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IN GOD WE TRUST

12 Nov

Do you know what I discovered this morning?  It’s been three days since the election, and I woke up in my bed (very hung over), looked out the window, and discovered I had not moved to Canada as I swore I would if Donald Trump got elected. I thought about it—I really did.  My realtor even offered me a third more than what we had paid for our new retirement home last year, but . . .

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Cartoon used by permission: Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com

After seeing the light of day, I thought, “I can’t move to Canada—I hate snow, hockey, and bears!  Besides, this is my home—this is my country too, goddamnit!”   The United States of America is where my family has lived since one half of my ancestors were owned by the Wimbish slaveholders in Hayfield, Virginia (the slave owner’s house is still there and intact), and the other half of my ancestors were forced to march as Cherokee Indians on the “Trail of Tears” from their homes in Georgia to reservations in Oklahoma killing one out of every four of them.  “IT IS TIME TO PUT ON YOUR BIG BOY PANTS AND KICK SOME ASS,” I said to myself.  “Why should I move because half of my country pulled a fast one on me?  Oh hell to the no!  I ain’t ‘fraid of no Trump.  I’ve survived poverty, rape, mayhem, injustice, attempted murder, and mental illness.  I will definitely survive President-Elect Trump!”  (Although, I have to admit, I’m not as young as I used to be, and I had planned on playing Mahjong and sipping wine coolers all the rest of my days, but it looks as if God has other plans.)

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Cartoon used by permission: Osmani Simanca,  A Tarde, Brazil

WTF, I never thought it would be easier to elect a Black man to be President than it would be to elect an over-qualified White woman vs. an incompetent, self-proclaimed pussy grabber in our country.  I thought we were far enough into the grownup spectrum, that despite her obvious flaws, we were mature enough not to make false equivalencies (Although, here’s a tip Hillary:  Always humbly tell on yourself first before others steal your narrative and put their own shitty spin on it).   But I think I’m beginning to see that misogyny trumps racism, and we’re not as sophisticated and modern as we think we are.

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Cartoon used by permission: John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri

But the dude won fair and square, along with a little help from Putin, WikiLeaks, the KKK, and some dicks (Weiner’s dick pics, Bill Clinton’s reoccurring dick stories, and a dick of an FBI Director).  Donald Trump is now my president, and I will heed the example of the classy, magnanimous, high road of President Obama to “do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.” As part of my plan to help President-Elect Trump to succeed, I have written an open letter to him and some of the peeps who put him into office on behalf of the innocents who will be most affected by Trumps presidency if it goes off the rails.

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP

Dear President-Elect Trump:

Congratulations on your historical win of the White House.  As much as you fought long and hard against Hillary, I fought long and hard against you.  But I’m writing to let you know that now that you’ve grabbed hold of the pussy, I mean the brass ring (sorry, old habit), I am here to do for you what I did for President Obama.  I am a prayer warrior.  I believe in the power of prayer (don’t let my language fool you, Baby, God hears my prayers—oh yes, he does!).  I, along with thousands of others, prayed morning, noon, and night for the success of our current President in spite of all his haters.  I daily prayed for grace, wisdom, courage, humility, perspective, and the ability to dodge the assassin’s bullet.  You notice he’s still alive in spite of an unprecedented 30 death threats a day, and I saw on your face a momentary look of unabashed humility and wonderment when you were confronted with Barack Hussein Obama’s humility, grace, and magnanimity in your meeting with him in the Oval Office.  (Could you, Mr. President-Elect, have done what Obama did for you if you were handing over the keys to the kingdom to a man who viscerally hated you and had tried to delegitimize your presidency by being the face of the Birther Movement?  That, Sir, is the power of prayer.)

