SMACK IN THE GOB

I’ve heard this from a lot of people in a lot of places, so maybe there’s something to it.

Trump is a horrible president. He not only won the office, but has been a sore winner from day one. Of all the people elected to the presidency, he has to be the most unpleasant of any man to step into the Oval Office. Instead of taking this “honeymoon period” as an opportunity to try to make a few friends, maybe win over a couple of disaffected Democrats, he broke out of the gate hating everyone. From day one, he has been spiteful, nasty, bigoted, and thoroughly ill-tempered. Some people think he’s mentally ill, but regardless, he is extremely disagreeable. Any of us who hoped he might not turn out to be as bad as we thought … well, we sure were wrong about that!

He has been as bad as we feared — and worse. Every day in every way, he has been our political nightmare come to life.

Which may be the upside of his presidency.  The awfulness of these months or years may be  what finally blows the door off our proverbial electoral wall, getting people actively involved in politics and trying to make the world a genuinely better place.

Suddenly, after many a long year, people are out in the world. Demonstrating. Getting involved. Active. For the first time in 50 years, I’m seeing younger people waking up from their stupor and paying attention.

Is Trump horrible? You betcha. But maybe he was the smack in the gob we needed to get our act together.

You think?

26 thoughts on “SMACK IN THE GOB

  1. Definitely, but the current problem is that there are too many of these smacks crawling out of the woodwork and it is happening in too many countries. Turkey now has a fully fledged dictator and what I saw in the French elections who knows? Marie Le Pen? I hope not, but she has a good chance and we can then all wave goodbye to the EU and uniting Europe or uniting any thing. The masons are probably clapping their hands with all the wall building.

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  2. The people have truly lost confidence in their leadership. Which is why the likes of Trump are having a good time. Unfortunately Nazi Germany had a similar good time, we all know what it took to stop and what we all lost in the process. Have we learnt?

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  3. Not too long ago, last year or thereabouts, I said to my husband, ya know, we haven’t had any protest marches or demonstrations of note since the sixties…we are waaay overdue. And lookit this, protests all over the place. What’s next, sit ins? Where is Pete Seeger when you need him?

    (The thing that I noticed about Trump’s tirades, is how he still seems to be running for President, mostly by bashing the former President (it’s OVER, sir, let it go) and his former opponent. Dead horse. Let it GO.)

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  4. I still think there’s a lot that can be done in the schools. Young people aren’t interested in part because they haven’t been properly exposed to the effects of an election, and partly because they don’t understand the import of that election on the world. I hope that we haven’t lost the ability to create a stronger electorate

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    • I’ll bet after this one they’ll start paying attention, lol. They are hearing it from all sides, from parents, relatives, older people, even teachers, Cable, and the Net. The best exposure is seeing it first hand and in living color.
      And let’s face it, elections and government, when it’s well-behaved, is incredibly boring to kids. But throw a monkey (wrench) into the works, and they sit right up and pay attention.

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      • I remember as a school kid following the elections and thinking that they were quite exciting — I followed the conventions and the nomination with a scorecard in front of me, and knew more about the candidates than I did during my young adult years.

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    • I completely agree, though I think that’s just half the problem. The other half are parents who don’t bother to try to help their kids discover books and art and history. I didn’t find that stuff in school. I found ALL of it at home. From books. From a mother who was a passionate reader. Who discouraged TV and pushed books. It does make a difference. Whatever they do in school, if there’s no encouragement at home, it won’t take.

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      • Yes, how true. But if the parents are oblivious, then it’s the schools to spark the interest that the kids will carry through life. Unfortunately, Moms like yours — and mine — are rare these days — they are more absorbed in their work and do their family things in the evenings when they are tired and don’t have much time or energy to encourage the kids.

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        • Slmret, I’m not sure how much the schools do to “spark the interest” in kids these days. I’m not playing the blame game here. Often, class size and curriculums make it difficult for teachers. Toss in student malaise and it’s a hard job for many teachers. Social media distorts current events and kids wind up consuming inaccurate versions of who’s doing what. Sad!!

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          • There is no geography or ‘current events’ in the school curricula these days, at least in California, and history is abridged and pretty repetitive from grade to grade. The teachers do a great job with what they are given, but I still believe that even one unit each of those two subjects would draw out some leadership in at least a few kids. I agree that class size is a huge deterrent, both for the teachers and for the students. Student malaise is another issue — perhaps emphasized by the collapse of the family unit and the influences of social media. Do I advocate educational reform — you bet I do, but without much influence!

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            • I’m sure it would help, but that’s pretty much what I got in school, too. There has NEVER been a serious history curriculum in New York and isn’t now, either. OR in Massachusetts. I learned from reading historical novels and then getting interested in the characters and following them. Maybe if we would put more effort into teaching READING, we could solve multiple problems at the same time.

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                • Yes they announced it on the news a few minutes ago, but it’s only a hold. I’m hoping it’ll become permanent. So far, so good.

                  I learned geography “loosely,” but we at least had a globe to look at. We also had a globe at home. i learned a little more geography because when I read about a new place, I looked it up. I still think the bottom line of learning is reading. Not just to recognize words on a page, but content and context. I figure if a kid can REALLY read, the world is waiting. if they can barely make out the words, reading is a chore and they’ll never read for pleasure.

                  Unless their language is numbers, of course. That’s a whole different story.

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                  • You’re right that the key is in reading — a good book, well read, can open up the world to all sorts of exploration!

                    Our news said that the hold will be for a while as there are several suits that must be resolved, and that the administration is not anxious to take this through the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals!

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      • Here in Australia we have little choice in broadcast televisual delights and are largely confined to watching US TV (some new stuff but mostly re-runs) on our commercial stations. Some British stuff makes it up but i have lost count of the number of times Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley and Keeping Up Appearances series have been repeated on our main channels.

        These largely keep us from thinking – period.

        P.S. We currently are working through three different series of New Tricks on two different channels, 3 nights a week – all multiple repeats from days gone past. 😦

        Free-to-Air or pay TV (Cable) -it makes little difference.

        love.

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  5. You got me there 🙂 I’ve seen the second series of Janet King and most of Miss Fischer, neither of which are showing currently – even repeats! (On free-to-air anyways)
    I confess to not having paid any attention to APTCH before you mentioned it, largely as it was shown on Cable (Fox, which i’d prefer not to watch anyway) that i do not get. It was not quite the sensation down under that it seems to be in the US?? Fans probably enjoy it – but they hardly shout it from the rooftops, nor seem to be in great numbers down under?

    Obviously, we do get Aussie produced shows, but from 19 stations broadcast 24/7 on FTA roughly 75-80% is from the US with maybe 10% UK, the rest Aus or foreign. Several of the channels have nothing but US shows – they seem to be cheaper to buy than to make ourselves?? The two big exceptions are Home and Away and Neighbours, two competing teen soap dramas that have been around for decades now and are sold to UK and maybe the US? Not my cup of T 😉

    love

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