One final thought as for the remainder of the day I will purposefully not say another word about today's events in DC.* I truly am frightened and horrified by what's happening. I've been using a combination of humor, exaggerated outrage, and foul language as a coping mechanism and a way to mask some of what I've felt and am still feeling. My reaction is not based on the fact that a "Republican" is taking the office. I wouldn't be feeling the way I do if it was a garden-variety Republican politician becoming President. Don't get me wrong -- I wouldn't be happy about that either, but I certainly didn't react this way when George W. Bush was elected or reelected. No, our President-elect is something far different.
Trump has stated and proved repeatedly that he is not a Republican politician. He is a narcissistic, misogynistic, ill-tempered, easily rattled, sycophantic billionaire who is clearly enamored with authoritarian power structures. He merely used the Republican Party as a means to an end. He has shown through his business dealings that he is most and foremost a con man who shows no empathy or sympathy for our working or middle classes. He's a swindler who has embraced and wielded the Orwellian lie while exploiting our political system and the various social divisions in our country to garner the highest office in our land -- an office for which he possesses neither the abilities, qualifications, nor temperament to fill. But, the worst part is that the Republican Party is frightened of offending him and even more terrified of offending those of voted for him. So, that party is going to essentially give him what he wants for quite some time. In the process, many of our country's essential government functions and services are going to suffer long-term damage that may take decades to repair -- that is if they ever are properly repaired.
So, I'm scared. I'm terrified. I'm trying to cope, and I'm hoping that the Republican Party realizes its error before its too late to prevent wide-ranging, irreparable damage. Unfortunately, I can't help but feel my hope is in vain, because I truly am expecting the worst.
*Over the past few days, I've made more than a few Facebook posts expressing various things about the Inauguration. This first sentence is entirely for the benefit of those who have seen most of those.