It’s January. I dislike the lack of bright colors outdoors. It seems dreary to me. I live here in my house alone right now. Remi moved out a few months ago –long story.
I have Sal the Pomeranian living with me. He’s the best little dog in the world. He goes just about everywhere with me. We have taken a lot of long distance trips together in the past year and a half. To the Outer Banks, during hurricane Matthew (Oct 2016), to SC to my sister’s house 3 times, once to see the total eclipse last August. That was cool. My Mom came, Remi and I, Lina, her daughter Emma and granddaughter Bella.
Last summer there were 3 major hurricanes–in TX, FL and Puerto Rico. We are really starting to see the effects of climate change. Massive wildfires in CA, massive snowstorms in New England where 6 or 7 feet of snow dropped in about a 2-3 day period. Record cold temperatures here. Last week it stayed in the 20’s during the day and at night in the single digits.
My daughter Lilly is getting married next May or June. My son Judson is doing well, seems more stable than he has been most of his life. I’m so thankful for that. I love them both so much.
It’s been a year since Donald Trump took office. You want to know how it feels to live in America with Trump as President? Scary. Terrifying. Embarrassing. Incredulous at all the corruption and lies that he and his family get away with. Rage. Every day there’s more bad news. ICE raided several 7-11 stores across the country and rounded up a bunch of alleged illegals and presumably put them in holding camps that they have until they either prove their citizenship or get deported. People who are working to take care of their families–being harassed, jailed, deported.
Trump said the the other day that he is going to deport 200,000 people from El Salvadore that came here to escape the horrible violence there. He says he’s going to build the Wall. They won’t allow Syrian refugees in the country even in their desperate situation. He tried to ban Muslims from coming into the country from 7 countries I think…he won partially.
They also don’t care about the poor. They are cutting massive social programs such as Medicaid and Food stamps and healthcare for poor children. They flaunt their affluence and arrogance in our faces every day, so smugly. According to polls, about 70% of Americans do not like Trump. So he’s, a very unpopular president but he’s still getting away with murder. He is destroying America’s Democratic ideals systematically, every single day.
I live in an almost constant state of fear and anxiety over it. We are becoming increasingly isolated from our allies in the world. People are angry, afraid, disgusted with how vulgar and heartless Trump is. He is an evil man. He is destroying America. He is using the same play book as Hitler.
He’s a Russian stooge. Russia is interfering in many elections around the world–not just the 2016 election. There are still calls from Trump’s base to lock Hillary up. They chant it at rallies.
As a White woman I feel very threatened by Trump and all of the terrible things that are happening. I can’t imagine how people of color feel–knowing they could be harassed, hurt, killed…the anti-Muslim sentiment is visceral with Trump’s base. It is heartbreaking and horrifying. The hate groups have been emboldened. The racist have crawled out of their rat holes.
I have been having a lot of bad dreams since Trump took office. Nightmares. I never had nightmares before. The other night I dreamed that I was worried I would be deported because of my Panamanian heritage even though I have been a U.S. citizen since I was 7 years old. They are doing ethnic cleansing. Trump can’t kill people of color–yet. If he keeps grabbing more and more power, beyond the constrains of the Constitution, it will eventually come to that.
There is a very dark cloud over America right now, many, many people feel it and are extremely concerned. Then there is the debate about Trump’s mental health. He acts like a mad king–a capricious and vindictive tyrant. Everybody knows he is crazy but no one can or will stop him. The Mueller investigation is still going on, and some people in Trump’s circle have been indicted. The question is, will this psychotic man be removed from office before he completely destroys us?
I never really believed that as an American, I would ever lose my basic freedoms under the Constitution. But Trump is seriously threatening our freedoms and rights as free citizens. Many, many people don’t see it happening. I see it too clearly. Many do see it as well. I have the instinct to flee–but where to? And what about my family?
The Trump circus is no longer funny. It’s dead serious. I wonder why we are going through this dark time? I know it happens all over the world–but not here. Not until now. Even today, my Mom wrote on FB, “God in Heaven, this is becoming more surreal every day.
Next Saturday, there is another March on Washington and across the country. Lina and I are going. I hope no one shoots at us or arrests us. The climate between Trump supporters and non-Trump supporters is tense. How much longer will we be allowed to protest against our Government? Trump wants to shut down free speech. He feels whatever his opinion is is the only thing that matters.
Most people I know don’t want to talk about it. They don’t like him but they want to pretend it’s all going to go away magically. I have heard people say that someone will come along and fix it. I think that “someone” is we, the people. It frustrates me that so many people stay passive about it. I feel like our American values and way of life are under attack and that I need to push back…resist.
I hope my fears are exaggerated and that soon he will be out of office. I hope I get to see that day, that glorious day, when the tyrant falls. When we get all of our freedom back, and we don’t have to worry every day that a psychotic man-child who brags to Kim Jung Un that his nuclear button is bigger than Jung Un’s will start a nuclear war. Or that he will take away all of our precious national parks and develop them. How tragic that would be. The day he falls from power, along with his minions, I think I would cry first. Our of relief and thankfulness. I would cry because now the long nightmare is over. Then I would shout with Joy.