It always seemed wrong to me to beat on the president. Any president. A lot of other people felt this was the right person for the job and I choose to respect that, as much as I disagreed. I disliked the last guy, even though, on paper, he should have been great, but I never felt the need to jump up and down on him. The Hillary Loser Syndrome really lived up to its name and I was a little disgusted by what some people would do when they do not get the girl.
Today that seems like nothing compared to all I have witness. A man who wields considerable power and respects none of it. A man who was happy to publicly wrap his arms around a number of different groups just so he could get elected. A party not only happy to help but willingly an accomplice. Later he would pretend he never did any of this while going out of his way to hurt those very people who helped him and make a spectacle of it. This is not The New Behavior of America. At least I hope it is not.
This goes beyond late night TV comics implying all politicians are dishonest with their bad jokes. This is several new levels beyond the norm even after accepting all that. Levels which are often flaunted as a man who feels he is an island. Just for a few minutes forget about what others things, we need to focus on us right now.
This goes way beyond politics for me. This is a dishonest, lying, do-anything-to-acquire-more-power, downright bad person.
This blog is not about politics. This blog is not about my beliefs on right or wrong or in what directions we, or anyone, should be headed. While I have strong opinions, often strongly voiced, this blog is not about that. I am just so baffled and confused about something that I do not know how to keep these thoughts to myself. I do not seek to attack. Take this post for what you will because I do not really know what a reasonable response is.
Wherever you fall on any particular issue I am forced to ask one question: This?
I imagine a large group of people all working together as a kind of meta person. Everyone coming together to crack a giant rock too big for an individual or fly to a distant planet I could only dream of doing alone. Within this framework I wonder and ask the following.
I assume people were so excited to hear whatever they were so excited to hear that we all, together, with our collective brain power, choose this? I suppose it is easy to be blinded to all other things by something we desperately want now appearing obtainable. Something being dangled just out of reach until we gave whoever whatever they wanted first? Something so tantalizing that all other concerns fall to the wayside? All the potential detriment included?
What about what comes after? Even for individuals who like what they are seeing are they not also confused? Confused by obvious, blatant, logistically and logically impossible fallacies? To the best of my knowledge there is less ice than there used to be, I will live out my entire life on a spheroid, and there are more sick kids than there used to be in recent memory.
We, both as individuals and as some kind of meta person, have access to unprecedented levels of data. Things are frequently easily verifiable. Not by heading to some far off repository of knowledge and experience, which will take a large time commitment, but already in our pockets and on our desks. Do we assume we do not need to use it because we already know the answers? Do we know the answers simply because we heard what we wanted to hear? Is a problem that “needs to be fixed at all costs” really worth all it would cost? Is this model sustainable?
We all misstep from time to time; Even with the best of intentions. With purpose or on accident if I hurt you I also hurt me in the long term.
“We will next stumble over the same giant rock a second time” I wonder and ask.
Optimism should never be confused for a crystal ball.
One can want to do something meaningful because of a dream; The reasons and goals may be righteous. One can not often do a complicated thing well with dreams alone; Planning, stability, and flexibility are all required. To fix a problem during your lifetime may be a great achievement. To have a problem stay fixed after you are gone because of a well-thought out and sustainable plan should always be the goal.
Emotions are great motivators but terrible co-pilots.
Always design for failure because success requires no further action.
A parent that does not prepare their child for their own absence has failed that child.
Think ahead when important, fuck around the rest of the time.
Revel less in being found to be right and more in being found to be wrong.
Just because you can not think of anything does not mean it has all been done before.
Patience for the sake of patience is wasteful.