be as president, because it will have to become in so many ways, everything he has not been; a healer, a truth teller, someone who studies the issues; and a healer who tells people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.
As one immigrant observed: You Americans treat your country like a football. You toss it around secure in the knowledge that you deserve and will get a touchdown. America isn’t a football; it is a delicate Faberge egg; it could break.
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We are going bush for a couple of days. Listen to the messages of birds and observe the wisdom of trees.
Good article, Kayti.
The unimaginable happened.
Would have used a few more trees. Go and see what they have to say.
You are right, Gerard: the unimaginable did happen…unimaginable that people here finally had had enough of the Clintons, two of the most duplicitous politicians of our time. Unimaginable that many of us (even those with a Stanford Masters), East Indians who have immigrated here legally and paid into the system and many other people, including many African Americans who are tired of promises with no delivery–unimaginable that we WOKE UP and turned more of the same away. Although I too, had concerns about Mr. Trump’s way of becoming elected (note the conciliatory tone and hand-shaking going on now), he is going to be a great president. Mark my words. Watch the first 100 days.
Hillary knew what was going on in government—she just didn’t know what was going on with people. How did he figure that out? I guess you have to be cunning and mean.
It’s the mystery of the ages how someone so self-obsessed picked up on the distress of an entire segment of the country. We can only hope.
Your emoji says it all mrsdaffodil.
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