Peaceful. Purposeful. And a Real Movement.
Greetings from Portland, Oregon –
What took place around the world on Saturday, January 21st, may have been nothing less than the first salvo of something extraordinary. An explosive and heartfelt outpouring of protest. Like a 21st Century Fort Sumter and the beginning of a non-violent Second Civil War for justice and equality and human dignity.
Hundreds of marches, tens of millions, peaceful and purposeful.
The signficance of this real people juggernaut of a protest is dwarfed only by what it’s not.
The protest isn’t sour grapes about the outcome.
DJT’s the prez, but the story will be a long time unfolding as truth is separated from fiction, and reality from delusion.
The impact of Putin from the outside and Comey from within will be assessed, debated and perhaps even litigated ad nauseum. Of course it mattered, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Saturday’s Women’s Marches across the country and around the world were the authentic outpouring of heartfelt rejection of the man in the office; his heart, his character, his brain.
And his policies, however vague, thin, shifting and conveniently tuned to each audience.
And his values, if we ever really find out what they are, and aren’t.
The marches were the for real grassroots eruption signaling that the “fight” is on. Beyond politics for the soul of a nation.
Mitch McConnell had his way – obstruction, opposition and in the case of the High Court, refusal.
The opposition has found the genesis of a better way. I’m sure they’ll obstruct as they can, it’s the most immediate political policy weapon.
Added to that, is the people talking in a way we’ve never seen before. Mobilizing, getting involved and their activism can reengineer the political landscape, maybe at hyper-speed.
The real people. All ages, colors, genders across the demographic spectrum around the world.
Okay, here’s why they’re talking.
Because the new president is a flavor we’ve never been served before. His lack of most every tool to do the job is scary, not funny. Hey, Big League he ain’t.
The reality showman, grand promoter, con man huckster, rich man’s son and business bully, world class liar, serial kisser and privates grabber whose greatest skill is the ability to magically reduce the most complex and critical issues facing mankind to 140 characters.
In tweets always ending with an exclamation point in self-aggrandizing self-congratulation.
They’re tremendous and the best ever.
Worst of all, is a quality never seen in any previous occupant of the office he now holds, which is beyond frightening:
There is and never will be a dissenter, however small, he’s too busy to attack.
The prez can’t rise above anything, can’t let anything go, and the collateral damage is a savage attack upon the dignity of the office. A self-inflicted character flaw that could be potentially critically fatal at the wrong time with the wrong enemy.
The job is to lead the world not preach to the choir, guided and defined by our values not personal delusions.
Drain the swamp? He’s restocked it with billionaires, cronies and insiders.
The Elite, baby. The United States of Goldman Sachs.
During the campaign, everyone that opposed him was a liar and a crook.
In the end, he’d out-lied ‘and out crooked ‘em all. That’s who he’s always been.
2018 may be the most entertaining and crucial off-year election ever.
What will his newbie base do when promises he made are broken, as they inevitably will be, because he never meant them?
He never really believed any of it because Donald J. Trump only believes in Donald J. Trump, and couldn’t care less about folks he snookered into voting against their own best interests.
And as he’d end a tweet with that statement: SAD!!!!
Losing by nearly 3,000,000 popular votes isn’t a mandate, except in his mind, where if he says it, it’s true.
Like George Costanza told Jerry: “It’s not a lie, if you believe it.”
The popular tally aside, it was less than 80,000 votes that cost his opponent Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and the White House.
The ‘movement’ he boasts carried him to his ‘tremendous’ victory was no movement at all.
The for real movement was out walkin’ January 21st around the world. Sending a message that it’s not okay, we won’t just take it, and the fight is on.
If only this could be the beginning of the new beginning.
The tens of millions around the world*, like the hundred thousand plus in the January Portland, Oregon rain spoke loudly and clearly today; they are the real movement.
And the Second Civil War for justice, equality and opportunity for all has peacefully, but oh so admirably, begun.
A little post on Facebook started it all.
If what I’ve written has resonated with you at all, I ask that you share it.
I’ve been a lazy blogger. Writing for clients, neglected my blog. Sat out the campaign and the most recent sports seasons, but what happened yesterday called to me.
Doing nothing is not okay.
Share this with others – together, let’s make a difference.
*So maybe it was only five or ten million – only. Besides, if Donald can tell the CIA and the world that his Inaugural crowd ‘was the biggest ever’ and insist that 3-5 million illegals cost him the popular vote, I feel ‘empowered’ to offer a few alternative facts of my own.
All the best to you and yours.
May the pages keep turning and deprive you of sleep!
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