Eight years ago today, January 20, 2009, my wife and I stood, holding hands, in front of our couch, watching as Barack Obama took the oath of office. We felt this sense of pride that America had transcended its centuries of institutional racism and elected a black guy as our Commander-in-Chief.
Much has changed in eight years. My wife died the day after Donald Trump announced his candidacy. Racism is chic, Fascism is on the rise. Because of the vagarities of the Electoral College, the woman who won the Popular Vote will sit and watch as the man she beat by nearly three percent takes the oath of office. People like Susan Sarandon who vocally opposed Trump AND Clinton, mobilizing her supporters to waste their votes on Jill Stein had the temerity to show her face at an anti-Trump rally last night.
Two and a half hours from this writing, the era of competent government is over. We can only hope that this is as bad as it’s going to get — a thin-skinned baby man with the nuke codes. But somehow, we know better. It’s going to get worse, much worse, and quickly. Some foreign leader with nukes will say something to piss him off, and Trump will respond with a Tweet that starts WWIII.
We will have a President who, from the moment he takes the oath, will be guilty of an impeachable offense — violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. We have a president whose associates are being actively investigated for collusion with the Russian Government in the theft of the American Election.
Those who know their history will understand that this nation is on the precipice — the same precipice on which it teetered in 1861 when Abraham Lincoln took office.
President Lincoln was a wise man. He saved the United States of America.
Trump is not a wise man, and our nation is in extreme peril starting at noon EST today.