Image of the Week
11-21-2020

           

Shame, Shame, Shame


Hi All,

This is a recent neighborhood shot of i-don't-know-what-but-it's-kind-of-cool. I'd welcome your input on it. I took it with my Panasonic Lumix GX7 camera with 3-D lens and frame sides for phantogram processing.

I thought I'd be close to done ranting for a while about the horrors of Trump and his people, but I guess I'm not ready to retire from it yet. I'm embarrassed and ashamed of what's happening in the USA. We used to be a good example of freedom and democracy to the rest of the world. Certainly not perfect, and not without overt racist and classist tendencies, but now we're in danger of saying goodbye to even the most basic the ideals I grew up believing about our country.

Any kid who enjoys sports learns about winning and losing, suffers through a number of losing games, and a fair share of losing teams. In doing so we learned the importance and value of being both a good winner and a good loser. Clearly any such lessons were lost on Mr. Trump. Considering the legal challenges he's about to face out of office, he had a lot to lose in this recent election. His unprecedented actions as a bad loser now endanger us all.

I keep going back to thinking about why people follow Trump. A tragic element of Trump and his brand of politics is his appeal to people who feel they've too long been on the losing end. He tells them he and consequently they didn't lose the election, they won, but were cheated by demonic democrats, antifa, perverts and pedophiles. In doing so he provides them with a purpose, the sense of being warriors and patriots in a struggle against anti-American forces. In joining him in his pathetic fiction, he turns a great many countrymen and women against each other in a desperate attempt to rescue himself and prop up his vanity.

His Republican enablers in congress and state houses, opportunists and cowards, know perfectly well that Trump lost, but feel powerless to contradict him, and fearful of his wrath. Far from serving the public they care only about maintaining power despite the cost.

To counteract Trump and his people it's up to us to stand up and speak out, or forever suffer the consequences of our inaction.

Barry Rothstein

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