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Cartoon used by permission: Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

I suspect you thought you’d be back on one of your golf courses at this point and getting ready to start a TV news channel—richer than ever.  I don’t think you ever thought you’d end up in the White House.  You couldn’t have or you wouldn’t have done what you did:  awakened the dark side of our country’s nature (the sewer rats of racism, misogyny, xenophobia)—resurrecting racial politics we once thought were dead.  But you have a chance to rise above your carnival barker antics of the campaign trail and do the right thing for all of the people groups in our nation whose lives you have so negatively affected by your rhetoric.  I’m going to pray that you will keep your promise to be the “president to all Americans,” and that you start by speaking to the fears of Muslim-Americans, women, African-Americans, Latinos, and the LGBT community who have been randomly and outrageously attacked in your name since the election.  You can start by shunning the KKK who will be holding a rally in your honor because, as the White nationalist former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted on the night of your election: “One of the most exciting nights of my life.  Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump.”  (You see why one half of the nation is peeing their pants and calling the suicide hotlines?)  I am going to pray that you shock the hell out of all the nefarious people you’ve surrounded yourself with who are betting you won’t have the attention span to run our country properly so that they will be able to ram through their agendas which will push our nation backwards by a hundred years.   I am hoping you will do a little Apprentice, “You’re Fired!” on a couple of their hateful asses once you truly realize what’s going down.

Finally, I am going to pray that you sprain your Twitter fingers, and that they stay sprained until the end of your reign.  But most of all, I am going to pray that God will give you a heart of love for ALL of the people in our great nation, and that God’s will be done while you are President.  God bless you Mr. President-Elect, and may God bless these United States of America.

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Cartoon used by permission: Pat Bagley Salt Lake Tribune

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OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T VOTE, ANGRY WHITE MEN, CHRISTIANS FOR TRUMP

Dear 47.9% Americans Who Didn’t Vote: 

You are dead to me!  And I better not hear you complain or protest about one goddamn thing that you don’t like coming out of Trump’s presidency.  (I’m talking to you NFL “star” Colin Kaepernick!)  I read today that you just announced that you didn’t vote.  Fuck me!  So you think you’re all that and a bag of chips because you’re making a statement that “Black Lives Matter” by sitting out our National Anthem, but then our lives don’t matter enough for you to get off of your bougie ass to vote?  Oh, hell to the no!  I leave you and all the rest of your 47.9% lowlifes with a Martin Luther King quote that will remind you of the blood that was spilled to give African-Americans the right to vote, along with every other disenfranchised group in America, and I hope it breaks your heart (oh, and get off your bended knee, child, because your goddamn protest doesn’t mean shit):

“So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself.  I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact — I can only submit to the edict of others.”

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Dear Angry White Men:

I am angry too!  I am angry that you think you’ve found a savior who will give you back everything you’ve lost, think you deserve, and wish you had, even though he seems to have no moral center.  I don’t want your lives to be decimated any more than I want the lives of nonwhites to be destroyed, and I am pissed that the Democrats (and Hillary) ignored your legitimate pain.  I understand that Trump spoke to your pain.  I know you voted for Trump because he told you he’d shake things up in Washington and that he’d make your lives great again.  But I can’t imagine the anger you’re going to feel when you discover that the messiah you elected doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the working man or your joblessness, your shuttered towns, or the heroin epidemic that is consuming your children (he goes to work in a helicopter or a limo, his kids all went and go to private schools, and he upgrades the model of his wives when their tits droop).   Here’s the thing:  Mexicans didn’t steal your jobs—corporate greed and technology stole your jobs.  Turn your anger on the candidate you just elected—not on people who don’t look like you.  Trump promised to bring jobs back to your towns again, therefore, it is your responsibility to hold him to it.   Tell him that he can start by bringing the factories for his businesses back from China, Bangladesh, Honduras and Vietnam, India, South Korea, Mexico, and Slovenia* and put them into your towns and areas that lost factories.  Then I would join hands with all the other people (regardless of their race, creed, or color) who are suffering as you are to hold President Trump’s feet to the fire by forcing him to make other companies bring a percentage of their manufacturing jobs back to America.

Finally, put down the guns—this is not the 1800s.  What if all the nonwhites in America took up arms in response to the fear you generate with your guns?  If we marry our anger with our lust for power and control to the bridegroom of guns, every day will be a shoot-out at the O.K. Coral, and we’re all going to destroy each other.

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Cartoon used by permission: Pat Bagley Salt Lake Tribune

Dear Right-Wing Christians and The World that is watching you:

Oy! Oy! Oy!  What have you wrought, my brothers and sisters in Christ?  I hear you crowing in ecstasy on social media at the win of Trump as if Jesus, Himself, had returned (“Take that, you liberal jerks—Trump is anointed by God, and he will save Christianity from you Babylonian whores!”).  And I know you don’t and won’t hear the warnings I’m sending you in this note.  But Christians for Trump, you just screwed the pooch!  You are not only on the wrong side of history, but you are on the wrong side of God’s love.  And you know what?  I think that this is not the victory you think it is—this is a test as it has been on so many other historical occasions when Christians were supposed to rise up to meet the challenge of love, respect, and grace but sank into the gutter by prostituting themselves to power and greed.  Well, I’m praying for the Christian church like crazy, because when you realize what you have unleashed upon the world, and that you’ve been played “in the name of Jesus,” the cost to your souls will be incalculable.  Have you heard about the 200+ hate crimes that have happened across the nation since the election of Trump?  Are you hearing the cries of the Muslim, Latino, LGBT, and African-American children who are afraid to go to school because they are being tormented because their tormentors feel they have a champion in the White House for their bigotry?  I’m praying that these stories break your heart, and if you’re really pro-life—if you really love Jesus—you’ll mobilize with the rest of us to protect the lives of all those peeps whom Jesus loves, and you will confront your man in the White House to use his power to protect their lives and wellbeing.

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Cartoon used by permission: Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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I am discovering that this is the scariest place America has been in since the 60s.  I thought we were so much better than this.  I believed we were exceptional because of our diversity and our ability to be united.  I am demoralized by what I’ve seen come out of the election of Trump, and the only thing that helps me face this new, dark era is my trust in God.   I meant what I wrote to President-Elect Trump:  I will be praying for him like crazy that he will do the right thing.  But I will also figure out how I can use my sphere of influence, my finances, and my time to mobilize others to push back the darkness the Trump campaign and election have unleashed.  I hope all those who have a heart will do the same.

May God have mercy on these United States of America.

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Cartoon used by permission: Bill Day Cagle Cartoons

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               VISIONARY QUOTES ABOUT THE “COMMON GOOD” FOR THE TOUGH ROAD AHEAD

(COMMON GOOD:  Actions taken within a family, a group, a society, or a country for the benefit of all its inhabitants.)

“Patriotism is love of country. But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen. We don’t always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.”—Cory Booker

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans [emphasis=blogger], and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”—President-Elect, Donald Trump Victory Speech

Here’s some guidance right off the bat, Mr. President-elect: Those sentiments will have more force if you immediately and unequivocally repudiate the outpouring of racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic and homophobic insults, threats and attacks being associated with your name. Do this in a personal plea to people who supported your candidacy [emphasis=blogger]. Tell them this is not what you stand for, nor is it what your new administration will tolerate.”—NYTimes Editorial/”Denounce the Hate, Mr. Trump

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Cartoon used by permission: Rick McKee The Augusta Chronicle

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REFERENCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/08/26/how-many-trump-products-were-made-overseas-heres-the-complete-list/ [*]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/11/10/franklin-graham-the-media-didnt-understand-the-god-factor/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/american-minorities-donald-trump_us_582344d6e4b0e80b02ce3f57

http://www.salon.com/2016/11/11/this-cant-become-our-new-normal-hate-acts-reported-across-the-country-in-wake-of-trumps-victory/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/11/colin-kaepernick-didn-t-vote-don-t-complain.html

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26 responses to “IN GOD WE TRUST

  1. nonnie9999

    November 12, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    My Dearest Eleanor,

    You are a far better person than I am, because if I was a praying person (and I might turn into one after this disaster), I would pray for the demise of that disgusting hateful piece of garbage that is now called President-elect. He has already told us what his vision of this country is by the people he has chosen for his administration. Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Beauregard Sessions, John Bolton, etc. reads like a list of deplorables who belong in a basket at the bottom of a lake. I will not hope for success for a man (using the term loosely) who believes woman are nothing but a set of fake tits and a grabbable pussy. I will not hope for the success of a piece of shit who calls Mexicans rapists and Muslims terrorists. I don’t cheer his sudden “presdentialness” that the media has bestowed upon him, because it is just him playing a part. People are clapping, because he said he might keep parts of Obamacare after talking to President Obama. Yeah, right. That will last just up until the next person speaks to him and tells him something else. We have to keep our fingers crossed for 4 years, hoping that the last person he speaks to before making a major decision has some common sense? Look at whom he surrounds himself with. What are the chances of that happening?

