Feeling Trumped. (But I’m Almost Done.)

There’s a reason I haven’t contributed to this blog in well over a year. And with a plethora of SENTIMENTS ABOUT FAMILY, SOCIETY, AND DUMBFOUNDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR, there’s really no excuse. It’s not that I haven’t been writing—as paralyzed and hopeless as I’ve been feeling for the past 1109 days—it’s just that every time I start to unload on my computer I’m incited by another ridiculous, jaw-dropping political event, and my blood pressure goes up. I have to stop clicking in preparation for the sleazy, salacious details. Am I “shocked” about the latest national insult? Of course not. Demoralized, but never surprised.

I know I’m not the only one who’s been stuck in mud and despondent over our president’s antics. I have plenty of friends who’ve re-enameled their teeth because they’ve gritted them so much for the past three years. (That’s actually a lie, I don’t even know if there’s a procedure for that except for wearing one of those horse-bit things at night.) But I do know people who, like me, have taken to the bed only to throw their covers over their heads and pray that it’s just been an ugly, protracted dream.

I mean—and I know you’ve heard this before—it’s just that when you compound Trump’s behaviors with the sins of his relentless defenders—and they’re buzzing all over the place like worker bees—you wonder how the country will ever recover and regain its equilibrium. You attempt to hold on to your personal guardrails and remain stable in a republic you don’t recognize anymore. One that is morphing into an autocracy every day. This shit keeps me up at night. As well as the 24-hour news cycle.

I must liberate myself from the tyranny that is Trump. I’ve given my power over to him and I’m ashamed of myself. Besides, I have too much work piling up. And I don’t care if I sound melodramatic about all this. I’m a dramatist after all, so it’s okay. But more importantly, I’m an uber patriot, daughter of a double war veteran who’s just heartbroken about the current state of our union. I don’t care how good the economy is. (Don’t repeat that to my husband.) If I scratch my head one more time about the dumbfounding things I’ve witnessed lately I’ll need hair replacement soon. (Like tomorrow.)

Yes, you’ve heard all of this before. I swear I’ll refrain from posting anything else about our Useful-Idiot-In-Chief. I won’t mention his breathlessly corrupt colleagues, his turkey-necked partner-in-crime, McConnell, his treasonous, two-faced toady, Lindsay Graham, and the rest of the sycophantic turncoats in Congress. I won’t mention my disgust over the neutered impeachment trial, or the clear and present danger of Fox and Friends, The Hannity File, The Ingraham Angle, The Rush Limbaugh Show, and the Lou Dobbs whatever.

Yes, I’m done feeling Trumped, it’s just too unhealthy. I mean it. And you better damn well bet I’m taking it to the ballot box. Hell, I don’t care if the democratic nominee is Tarzan, he’ll get my vote. He’s certainly smarter and more civilized than the malignancy in office now. Take heart patriots and international friends, an election is upon us, and the American nightmare will soon be over! That’s what I tell myself anyway, when I finally cast off my covers, ready to face another unpredictable, “shocking” day.


4 thoughts on “Feeling Trumped. (But I’m Almost Done.)

    • Shelley Stolaroff Segal February 5, 2020 / 7:40 pm

      Today’s acquittal was demoralizing. Hats off to Romney though, who showed true courage–especially in light of what Trump will do to his family . . . . .


  1. Barbara Rosenberg February 8, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    I truly loved this article (and your great picture–beautiful) and I am more convinced than ever that I am an INDEPENDENT!    Trump has proved that our country is the greatest– because it can survive even with him in office.  Joining you in counting down to the next national election!  Did you see the great Netflix show about Bill Gates’ Brain?  Gates backed the development of a design for a new clean energy source to greatly reduce heat-producing CO2 from our environment, in the form of clean–and safe–nuclear energy using spent rods from power plants, now sitting in stockpiles with no place to safely go. The spent rod process will never generate the amount of heat to cause a disaster.  He made a deal with the Chinese to construct the prototype (couldn’t get it approved here), but the deal was stopped when Trump stopped trade with China. And so global warming continues, at least until the next election. Love to you and your family!  You are the best energy source I know! Cousin Barbara

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    • Shelley Stolaroff Segal February 8, 2020 / 11:00 pm

      Oh how I love your comment! And I’ve heard about Gates’ ideas about adaption vs mitigation. I absolutely will check out the Netflix show. I know a lot of Gen Z’rs and other young people who have chosen not to plan a family because they don’t know if the planet will be inhabitable down the road. It’s depressing. Thank you so much for sharing your comment and your energy! Much love to you always!


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