Bob chagined but hopeful, 15 January, 2017 (continuing the material beneath the column reprint): By the way, we fully recommend watching the movies Hidden Figures; except for the composite characters, historically spot on. Every boy and girl should watch this. Heck, Trump should watch it. Next: John Lewis. I think anger and frustration has gotten the best of you right now. Trust me, I understand. Still, In the spirit of MLK you need to be even more audacious: 1) INVITE TRUMP TO MEET WITH YOU IN YOUR OFFICE FOR A PRAYER MEETING AND SHARING OF HEARTS AND MINDS -- WILL HE? 2) LEGITIMATE OR NOT, HE IS THE PRESIDENT, AND THE OFFICE DESERVEES YOUR PARTICIPATION AS A LEADER OF OUR NATION -- THOUGH, WHAT I WOULD RECOMMEND IS THAT YOU KNEEL IN PRAYER DURING THE OATH AND SPEECH FOR HIM AND FOR OUR NATION TO FULFILL IT'S HIGH CALLING. I WILL.
Danville News Column
Robert John Andrews
Friday, January 13, 2017
“Lest We Forget”
Word Count: 750
A photographic spread of my profile-in-history will reveal scads of blemishes which embarrass me. Dumb things I’ve said. Immoderate things I’ve done. Worse, good things I’ve failed to do. Itch, scratch, squeeze. I fear I’m a far better man when expected to be responsible, which makes me suddenly recognize I’ve been oddly tick-like, sucking from others my life’s purpose. I need your cascade of contact. Hello retirement’s isolation. And Captain Kirk smirks: “Hello Captain Dunsel.“
I also have learnt that if I beat myself up for all my mistakes and missteps, I’d be too bloody and bruised to move in the morning. But that neither condones blithe disregard nor dismisses my failings. My flaws and weaknesses require the gutsy work of honesty, valuing criticism, naming and owning my sins of commission and omission, then using them, even appreciating them, to create a better future. Transformation.
Thank goodness I’ve been encouraged by persons prone toward loving-kindness and new chances.
Still, it’s dangerous to whitewash wrongs, lest we reduce muscular hope into lazy silence. To forgive and forget is utter nonsense and utterly unhelpful. Deeper, tougher, resilient, is to forgive and remember. Never ought we let ourselves get deceived from neglecting, overlooking wrongs, distracted by shiny objects.
We remember so we can be held accountable plus hold others to account, especially those entrusted with responsibility as public servants.
Does the American public have the attention span of a Labrador retriever? Our black Labrador loved circling about the backyard chasing whatever caught her attention: squirrel, bird, cat, squeaky toy, her tail.
You’d think the U.S. public would get tired chasing about willy-nilly, ignoring truth whenever dissembling politicians misdirect us by denying they’re politicians. Well, politics is the hard business of the possible for the public good. Politics is a noble, honorable profession, a virtuous calling. I suspect we instead have elected a salesman-in-chief who impulsively says anything to make a sale. I cannot even label him a liar because he’s such a pandering chameleon he lacks fixed principles. It’s almost comical, surely surreal. Our petty adolescent-in-chief acts so delusional he probably believes what he blurts when he blurts it. It’s very hard to be judged immoral when you are astoundingly amoral. I love a mystery but not plain foolishness.
Feet to the fire, lest we forget.
Let’s remember when he said the National Enquirer deserved a Pulitzer and disdained evidence in favor of tabloid propaganda and bizarro-world innuendo.
Let’s remember he’s a serial adulterer with a cowardly contempt for women, minorities, immigrants, disabled. It takes courage to listen, learn. Would you want your daughters in the same room with him?
Let’s remember his narcissistic need for attention, his juvenile delight in chumming the crowds.
Let’s remember his apparent absence of any substantive faith excepting his idols of control, pride, money, his Christianity a sham (which makes the sycophant drooling of the conservative evangelicals so embarrassing).
Let’s remember his jutting chin and braggadocio breast-beating refusal to reveal tax forms. Why? Image. Might they expose how indebted he is to Russian “investors”? Look, the red stripes of Old Glory are coloring both white and blue. Are these stars fading into sickles?
Let’s remember how the U.S. intelligence agencies nearly got it right about Iraq and Saddam. They fed reasonable information to the President but the cabal of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove squashed it, filtered it, adjusted it to fit their grasping narrative.
My prayer is that as he lifts his hand in sacred oath and assumes this hard business and burden of historical responsibility (not privilege) he will pull up his big boy pants, turn from his own words and misdeeds, and turn toward becoming a real man.
All of which explains why I’m proud that dozens of great local women are bussing down to Washington DC the day after the inauguration as part of the Million Women March to voice solidarity, strength, and support for common decency. I’m proud of these women heeding the call to remember what really was said, lest we forget, dismiss, and silently, sheepishly, fail to hold our leaders to account and to higher standards.
Noisy marches are part of our grand American tradition, from Civil Right days to suffragettes, from Coxey’s Army (led by a fellow reared in Danville) to the Bonus March by abandoned Veterans. I proudly recall my own participation in such a rally -- along with over 100,000 of us swarming the mall to protest Nixon’s second inauguration. Fun, fun.
Feet to the fire, lest we neglect.
Bob incredulous on 6 January, 2017: Ah yes, just finished my Ray Bradbury -- a good tonic in a Trump world -- I love a good mystery can't stand plain foolishness -- those Russian mobsters are enjoying a new year indeed. They got their own sputnik with orange hair.
Bob full of Merry Christmas, 25 Christmas, 2016: God, I love how the Republican party is extolling Trump this Christmas Day as their4 new savior, and how they are falling on their knees but only to kiss his ass.
Bob wry perspective, 21 December, 2016: I'm no snowflake. Nor a sore loser. Hew won the electoral college, not the majority of Americans regardless how he tries to twist it oherwise. it is simply that Trump is an idiot. He may be clever, but he's terribly stupid. Berlin for example. It ain't about him. He's such a pathetic dolt, he must push himself into center stage, as if it is all about him. Yes, that makes him an ass. Leaders are servants who make sense. Puffed up peacocks strut like Mussolini and can't wait to suck the world dry to feed them. He's already doing it to those who attend those rallies. He's used them. What will happen when they see they've been duped?