Everywhere you turn today, American drama fills the airwaves and newsfeeds. The focal point on Friday was the fact that Flynn pled guilty and made a deal with the FBI. People are celebrating the very real possibility that the Trump nightmare could be coming to an end. But will the downfall of Trumpism come soon enough to save America from ultimate ruin?
While Flynn dominated the news on Friday, another very real disaster loomed on the horizon of America’s future. The senate was feverishly trying to push through the most destructive tax bill to have ever reached the Senate floor. Their focus was clear to anyone paying attention; they needed to get this legislation passed before their house of cards began falling in the oncoming cyclone. This sadistic bill, known as the Republican tax plan, will not only dramatically increase our deficit, but it will also decimate Trump’s base of gullible supporters. To anyone who has been paying attention, or possesses even the most minute shred of intellect, this is not coming as a shock. Trump has always been out for himself, and couldn’t care less about anyone outside the 1% bracket.
So the Republicans who have been diligently denying the truth about Trump, have been doing so with the end game in sight. They have been focused on tax reform that would benefit their own bank accounts, regardless of what it does to the nation and her citizens. Trump and his minions knew how to play the down-trodden and ignorant masses in American, and did so with extreme skill. Now America is on the cusp of ruin.
Most of us woke up Saturday to the devastating news that the demonic entity could not be stopped. Now we just wait for the House-to-Senate discrepancies to be reconciled before it goes for a final vote. All one has to do is look into the tax bill legislation to see who and what the reform will affect the most. However, the effects of the reform will not be immediate, and it will be a few years before we fall into a deep recession and strive toward bankruptcy while our senior citizens, children and impoverished suffer the most. This is merely one of the crises facing this nation today, with many of them having a greater immediate impact.
This current state of affairs has led to a deep divide in this country that hasn’t been seen or felt since the Civil War era. Trumpians and the Resistance stand in direct opposition, waging an inner war that is being fueled by Trump himself. He has managed to brainwash his followers, leaving all true Americans shaking their heads in disbelief. The battle rages on, with the resistance trying to get Trumpians to see the truth, but they are thoroughly convinced that the only truth comes from the mouth of their orange messiah. It doesn’t matter how many facts are presented, they refuse to abandon the man they have come to worship as a deity. This leaves the resistance exasperated, unable to fathom their level of willful ignorance. Trump needs to keep the two sides fighting. If all Americans were to stand together, and fight for the true soul of this nation, then Trump’s fascist uprising will falter.
Many of Trump’s supporters have started to awaken from their delusional state, and are seeing the truth. They realize they were played, manipulated, and conned. The supporters that still stand firm with him comprise the darkest demographics in this nation. The White Supremacists, pseudo-christians, evangelicals, bigots, homophobes, and other hate-filled, ignorance fueled ideologists will always stand with him. They support his image for America, seeing it as a straight white country with zero room for anything outside the “approved racial criteria”. They are the most dangerous aspect of this entire divide, the true deplorables. They represent the darkest part of this nation, and stand in direct opposition to what America truly is. The deplorables call themselves Patriots, yet the Resistance, which includes the defectors who saw their mistake and joined the Resistance, are the true Patriots. They are fighting for the real America, and the core values she was built upon, with unfaltering opposition to anyone who tries to destroy her.
Another daunting, but undeniable attack on our democracy, comes from a foreign adversary who has skillfully managed to infiltrate our country. While the true motives of Putin cannot be ascertained, one can surmise his ultimate goals simply by looking at Russia’s history. It would truly be a great feat for Russia to manage to seize power in America, making them unstoppable. America now has Russian leaders, with a mere figurehead in the White House, as we fight to rid our democracy of the infestation before it becomes unstoppable.
If we look away from the Russia dilemma for a moment, we can’t help but face one of the most devastating Trumpian related casualties for a proud American to deal with: our reputation. We have become the dunce nation of the world; the constant butt of most jokes. We are seen as stupid and arrogant, with a clown for a leader. We are seen as racist, and dishonest. We are seen as fools. America cannot be trusted or relied upon. We reject science and fact, falling prey to fake news and a fool’s tirade. America has become a laughingstock and a pestilence, which will rapidly diminish any power or sway we have with other nations. In the eyes of the world, the real America has already fallen.
Of course, this leads is to the constant fear in the hearts of many Americans. We stand on the brink of war, akin to the Cold War and the constant fear that lingered over my childhood like a wet shroud. We wonder who will push the button first, our toddler in charge or North Korea. Even if the current battle of egos doesn’t lead to a Nuclear Holocaust, war is still becoming rapidly unavoidable. This reality becomes even more prevalent when you look at Trump, and his very vocal love of war. With his childishly petulant ego, he would go to war simply to pretend to be a powerful leader. This becomes magnified when you add his obvious mental instability to the mix. I fear that he will start a war as a last-ditch effort to remain in office.
So this week, as even I smiled and cheered at the Flynn news, I also felt a sense of futility. The traitors will go to jail, and the White House will be taken back from the darkness. But sadly, I cannot deny a very real truth that waits just outside our field of vision, as if trying to save us from the trauma of reality. The wheels have already been set into motion, and the ultimate trajectory for America’s future has been set. It might already be too late to save us from ruin, and history will tell the story of a once great nation that became too complacent and arrogant, leading to her downfall. All that will remain is a pile of rubble, and stories in history books hoping to serve as a warning to future generations lest history repeat itself once again.