WE CREATED DONALD
Hi Again, From The Shores Of The Salish Sea. I’ve spoken before about the chatrooms I frequent on America Online as a virtual coffeehouse and as another way of sampling public opinion on topics of the day. And while it would be both unfair and unethical to detail the interaction I have there, addressing reflected concerns is not an invasion of privacy.
Criticism of Trump runs high in these two rooms and the specific concerns are reflected by the national media. My chatroom friends were critical of Obama and Clinton as well but the hate speech was minimal. This time, the language is much stronger and I sense the reason for this.
Sooner or later, we are going to need to confront the singular truth about Donald Trump and that is that we created him. Those of us who watched him on television, stayed at his hotels or bought what he sold gave him the popularity, the power and the wealth.
So did those who professed an aversion to his personal style but supported sexism, disinformation, amorality and an ego the likes of which the universe has not seen since The Big Bang because he had something they wanted.
Those who refused to take his political ambitions seriously supported him. So did opposition candidates who became so mired in their own political miasma that they engaged in the same behaviors they condemned in Donald Trump, leaving many Americans with little choice but a new face and a prayer.
Donald Trump did not take America away from us. We gave it to him. The sooner we accept responsibility for what we did to ourselves, the sooner we can go about correcting for course.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty Miller
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WE, THE LIVING
It was an International Women’s Day this last week and a lot was said about prominent women of all time. For some reason there was one woman in particular of whom I was thinking.
Her name was Kira and she lived in post-Communist revolution Russia. It is easy to imagine how difficult it could be to live in a country that changed so dramatically in one swing:. when you are told what to believe and love; when you see all ridicule of fanatic faith making people acting like machines, forgetting about human values and when you don’t know whom to trust and how to act.
That was the life of Kira Argounova, in playwrite and novelist Ayn Rand’s semi-autobiographical novel “We the Living“. And that was the lives of many whose stories were left untold. The novel and Ms Rand’s actual life are different in that her life had a happy ending, while Kira Argounova’s did not. But the tragic end in the novel itself shows that many who had “independent spirit” could not survive in such complete totalitarianism.
That how they said my own aunty was. She survived all the madness of Revolution, the civil war which followed, a series of famines, and the Second World War. On her 90th birthday, she was straight as a stick. Always in black dress, she used to sit at veranda with a long cigarette in a mouthpiece. The last quarter of her life was in peaceful, but even then, when it seemed the Soviet Union was in bloom, she would say very quietly, “If you just knew how we lived before Revolution”. She was right. Prosperity in the Soviet Union never did reach the level it was in 1913.
I read all novels of Ayn Rand and can understand her philosophy of objectivism. I loved all her characters like Dagny Taggart from “Atlas Shrugged”. But also I perceive her philosophy as a swing of pendulum from something she escaped, collectivism. So probably the truth lies somewhere in the middle. More than half a century after she wrote, we are still in search of paradigm.
In tribute to another Kira. God Bless you.
Thank you, beloved cousin mine. Kira Sovanof is pleased and she is very proud of you. Mishka
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Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.
Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.
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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB