MY FELLOW AMERICANS

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Do any of you people have ANY idea how badly that you’ve disappointed Lisa Pryor?

On the other side of the world from you, we are living in two time zones. One regulated by the rise and fall of the sun, the other regulated by the American news cycle. In our early afternoon you go to bed, in our late evening you wake again and news breaks afresh. We examine the entrails of the tweets of your president-elect for news of our common future.

In Australia, and around the world, we have been living this presidential transition with you. We watched the debates on our lunch breaks, we scrolled through news on our phones as the voting results were announced, in the warm light of a spring day.

Since the election I have cried many times, in the shower, in the car, as the conventions that define liberal Western democracy are stripped away by Donald J. Trump, with every distressful appointment, each impulsive outburst. I have embarrassment of grief for a government that is not mine and for a country that does not belong to me. It feels as if we’re mourning the death of an idea called America.

For all the intractable problems in our region, there is a sense of forward movement. When we visit America now, it feels like the opposite, like decay. Roads, airports, an economy, perhaps even a society, falling to pieces. We are left in awe by the extreme poverty as well as the extreme wealth. And maybe it is because of your poetry about yourself that the turning current has been harder for Americans themselves to see.

The election of Mr. Trump feels like a sudden plunge after a gradual decline. Already he is goading China, befriending President Vladimir V. Putin, disregarding climate change and refusing daily intelligence briefings because he’s “a smart person.” None of this, we fear, will end well for any of us.

Lisa?  If you’re that invested in who the next President of the United States of America is going to be, then you’re WAY too damned invested in who the next President of the United States of America is going to be.

All of us survived eight years of Obama, Lisa.  We’ll survive Trump.

12 Comments to MY FELLOW AMERICANS

Brize
December 22, 2016
Lina
December 22, 2016

I don’t get her thesis. Before Trump she saw America in decline, yet she abhors someone who wants to change that trajectory. For some reason she thinks that only Western liberalism works, yet she sees decline in the practice of it.

Maybe this is just another case of an insane liberal getting through the day on drugs.

Marie Blocher
December 22, 2016

Dear Lisa,
I was told many years ago that when someone disappoints you, it is your fault for expecting too much of them. So own it. Readjust your expectations of a country that is not your own, and of whom you have no control nor even input. Take care of your own country’s problems.
G’day
Marie

Dale Matson
December 22, 2016

“We examine the entrails of the tweets of your president-elect for news of our common future.” Is this the ‘Royal we’ speaking?

c
December 22, 2016

“To crush your enemies — See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!”

Bwahahahaha!

Creedal Episcopalian
December 22, 2016

“To crush your enemies — See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!”

Bwahahahaha!

Katherine
December 22, 2016

When she describes the decay and the contrast between extreme poverty and extreme wealth, she must be describing a visit to California. Victor Davis Hanson talks of how his ancestral home in the valley east of the Bay Area is now in a third world county, the third world having moved there and not found work. Southern California roads are often in terrible condition. California should be paradise, ruled as it has been in recent decades by a “progressive” elite.

Watt
December 22, 2016

The trojan message is finally gone! Got a lot of posts to catch up on.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
December 22, 2016

Others have responded more eloquently. My own message to Lisa is: Go back on your mere honey and “buzz” off!

Daniel Muller
December 22, 2016

We examine the entrails of the tweets of your president-elect for news of our common future.

While it is true that many Treets have been widely circulated in mass media, I really feel an overwhelming sense of taedium and malaise when I encounter a mention of Twitter so early in an article. It is like drinking before brunch.

I do wish Donald Trump would close his Twitter account, but I wish everyone else would, too. I am cautiously optimistic that Twitter has been unable to make much headway in monetizing its operations to date.

Francis
December 22, 2016

@Lina: Exactly my thoughts. It’s one thing for an article to be fundamentally wrong-headed (after all, what do you expect from a liberal?) It’s quite another matter for its core argument, even in its own terms, to be self-contradictory.

Bill2
December 22, 2016

Wait a minute. They see America is disrepair BEFORE Trump is in office!?! So whose fault is that? Hasn’t the immaculated one been in office for 8 years? Otherwise I’m impressed Trump could do all that under Obama’s nose.

Somewhere around January 21st the media will rediscover the crappy labor participation rate, homelessness, etc. since a Republican is now in the presidency.

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