Hi, Richard, thanks for reading and posting your thoughts. I agree with you 100%. Regardless of party, politics have always been weighted with less than honorable actions. I hate that I never really paid close attention to most of it until things had a direct impact on my life.
I live in NC and I’m the mom of a trans teen who was just beginning their social transition in 2015/16 — when HB2 (“The Bathroom Bill”) was brewing & later signed into law. I started paying closer attention, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing. I knew a woman who went to the NC Legislative bldg daily to sit in the public gallery and livestream (and tweet out) what was happening. The level of corruption in the NCGOP was something I thought I’d never see on American soil. And they were doing it right before our eyes.
Then, leading up to the 2016 presidential election, watching the Republican party on a national level — it felt like they’d taken a page directly out of the NCGOP playbook, move for move. I remember turning to my husband in late 2015 and saying, “Trump’s going to win.” I could feel it. It was echoing everything we’d just experienced in NC a year earlier — people weren’t paying close enough attention (or weren’t paying attention at all).
I fully agree with you that we need to see what is happening with this presidency as “different.” Because it is. Not only that, but it’s wildly abnormal. Greed in this country may’ve already been like a slow cancer, but Donald Trump was not the treatment. He was a metastatic tumor.
The day after the election I wrote “THIS IS NOT NORMAL” on a note and taped it to my refrigerator, so I’d never take politics for granted ever again, and so that I’d never allow any of this circus to become normalized. I fear that far too many Americans have already normalized it.
Thanks for the kind words.