In case you have noticed, I have been away from my column for some time now. After the election of Donald Trump I decided to take some time off and work on my mental and physical health. I got away from politics for a while and I recommend that everyone should take some time off from watching national news programs such as MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. Believe me you will feel more relaxed. I have not watched any of these programs since election night.
On election night, I had a bad feeling about how it would turn out. Early results confirmed my apprehension. I knew that Hillary had lost. I switched away from the news stations and the election results and began watching a “Twilight Zone” marathon on one of the satellite channels. When I awoke, the TV was still on and another Twilight Zone episode was playing. As I read the newspapers and watched local news during the following weeks, I began to feel as if I was in the Twilight Zone.
The constant attempts by the news to analyze why Trump won the election got to be too much. It is a no brainer. The Republican Party out maneuvered the Democrats. Using gerrymandering, voter suppression and playing up to the religious right and the racist right wing (I’m tired of the term alternative right, call them what they are). Throw in a third-party candidate, the angry Bernie Sanders supporters and a low voter turnout and you had a recipe for disaster. Add to that the Russian influence, yes, they wanted Trump to win and did what they could to see it happen. There is a big money deal involving Trump, the Russians and the oil companies that hinges on the U.S. lifting trade sanctions against Russia that were enacted by the Obama administration due to Russia annexing Crimea.
What is amazing to me is that We the People voted to elect Hillary Clinton to the tune of nearly three million more votes than Trump and no one seems that upset about it. We accept that it is our system. We need to change that system and get rid of the Electoral College.
Here we are, months into Trump’s presidency and things are turning bizarre. Trump’s cabinet appointees are a bad joke on the American people. Steve Bannon an outright white nationalist is having too much influence on Trump, although that is now changing due to Bannon feuding with Trump’s son-in-law. Let’s hope he gets rid of him soon.
Then there are Trump’s lies, his many lies including his “alternative facts” which are nothing more than lies and propaganda. His spokespeople are no better trying to explain his Twitter rants and his untruths. He says one thing one day and then the opposite the following day. Trump attacking the press and judges that disagree with his viewpoints is either an immature response of a spoiled man-child or the calculated action of someone to turn public opinion against the press and our legal system. These are acts that dictators have used in coming to power. These lies and Trump’s denials began to remind me of the old DC Comics Superman story lines about the Bizarro World.
The Bizarro World was where Bizarro Superman, an imperfect replica of Superman lived. It was a world that was the complete opposite of our world. Where Earth is shaped like a globe, the Bizarro planet Htrae was cube shaped. On Htrae it is a crime to do good or what is right, and to do anything well or make anything perfect or beautiful. Lies are truth, hate is love, good is evil and war is peace. It is a world of twisted logic, kind of like Trump’s cabinet appointees. It is a world we better get used too even if we can’t accept it. The Bizarros are among us and Bizarro Superman has orange hair. To understand them and get through this bizarre new world just remember and repeat after me, Trump good, Trump no tell lies, me no like facts, me love Trump.
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