    So, dearest Eleanor, you can see that I am not at the stage of acceptance. I never will be. I will never, ever forget the feeling I had as I drove home after realizing that the unthinkable had happened. As I tried to stay on the road as gallons of tears blinded me, I wondered if my relatives in Poland and Hungary had the same feeling of dread when Hitler took power. Over-dramatic? Maybe, but I don’t think so. Even if the whining toddler-in-chief is not the new Adolf, he has certainly given rise to and permission to the worst elements in our society to do their awfulness. It is already happening, and I fear it will only get worse. When do they issue the yellow stars, the crescents and the pink triangles that we will be required to sew on our clothing? How long before everyone is slinging a gun and is allowed to shoot people because they feel threatened*?
    .
    *Only white people are allowed to feel threatened under the law.

    I’ll stop now, dear Eleanor, because I am only working myself up into a new lather. I feel blindsided. This election has torn off the mask of civility that was hiding an awful toxic brew of hatred, racism, bigotry, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, white supremacy and who knows what else. This is not the country that I thought it was, and I honestly wish I could afford to leave it. I was gullible enough to believe it had changed, but I was wrong.

     
    • etomczyk

      November 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Oh Nonnie, I agree with you. I’m just trying to find the route of sanity to meditate on because I can’t get a heart attack over this. I just found out that 100 million people didn’t vote. That really hit me hard. Somehow 100 million sounds far more cataclysmic than the statistic I used of 47.9%. I tell you one thing, if this election result doesn’t knock Americans out of our complacency than I don’t know what will. Stay strong my friend–we will overcome. oxoxoxo E

       
      • nonnie9999

        November 12, 2016 at 9:18 pm

        Eleanor,

        I wish I could say that I was kidding when I wrote all of that. I was pounding so hard on my keyboard that there was smoke coming out of it, and I am surprised I still have an intact desk.

         
    • Elyse

      November 12, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Just say what you think, Nonnie. Don’t hold anything back. And then let me agree with every dam “fuck” you uttered.

       
      • nonnie9999

        November 12, 2016 at 11:18 pm

        And now you know why I should not be allowed to speak around small children.

         
      • Elyse

        November 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

        With Trump’s election, I think that has gone out the window. You know, teaching children civility.

         
    • Susan

      November 17, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Hi,

      If you’re wondered if your relatives in Poland and Hungary had the same feeling of dread when Hitler took power, you will want to read this article a friend sent me.

      What to Do About Trump? The Same Thing My Grandfather Did in 1930s Vienna

      http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/217831/what-to-do-about-trump

       
    • composerinthegarden

      November 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      What she said.

       
  2. imagesbytdashfield

    November 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I just hope the democrats in the house and senate do unto the Cheeto as the republicans did unto Obama…just saying.

     
    • etomczyk

      November 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Terri: Somehow, I think he’s going to do himself in. There are already predictions that he is either going to quit or get impeached. These sure are fascinating times. Stay strong!

       
  3. Elyse

    November 12, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Oh Eleanor. How the hell did we end up here. I will not pray for Trump, because what I wish for him would quickly result in a knock on the door. I do pray for America, though. And right now, America needs prayers.

    Impeachment or quitting for Trump would leave us with Pence who is equally if not more horrible in a different sort of way.

    We all need to be vigilant, shout out the transgressions of these folks. And I don’t think that will come without danger or cost. We will be the American Resistance. We must be or we will become what we once fought against. We will fight with our words.

    Scary times ahead.

     
    • etomczyk

      November 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Elyse. Can you breathe yet? I barely can. I still wake up in the middle of the night in a sudden start as if I was having a horrible nightmare. As to praying for Trump, I’m not praying for his agenda to succeed, I’m praying that he will do the right thing in spite of himself, and if he doesn’t that God will fry his ass. Translation: implode his White House reign on the level of Nixon’s take down. In the meantime, you are correct: We must be part of the American Resistance. I will use words, I will use finances, I will use my service. Take care.

