Sunday, January 22, 2017

reflection time?

On the one hand, the voice of the people -- some three million of them -- made Hillary Clinton the latest president of the United States. On the other hand, the pope cautions against the ground-swell of populism that, in broad-brush terms, put Adolf Hitler in office in 1933. You might think that the clash of populism-pro's and populism-con's would engender reflection. Instead, according to my very-inaccurate sniff-o-meter, populism smells delicious or dangerous depending on who is selling it this morning.

Oy-veh -- Hillary won and democracy has been flaunted.

Oy-veh -- Trump won and democracy has been upheld.

Those who know history better than I will be able to reflect on Rome's wrangles over the will of the "people" and the glistening exceptionalism of the Senate ... it's all crystal clear ... until you dig in.

As far as I can figure out, the 45th president hasn't DONE anything yet.
Women activists, outraged by Trump's campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be especially misogynistic, spearheaded scores of marches in the United States and sympathy rallies around the world on Saturday.


  1. The brown shirts, like any military coup, show that any minority that is sufficiently violent can take over a country.

  2. If it Quacks Like A Duck, Shoot it!January 22, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    As far as I can tell, rhetoric be it spoken, written or even Twittered can be quite powerful. As you have noted many find Trump's rhetoric very toxic. Clearly, the million or so women who came out yesterday seem to verify that notion.