Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dystopian Nightmare

Scene from Fritz Lang's Metropolis

I had never watched Drumpf speak until tonight when I braved up and watched him accept the Republican party nomination. I'm only a bit embarrassed to tell you that it made me cry. I think it was around the second sentence when he began speaking about Law and Order and policemen being shot, when he sneered at political correctness and the entire crowd erupted in chants and cheers that I felt simultaneously chilled to the bone and filled with sorrow. I don't need to tell you that the latest shooting of a black caregiver to an autistic young man had already filled me with dread for the day in a sort of double whammy.

I will tell you that I have friends and family -- very close family -- that are actually supportive of Drumpf, and that this causes so much anguish that I feel paralyzed.

I'm not sure what to do?

I'm breathing in sorrow and breathing out love, but it's choking me.


n. a state of exhaustion inspired by an act of senseless violence, which forces you to revise your image of what can happen in this world—mending the fences of your expectations, weeding out invasive truths, cultivating the perennial good that’s buried under the surface—before propping yourself up in the middle of it like an old scarecrow, who’s bursting at the seams but powerless to do anything but stand there and watch.

via The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows


  1. I watched it too, it was surreal. I think I was even more disturbed by the looks on the faces of the audience than his endless loop of malfeasance.
    I'm so sorry that you have people in your world who have been sucked in by this, what a terrible thing to have to wrestle with.
    "The perennial good that's buried under the surface", there are a whole lot of people in our life's that know that good. Best to stick close to them.

  2. It is my belief that the United States is moving in a very scary direction with Donald Trump, although it's not just the US that is doing this. This is happening around the world, the leaning towards protectionism and xenophobia. It's not good.

  3. Sadly, you are so right. But I have been zealously listening to him, forcing myself to stick it out to the bitter end of whatever speech or interview is making the rounds regardless of how nauseated I become. I'm a big believer in "know thine enemy".

  4. My husband asked, "Why don't you just quit watching that?" Somehow I couldn't. Should've, but couldn't. I wanted to see and hear for myself what this candidate represented.

    I almost never comment politically, because I feel that other people have their personal reasons for voting for the candidate of their choice, just as I do; and often these days, if one voices their political opinions, it is taken as a personal attack. I'm not personally attacking those voting for Mr. Trump.

    I watched and listened to the candidate. What is being reported isn't exaggerated. Made me wonder how many more classifications of people will be added to his list of "bad" people before it is all over.

    As the cameras showed people in the audience, I wondered how those people could not realize that if by some strange circumstance the candidate would pass them on the street, he would immediately judge and categorize them by their appearance as "disgusting", "crazy", "fat pigs", "low energy", "illegal"(even if their family had been here for generations), or if the passerby was physically challenged in some way, maybe they would be mocked, or if the passerby was a young woman, deemed attractive, a "nice piece of ass".

    It terrifies me to think of someone so impulsive, who doesn't seem to consider the possible outcomes before he speaks or acts, being the Commander-In-Chief. My son is serving in the military right now. So this candidate's reckless ways are personal for me. And I am worried.

    Very worried.

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