       
      • Elyse

        November 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        That’s all we can do.

         
  4. zorbear

    November 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    YOU hate bears? You HATE bears? You hate BEARS?

    😦

     
    • etomczyk

      November 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      LOL! Aww Zorbear, I don’t really hate bears–only the live ones that stand 8ft tall and can snap me in half with one bite like a grizzly bear.

       
      • zorbear

        November 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        Well, okay then. But just because I’m only 8″ tall doesn’t mean I won’t be 8′ tall someday!
        😛

         
      • etomczyk

        November 17, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        Ah, but Zorbear, I know you will be a kinder, gentler bear which will make all the difference.

         
      • zorbear

        November 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        Maybe, but don’t tell anybody — as a male I have to maintain a certain image, you know…
        😀

         
  5. Calvin S

    November 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I’ll keep this short. This is exactly the reaction from you I knew was coming. Eleanor does not run from Monsters. Its common sense;never run from a dog or bear, as that is when you’ll get bite. Human beings fear the unknown, and for the most part the reason we do ‘stupid shtufffs’.

    You would have enhanced Canada no question, but to be truthful ‘Canada’ is not Shangri-La’. It’s just different grass on the other side of the fence. Take care my friend, fight the good fight!!!

    BTW, an you may delete this…. SHTUFFFS in no more. It has been removed and won’t be back ever. But I will try try to stop in from time to time.

     
    • etomczyk

      November 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Calvin. So good to hear from you. I know Canada is no Shangri-La because its people have human hearts like all the other people in other countries, and the human heart can be desperately wicked when it chooses to be. But it sure makes one sad that there is no other option to move to for the time being until this madness passes. By the time Trump is finished, the ramifications of his choices will be reeking havoc long after I’m dead and gone.

      So sad to hear that you are closing down your blog. I shall miss your voice. Do stop by my place from time to time or drop me a private email letting me know how you’re doing.

      All the best . . .

       
      • Calvin S

        November 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm

        Eleanor, I am not a political analyst by no means. Actually am probably the least political person you will come across. But I do like to watch and study people. From what I can see, the Trump Administration will be the least effective presidency the United States has ever seen. Stymied at every turn from within the Republican ranks, the Democrats will do their t’ang regardless. Yes it is going to be interesting. But you will be fine, your family will be fine, Your grand children will be fine. Life is always a struggle, no matter who or whom you maybe or was or will be. Take care. And don’t let ‘the man’ get under your skin.

        See ya around some time ‘E’.

         
  6. aFrankAngle

    November 17, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Hey E-Tom,
    I can tell that (in your own way) you are trying …. and for that I applaud your effort. Nope, it’s not easy to accept … and yes, there is a great unknown … and yes, a great unknown that normal … but time will tell. Thanks for not crossing the border.

     
  7. composerinthegarden

    November 22, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Eleanor, your words always brace me and give me perspective. And make me laugh, even when I don’t want to 🙂 I had to hold it together after the election because my students were so upset and I couldn’t be. But by the end of the week, ugh, I just got sick. And the circus continues. . . anything could happen in this strange Twilight Zone world in which we now live.

     
    • etomczyk

      November 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Lynn. I am still in a state of shock. Asking myself everyday, how can I fight against the darkness that is sure to accompany this administration long after this President-elect is gone. I still can’t put the words “president and trump” together. I feel as if I’m on a ship of fools who’ve never sailed before, and they have killed the captain and mutinied against any of their ship mates that know how to steer the boat. And if that metaphor isn’t enough for you, we’re headed into the perfect storm.

       
      • composerinthegarden

        November 23, 2016 at 3:42 pm

        I continue to struggle too, Eleanor, and the garden is my true refuge. However, something that helped me process the event into a context was watching “Michael Moore in Trumpland”. His take on Hillary was spot on, as well as his approach to the Trump voters – thoughtful and powerful. I saw a clip online in an interview but watched the whole thing on HBO. I still think we are in deep doodoo, though.

         
      • composerinthegarden

        November 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

        One more thing, Eleanor, a beautiful inspiration and why we must continue to have hope. Here’s a song sung by children that represent the true beauty of our country: https://youtu.be/aCLI7ewjvBo

         

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