Sharing moments in time…

A thought for day 2….the good and the scary

Spent the morning with about 30,000 friends at the Women’s March in San Diego.  A wonderful experience – good-natured, peaceful  and thoughtful people expressing their distress at a variety of policies that have been espoused by the new administration.  No rancor or violence, just an expression of concern.  It was crowded but everyone seemed to enjoy the moment and felt as if we were sending a message of unity that was notably absent from the inaugural speech yesterday.

We returned home and turned on the television to watch the coverage on some of the other incredibly large demonstrations across the country and around the world.  Then, something happened–the coverage switched to our new WhiteHouse occupant telling the CIA employees, in front of their wall of fallen heroes, that his feud with the intelligence community was an invention of the dishonest press – despite the fact that most of it had been recorded in Trump’s own tweets!  Then came the really scary part.  We watched the first official press briefing from the White House and were absolutely dumbfounded when the new press secretary YELLED at the gathered press and accused them of knowingly and dishonestly reporting on the size of the inauguration crowd (and the far larger protest crowds) in an effort to downplay Trump’s popularity.  He even directed the press to look at photos for crowd comparisons to the Obama inaugurals – which clearly show much larger gatherings for President Barack Obama.  These two examples of the new administration trying to ignore the facts or change their own written record point to a continuation of the fact-free environment that Trump rode into the White House.  His pivot to a more disciplined presidential demeanor and behavior has yet to appear – as has any attempt or action to satisfy his self stated goal of uniting the country.

I hope he enjoyed the prayer service – he must have missed the parts about humility being a virtue.

6 responses

  1. I am glad you went to the demonstration and found it calm and people concerned. I just read about the new president’s behaviour towards the press and his denial of facts. Never have I been so concerned about the state of things over there. Over here we are ALL very concerned and worried. A man who denies scientific facts and acts as irrationally as he does is no man we want as president in a powerful country…or in any country at all. This is all frightening. Every sane person must help organizing relevant democratic thoughts. Is not America the “greatest democracy on earth”? If the free press is manipulated – then we will have a giant follower of Russia, Poland, Turkey and others …This is called desinformation.

    January 22, 2017 at 2:36 am

    • Ann Christine – I very much appreciate your comments. The new occupant of the White House (I choose not to call him President on purpose) is still playing to his minority supporters with no thought of considering the ideas or desires of the majority of the country that voted against him. His disregard for facts and integrity, his complete lack of humility, and his thin-skinned personality combine for a dangerous situation. While I would hope he could change, I do not hold out hope of that happening. I do draw some optimism from the massive protests yesterday – if we can sustain that kind of organised opposition, we can limit his impact and hopefully drive him out of office in four years.

      January 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

  2. Thank you for this powerful report.

    January 22, 2017 at 8:41 am

  3. Dina – thank you. I think it important that we americans speak out when our leaders do not pay attention to the desires of the majority of the country. I hope the demonstrations give the new administration something better to think about than Mr Trump’s crowd size.

    January 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

  4. Joerg Kutter

    Scott, our thoughts are with you – now, and over the next four years! We probably will have to seriously adjust our notions of what a US president says and does… and probably re-adjust anew with every day that comes. I am really no longer all that “crazy” to come to the US, realizing that this is, of course, over-reacting. Still, … Meanwhile, we’ll have to be on the watch what nationalists and populists will do in Europe in the next months. All the best, -Jörg

    January 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

    • Joerg,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Even now it is hard to understand how we got here. One of the worst parts is that I have so greatly overestimated the common sense, thoughtfulness, and sense of equality among my fellow citizens. I mourn for the country that I thought I knew and hold out hope that we will come to our collective senses as he continues to demonstrate that he has lost his…
      I hope that Europe will stem the tide of this “movement” before it becomes too widespread – I’m certainly disappointed that we didn’t provide that firebreak. Take care,

      January 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm

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