Our reading from this Sunday was titled “Good Bones” from the poet Maggie Smith.
On Friday, January 20th, the year 2017, around noon, Eastern Standard Time, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. He had never held elected office once in his life. He is known primarily as a reality television star and real estate mogul.
And he defied all odds and was elected on a platform of nationalist populism. A nationalism that has been sweeping democracies from the Philippines to India, from France to the United Kingdom. A nationalism we should be paying attention to here and abroad.
And for us, in this country, a nationalism that was unapologetically misogynistic, irrational, xenophobic, racist, isolationist, anti-fact, and downright nasty. Should those words surprise you, I assure you my judgements of President Trump’s nationalism are taken directly from his own words, his own platform, and now his official Presidential agenda. He is now here to stay. For how long, we do not know. He is our President. And we are his employers. Read the rest of this entry »