PROVOCATION & EXACERBATION

Trump’s Aspirations Are Not America’s Aims

It’s beginning to look like a revolution. In 1968, after meeting with some of the leaders of the student demonstrations against the Vietnam War, John Lennon, wrote a message to them in the lyrics of the song “Revolution.” It wasn’t a simple pop song, it was a missive. One of the lines in the song is, “We all want to change the world, but when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out.”

One theory about those lyrics was that Lennon was being careful and didn’t want to send an endorsement of violence. Not only was John Lennon distancing himself and the Beatles from the looting and destruction, but he was also showing disdain for communism with this line, “You tell me it’s the institution, Well, you know, you better free you mind instead, but if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao, you ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow.” Perhaps learning the lesson of his statement two years earlier about the Beatles being bigger than God, John Lennon toned down a song about revolution. Really?

In 2020 America, the discussions about police misconduct and systemic racism are forcing fissures and factions. People who have a family member in law enforcement will generally take the cops’ side in these tragedies of misconduct. On the other hand, people are seeing videos, some beautifully captured in high definition, and no longer guessing about what happened; it’s plainly seen in the videos. Of course, there are some less than productive souls who are just sitting around waiting for a chance to break in, loot and burn down businesses to get attention. They may be angry, but they aren’t the majority of those who want justice.

Donald John Trump believes that the best way to make America great is to give his rich friends in the 1% wealth stratosphere more money. He takes care of the millionaires who buy and sell stock and the businesses that admire his antics. Trump has absolutely no idea how hard it is to make a life on minimum wages across multiple jobs. Even good institutions that help society can be castrated by Trump if they do not profusely and publicly adore him. He would rather provoke a response from people via Twitter than talk to them and work on solutions together. Lack of resolution can lead to revolution, so he’s reaped what he sowed.

This president seizes every opportunity to take a stand and blast out his opinion about those acts and incidents which he believes mirror the credos of his base. He does this capricious communication without intelligent discussion or fact-based deliberation. Trump is an exposed nerve with no feelings for the pain of real people and the cancerous problems in front of us. His bullshit “I’m trying to be a cheerleader” excuse for not being straightforward about the facts on COVID-19 hurt and killed people. His blindness on the current rage against the removal of Confederate monuments and renaming military bases is pouring more salt into long-term wounds. He could care less about solving problems and is decidedly more of a political whore than you ever believed. Yeah, me, too.

What is America’s goal? What is the best result from all this contempt? Certainly, we cannot bake out, legislate away or demand that human beings stop being bigoted and racist, but we must understand the causes. Living in the south gives one a perspective on this issue. I have a North Carolina friend who argues that the South won the civil war and his southern comrades were such gentlemen they allowed the North to say they won. Huh? I would suggest that if you ask young people in the south what caused the Civil War, they would claim it was over states’ rights. That’s not the right answer; it was SLAVERY.

African American Slaves

In my book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, I write about how long it took to move the needle of change here in the US. It took 144 years for women to get the right to vote in our country. Why? We had hundreds of years of slavery in North America, while even with the Declaration of Independence it took 87 years to end slavery. Why? The people of 2020 do not have the patience to wait for change. There is something about Trump that keeps the question of equality and justice front and center. One is never sure where he stands with respect to the bright white supremacists who endorse him.

It was never Donald Trump’s goal to bring us all together. He has always been an US and THEM president without a core American value in his body. His only aspiration is making a country where everyone loves him and money flows to him and his rich, elitist friends. He cannot devote himself to analyzing facts. He would rather provoke someone with an outrageous statement or boorish putdown. And so, the cycle continues. The media focuses on Trump’s stupid diversions, which lessens the attention needed to solve our problems. The renaming of military bases is not important. What truly matters is using the power of the Federal government in orders and funding to make law enforcement better.

The aim of America has always been stability. We progress faster and more decisively when we aren’t obsessing about demanding problems. Wars, pandemics and financial recessions steal our attention and slow the processes of government and society. Having two of those things at once is debilitating. I cannot begin to imagine what would happen if Trump was also handed a war right now. But let’s think good thoughts; we have an election in four months.

There’s are lines in the Beatles’ Revolution song that warrant mention here. “You say you’ll change the constitution…We all want to change your head… You tell me it’s the institution…You better free you mind instead.” Yes, we need many Americans to free their minds from the grip of this inept, wannabe dictator and the damage he has brought. Trump supporters frustrate me because they have not figured out how this president has made their lives worse. Can they say they are better off now than they were in 2016? No, they cannot. Trump constantly wails against institutions and has lowered the respect for the very institution he runs, the government. Trump demonstrates that we are not supposed to respect the intelligence community and not to trust the FBI. He’s sold the proposition that all judges are biased, partisan people, but observe the importance of the appointments of “his judges.”

We don’t need destruction, tough cops or a revolution; we just need A BETTER PRESIDENT! The Beatles’ collection of music will be remembered forever, while Trump’s library of lies will eventually be burned to the ground by investigation and truth. As I said before, history will paint a picture that few will be proud of and I, for one, will never whitewash.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.

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One thought on “PROVOCATION & EXACERBATION

  1. you said: “[we cannot] bake out, legislate away or demand that bigotry end.”
    I asked much the same thing of a teacher one day. “What good does it do to change the law if you can’t change hearts?” He suggested that changing the law gave time and allowed room for hearts to change. But it assumes a willingness to change. Growth of neo-Nazism, and the backlash to the Black Lives Matter movements sugests hearts are not catching up to the law. So, we legislate. Not perfect, but SOMETHING.

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