I’m watching the inauguration and still can’t believe the cosmic good fortune that was bestowed upon our country
While typing this I’m watching the inauguration and still can’t believe the cosmic good fortune that was bestowed upon our country right when things were looking the darkest. I’m not a bit religious and harbor no metaphysical belief-system whatsoever, but even I know that “something” had to be at work here.
I’m sure my core beliefs - or lack thereof - aren’t changing, but I’m humbled at how everything seemed to come together at this moment on this day. According to masses of imploding Democrats, my “something” was Vladimir Putin. They’re hanging hats on their sure conviction that Russia defeated Hillary Clinton and hence - by default - elected Trump.
Of course nobody can deny hacked email dumps from WikiLeaks damaged Hillary Clinton, but they ignore the obvious reality that damages weren’t done by the dumps themselves but rather by the validity of their contents. Had she not buried bodies, none would’ve been exposed.
Naturally, the religious community is comfortable that the “something” was clearly the “Hand of God.” Certainly to believers this is the most obvious explanation, but the cynic inside me simply can’t conceive of the Creator of 150-plus billion galaxies, each containing Sagan-esque “billions and billions” of stars being concerned with a political election on a speck of dust at the edge of a minor galaxy in the universe.
I love the conceptual comfort such connection offers, and truth be told, would love for it to be true, but I’m just not limber enough to accomplish that stretch, which I’m sure is my loss. No, I think the “something” was a fundamental force of nature related to “fight or flight” responses to threats.
That response is very primitive and so deep within our psyche it lives at nearly cellular level. I think stresses created by multiple unknowns and dangers accumulating over the last decade finally grew to critical mass exploding on Election Day.
In southern terms, folks simply had had enough with illegal immigration, lack of borders, no real jobs, synthetic employment percentages, lying, disrespect, lawlessness and governmental dysfunctions that spiraled into a primordial tornado of “fight or flight.”
Since “flight” wasn’t a viable option, the default action became “fight” manifested by huge voter turnouts. Apparently the nation developed a collective intuition that we were headed for disaster. All you had to do was look at the western Europeans, who were giving us a day-to-day crystal clear primer on where our future was headed, and it wasn’t pretty.
So “We the People” acted, and I can’t wait for the future. Strangely, Democrats seem to be hell-bent upon self-immolation for reasons that escape me. A two-party political structure is important and beneficial for the country where both parties have the welfare of America as their prime directive.
Their respective roads to achieving the goal might be different, but their ultimate destination should be the same. Now a significant number of Democrats in the House have divorced themselves from the peaceful Constitutional transition of power, a unique hallmark of our country. They have every right to do it, but aftershocks may follow.
Perhaps in the next election cycle voters will grant them a final divorce, and we’ll get custody of their congressional seats. Boo-ya!
Otis Gardner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.