The Bully In The Pulpit: He’s taking us for a mean and crazy ride

“I would rather be a little nobody,
then to be a evil somebody.”
Abraham Lincoln

Have you ever been chased by a bull? I have. I was 12 years old and running across a field to tell my father, and other workers harvesting peanuts, that lunch was here and ready for them to come eat. I didn’t see the bull until he stood up and turned toward me. I ignored him and kept running toward him. Then he started running at me! I stopped running but he did not. So I turned and started running back to where mother was. There was a barbed wire fence between me and her. I ran as hard as I could and jumped through the fence. The bull stopped at the fence bellowing and pawing furiously at the ground. I still have the scar from the fence down my left lower leg.

“Bullying builds character
like nuclear waste creates superheroes.
It’s a rare occurrence
and often does much more damage
than endowment.”
Zack W. Van

I am left wondering and questioning this morning:

  • How big will the scar be on America when Donald Trump, our elected bully in the pulpit, is no longer the president?
  • How long will it take for the scar to become faint and not be causing us pain on a daily basis?
  • Will the scar be like 911 and cause us sorrow when we think of it?
  • Will the scar be like the Cold War and cause us fear when we realize how dangerous the time really was?
  • Will scar cause barely hidden hatred of each other as the Civil War caused?
  • Will the scar make bullying common place and acceptable behavior?

I do not know the answers to any of those questions. What I do know is that we have a terribly flawed bully sitting in the Oval Office of OUR White House inflicting wound after wound on our nation.

“If you’re horrible to me,
I’m going to write a song about it,
and you won’t like it.
That’s how I operate.”
Taylor Swift

I thought of Taylor Swift this morning and her statement above. At first look it is mean-spirited BUT when I see the word “song” I realize what the beauty of her way of doing things really means. When you are horrible to her she turns your bullying, spite, jealousy, hatred into art. Not only does this help her to heal it helps others to heal as well.

“One’s dignity may be assaulted,
vandalized and cruelly mocked,
but it can never be taken away
unless it is surrendered.”
Michael J. Fox

Why have we surrendered our country to this mean and cruel bully Donald J Trump and all his Trumpsters? I’m not sure but I have a sneaking suspicion it is because we didn’t like Hillary all that much and Bernie had his chance stolen from him by the DNC and after all we didn’t  really  believe that DJT would win. I remember the shock and horror and weeping when the results came in and Hillary had lost. I know she didn’t have a great message and didn’t do some of the road work with the masses she should have and didn’t give a positive message to the world but rather kept trying to out-punch the orange haired bully. None of that matters. We voted him in whether we voted for him or not. We surrendered our country to this maniac and his crazy house band. Now what are we going to do?

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice,
you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse,
and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Desmond Tutu

I don’t know for sure what each of us as individuals can do. I do know none of us can remain neutral. To paraphrase Hillary Clinton, we each have to do, what we can, where we can, in the best way we can to conquer this bully. We have to write about it. We have to shout about it. We have to call our legislators about it. We have to post on social media about it. We have to not let ourselves become complacent.

Below is a video of Taylor Swift singing her song “Mean”. I thought it would be inspiring and uplifting after this ranting post and it some ways it is but for me this morning it made me cry. At least she is playing the banjo and hearing banjo being played is always a good thing.

 

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