What did you do yesterday? I know what Trump did and it didn’t represent anything he should have been doing…

Our country is in crisis, sick, suffering and dying. Unemployed and hungry. One would imagine that the leader of our country would be working tirelessly to guide our nation through a very dark and dire time. Ah not so quick as our POTUS spent his day, his power on Twitter yesterday. The term ‘POTUS’ originated as an abbreviation for “President of the United States” for telegraphic code operators in the 1890’s.  I can’t imagine anyone thinking that one day the term would become a Twitter handle for the 45th President(?).

What did he choose to do yesterday to guide our country through this pandemic? Twitter. Yes, endless tweets focusing on his favorite topic Donald John Trump. All paths lead to DJT. I watched a well-respected and experienced journalist choke up on air last night as he reported with despair and disbelief about how the President of the United States spent his day yesterday. This is how the leader of our country chose to spend his day in office. I thought about how many Americans spent their day yesterday…unemployed, in food lines, fighting for their health, their families, their livelihoods, home schooling their children, trying to feed their children…I don’t see a lot of room for Twitter in that list. With each press of a character he spun his self-serving narrative while rewriting his own lies. Masterful deflection. Like the dark times we are experiencing Trump’s behavior is unprecedented and certainly unpresidential. What would have made yesterday’s behavior Trumpian perfect if he was tweeting while having lunch with a disrespectfully unmasked Mike Pence at a burger bar in Fla with GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis. A missed bravado opportunity Mr. Trump…

An active shooter shot three people last night at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona. Well that didn’t take long as we “reopen America.”  I guess not everyone was Googling sour bread dough starters during quarantine. We have some major issues to address in our country and we are in desperate need of an administration that works for the American people. All of the American people. My father did not fight in WWII at age 18 for just some of the people and I will not let his efforts be in vain.

What have we learned during this very dire time? What are we learning? English theologian and historian Thomas Fuller once said, “The darkest hour is just before the dawn” A dark stormy midnight is upon us. Will we allow midnight to represent yesterday or will it represent the promise of a new day? A better day…

This is our home, our country and most importantly our future…our children’s future.

As my fabulous and very astute sister would say…”Time to get sharp people!”

          November 3, 2020…vote, your country needs you!

Author: Elizabeth Ricketson

A graduate of Providence College with a BA in English, Elizabeth Ricketson has always had a love of literature and the fine arts. Elizabeth’s essays focus on life experiences and life in Vermont.

2 thoughts

  1. Liz,
    Well written. I especially relate to your reference about your dad and WWII. The soldiers who fought and those who made the ultimate sacrifice did not die in vain. Nor did they fight for the likes of DJT. They fought for their families, beliefs and country. Shame on us if we don’t honor them with our vote in Nov.

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