What a strange dream. We were traveling from our house to LA, but did so in a circuitous route and along the way made a pre-planned stop at the Trumps house in New Jersey. It was a small home, like a suburban condo, and honestly I was a little initimidated in my dream by Trump in the sense he was moody and I didn’t want to deal with him in a bad/ranting mood, so was interacting with kid gloves. He liked football, as did his son, and was showing me highlights of his favorite game which was the Dolphins vs. the Jets in the 1960s with a shocking drop-kick ending that gave the Jets the victory as time expired. Trump was mumbling a little as he showed this, and I wasn’t sure why it was his favorite game and didn’t want to offend him by asking him to repeat it. Then it was time to leave, we got a car to the airport, we boarded a plane and flew out for Napa where were going to meet our now grown kids’ former nanny (wth?) who was joining us for the final leg of the trip, and we were glad to not be around Trump and his delicate mood anymore. We very specifically did not talk politics with him, and I didn’t mention the presidency. It was a vivid dream. As I said at the top – very strange.
On Father’s Day, so many people post tributes to their dad on Father’s Day. How awful it would be to have to do that for Donald Trump. It might look something like this:
I am very proud of my dad. He was born to a wealthy father, then took that money and nearly lost it all, but was able to declare bankruptcy and screw a lot of small business owners to salvage the family fortune. He was able to join a fledgling and exciting football league known as the USFL, and basically ran it into the ground by insisting it compete directly with the NFL – his fellow owners still resent him over the league disintegration. He is mocked relentlessly for his hairstyle, frumpy suits and small hands. Recently, he ran a successful presidential campaign where he called some women ugly, talked about grabbing women’s vaginas, made fun of the press that is so important in democracy that it is the very first amendment, then when was elected people were so distraught they protested in the streets. He is an inspiration to white supremists and extremists, has historically low approval ratings just a few months into office, and will all likelihood go down as one of the 4 worst presidents in US history, provided the US is still around in 2020 given China, North Korea and Russia’s ambitions. Needless to say, I am very proud of my dad, a very honorable and successful man. Sincerely: Donnie.
Ugh. How awful that would be :(. And this is not even remotely meant to be a humorous post…
I’ve seen references lately that Rome suffered through a leader like Trump (Caligula), survived him and had several more centuries of power. Some thoughts about that:
- The world moved slower then. Empires lasted longer because the world moved at a slower pace before powered engines, flight and instant communication. So a few centuries then is a much shorter time frame than now.
- Rome did not “survive” Caligula — they assassinated him. Not saying we should assassinate anyone, but the Romans took matters into their own hands (i.e. Acted rather than waited).
- Rome was facing challenges, but not the same as today I dont’ think. They did not have a powerful China, an antagonist in Russia and small states with nuclear missiles to contend with. I feel like these are much more dangerous/lethal times for the US, than Rome was facing with Caligula. Stakes are higher — and more instantaneous — for us at this moment than Rome faced in 1st Century AD/CE.
It’s scary to think where the world might be today with Trump in office at the times that Abe Lincoln, FDR, Ike and JFK had to navigate scary times.
Anyway, my two cents.
Trump has 42 people who need protection, plus he traveled every weekend. In his first year on the “job,” he will cost the Secret Service as much money as the Obama family cost over their full 8 years.
After last weekends racist riots and Trump failing to condemn the racists, yesterday several F500 CEOs resigned from Trump’s administration in protest and lashed out at him. What a sad state the US is in, when F500 CEOs show stronger moral fortitude than the President of the US. Trmp was recently described as a “vile man,” and to date that is truly the best description for him. Vile. What is sad is that the racists are misguided – they blame minorities for their problems when really it is our Decision Makers of the past 40 years who put us where we are in terms of disparity, including decisions made by the very same/wealthy F500 CEOs who are speaking out against Trump.
The riots last weekend really aroused people of all kinds and beliefs on all sides, even before a racists drove through a crowd of protestors.
Saw Lion at Sundance Theater with Wife M.
The theater was *packed*, with all showings sold out and loooonnnnnggggg lines at the cocktail bar. But it also added to some of the fun, and we met a nice woman a little older than me while we waited, and talked about our favorite movies of the year (all agreed that it is Moonlight, so far) and the shock of Trump’s decision to ban muslims from the country (another woman turned around and said she couldn’t believe that this is the modern US doing this). Our new friend made the comment how awful it must be for Trump’s wife to have sex with him, how she must just closer her eyes and remind herself that it (sex) will soon be over and she now has all that money 🙂
The movie Lion was disappointing. It started out with a great premise — here was a poor family in India whose young son steps on a train that takes him 1000 miles away – it is something I can picture happening and what is worse picture the horror of everyone involved.
But sooooo much of the movie is formulaic and predictable. And half the movie is the man wallowing and clicking on the computer while his codependent girlfriend tries to keep him grounded. At least 10 minutes of the film is watching the boy speed on the train (we got it after a minute) and another 15 minutes is shown with the man clicking on the computer in misery, as though watching a man search Google Earth really can be all that interesting. Finally, the symphony music plays the entire film without a break.
What is disappointing is the movie could have been so much more. As Wife M said, what if it were told from the mom’s point of view? She is poor and loves her family, and one day her two boys don’t return home from searching for food – every parent’s worst fear. Then she gets word that one of the boys was found dead (the worst!!) and the other has not been found (torture). So she spends the next 20 years praying every week, riding the rails whenever she can to search for her son. In the meantime, because she has two less mouths to feed, she can now afford to send her two surviving children to school for better lives (what a bittersweet moment the graduation must have been). Then, after all realistic hope has been lost for 20 years, her boy arrives again as a grown man. Goosebumps! And could have been an inspiring movie for those poor paretns of missing children.
I get why people cried in the film – it is a tear jerker when the mom and boy are reunited to symphony music in the background — but the movie pales in comparison to Moonlight and was not a great investment of 75 bucks for movies, parking, etc.
I remember the election of 1984 when Reagan absolutely routed Mondale. This year, I always wondered if Trump would win, but I woke up today fully expecting Clinton to route Trump today, that when the emotions settled down and when people went to cast their vote they’d vote for the “safe” choice of Clinton (like I did 😦 ). So I am stunned that as I type this Trump is probably going to be president of the USA. To me, people aren’t really voting for Trump – they are saying they want change. They are saying they are tired of making 8/hr and having to work Thanksgivings at Walmart while fleets of rich people get richer and richer and ship more and more jobs overseas, turn it over to automation or hire slave labor and fire 1000s of people without penalty while paying themselves millions. Today’s election was a cry for change, and the funny thing is that even if the stocks tank tomorrow it won’t hurt the 401Ks of the people who voted for Trump since none of them can afford 401Ks anyway. In most ways I am terrified today, and I am upset overall, and I am sick to my stomach that we elected a racist and sexist president, but in some small ways I am proud of America for making a statement. Trump is the wrong execution of the right idea. 😦 Unfortunately, Hitler was a wrong execution too… In the 18th century we had the Shay’s rebellion when the poor felt extorted by the rich – today the USA voted for Trump.