The angst from the election has not yet begun to fade before the angst of the transition and a Trump Presidency begins. Trump’s first tweet (his favorite form of communication) demonstrated two things that the Never Trump people have known from the beginning. He hates the media and. just like the spoiled child, he is, anyone who speaks out against him is “unfair.” Essentially, that is only one thing in Trump’s mind, but whatever. Two strikes against the First Amendment right out of the gate.
The Trump regime, and that is what it will be, will follow its own rules, just as Donald has always done. He has already begun backpedaling on Obamacare, because it never really affected him, so why should he care? But watch out in the days to come for legislation to come relaxing the protection of the press against libel suits. That he does care about. While those who opposed him fear the worst and those who supported him see his promises fade into the sunset, we are going to need all the help we can get to deal with the anger and frustration to come.
We must continue to stand up for what is right. But we don’t need to stoke the flames of anger. Instead of name calling, let’s send out pictures of puppies. Who cannot love puppies? Plus they come in all colors, sizes, and breeds. You know, like Americans. Maybe puppies can help us build some bridges instead of building walls.
We must hold true to our values. But we still need to respect the rights of others. Instead of demonizing the “other”, let’s share pictures of kittens. Kittens are adorable, not deplorable. Their antics bring smiles to our faces, not shouts or anger. Have you ever heard anyone yell at a kitten, even when it is tearing up your favorite curtain? Of course not. People need more kittens in their lives to lower our levels of frustration and anxiety.
We must never give in to despair. We must stay involved not matter how bad the situation becomes. Ours is a great country. We have survived a Civil War, two world wars, the Great Depression and Richard Nixon. We can survive this as well. It may even make us a better country. Instead of crying about what’s wrong, look at bunnies. There are very few things cuter than a baby bunny. If you know someone who is struggling, share a picture of a bunny. Bunnies rock.
No, we are not in Kansas anymore. But instead of being fearful, let us try to be hopeful. Instead of lions and tigers and bears, let us take up the chant of “Puppies and kittens and bunnies, oh my.”