Friday, January 20, 2017

Doomsday?



Any body else feel like I do today?

I woke up this morning with this feeling of impending doom. The last time I felt even this close was when we had trouble selling our house in Pennsylvania and were struggling paying two mortgages and facing financial ruin. The feeling I have this morning is even worse.  I fear for our country.

Do I really have to explain what is the source of my feeling of impending doom?  For those of you still wondering, it is the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

What have we done?  Correction, what have THEY (those people who voted for Trump) done?  Don't they realize that they voted for a person who is grossly unsuited to lead the most powerful country on the earth?  

Last night I was listening to Trump speak at one of the pre inaugural events, hoping he would finally begin to act presidential.  Didn't happen.  Believe it or not he was still bragging about wining the election instead of speaking about bringing our country together.

My immediate fear with the new Trump administration is that the Republicans in Congress will steamroll their long desired wishes to begin dismantling the social safety net of Social Security and Medicare. 

My second fear, and this folks just scares me to death, is that Trump's finger is on the nuclear button.  I haven't been this afraid since I was eight years old and told to crawl under my school desk of the Russians dropped the atom bomb.

I'm not afraid to admit that I am afraid.  God help us.

14 comments:

  1. Ron, I'm also one of the few who are old enough to vividly recall the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. As far as world politics is concerned it was far and away the most scary few days of my life. Our class at school kept glancing out of the windows to look up at the sky - quite absurd, of course, considering the earth's dimensions - but it was symptomatic of our collective nervousness. And then, oh the relief on hearing the news that Kruschev had eventually blinked and backed down! - but, boy, while the crisis was going on we really were saying our prayers!
    I recognise a bit of that same drama right now, only this time we don't know with whom any facedown will made - North Korea, China, Iran - even Russia (it's a dead cert that there'll be an enormous fall-out there, and before very long too). I'm wanting to get out my rosary beads and fall to my knees, only now I have no one to pray to!
    My knees are about too start knocking.

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    1. Ray,
      The inauguration is complete. Now we are entering unknown territory. God help us.
      Ron

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    2. I really feel for you, Ron., as well as for all like-minded (i.e. sensible) people). It's not just the international role and responsibilities (or withdrawal from them) - prominent among which is the environmental agenda - that scares us non-Americans to smithereens, it's what's to come on his domestic policy that's truly terrifying.
      With the laughing off yesterday of the rain as a sign of approval from above (and I bet there are many who actually believe it) what hope is there? Precious little, I reckon. Even if there'd been a lightning strike that also would have been taken as a positive token of Divine satisfaction! Oh, weep!

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  2. It is a Beautiful Day!!! I am extremely happy today :). I am sorry you are so down.

    Melissa

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    1. Melissa,
      I hope and pray I am wrong. I am prepared to be pleasantly suprrised.
      Ron

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    2. So so you are afraid of Trump but yet the Liberals are out destroying property and attacking people!!!!

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    3. Melissa,
      Those few people who destroyed property inauguration day were wrong. Yesterday when millions marched worldwide without one instance of violence are who I support. One good thing that is coming out of the disaster that is Trump's election to president is that he is united people, against him and the alt right agenda. Thank you Donald Trump.
      Ron

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  3. Ron,

    I am numb.

    I was born in 1957. I do remember 'duck and cover" and going under our desks in grade school. We lived on a missile base-Grand Forks, North Dakota.

    I have been through a lot in my young years.

    I am despondent.

    To me it is not about political party. Granted I did not vote for Trump, I can accept political differences, and a strong debate on how the congress should move our country forward...

    What bothers me most with Trump is ethical, morale, caring for our fellow man. How he is as a person. That concerns me. By your actions one will truly know who you are. Not what Kelly Ann says about Trump-to look in his heart. Really!

    I am afraid that our country will move backwards. Maybe two steps forward and one backward. "The swamp" is getting deeper.

    I could go on and on.

    Lord Help Us!

    Maybe we will be presently supersized. I don't think so. Just look at Trump's cabinet he is trying to run through. It does not bode well for the us, especially the least of us.

    Thanks for letting me vent.





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  4. Many outside the USA feel exactly the same way...Doomsday. I can only hope that he is removed from power as clearly he is completely incompetent to run the country or have any hand in what happens with the rest of the world. The bookies are betting he will be impeached. Also that the people will rise up against him which is already happening. Hopefully before he does too much damage.

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    1. Cheapchick,
      Trump's first day as president was a disaster. It will only get worse from here. Already his is breaking the law by not giving up ownership of his hotel in Washington. It's just a matter of time before he self destructs. He's already on that path.
      Ron

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  5. Ron - I liked Tom Hanks' comment. To paraphrase - I didn't vote for him but I hope he does such a great job I'll vote for him next time. But, admittedly, I feel positive for the USA.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      This may surprise some, but I do hope Trump's presidency succeeds but I doubt it. He's 70 years old and he is set in his ways. He will never change. The only good thing his election ha done is unite his opposition.
      Ron

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  6. been researching bomb shelters online and wondering how hard canning can be. I do not ever remember feeling this bad without a hangover.

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    1. Oliver,
      I don't remember feeling this bad either. I am very concern with what is going to happen with this country but I am not afraid of Donald Trump. He can't bully me nor the millions who are in opposition to him.
      Ron

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