Trying to Write in the Last Days of Trump

Holding on for the Next 12 Days

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I hate writing about politics. It’s all already been said.

Today, I’ve been looking over my story ideas, trying to decide what to tackle next. Much of what I read on Medium has to do with tactics for defeating writer’s block, and what to do when you’re bereft of ideas. I’m always on the lookout for new words .By Medium’s standards, I’m a new writer, searching for my voice.

One thing I do not lack is story ideas.

How writers work in the context of these days in history is a mystery to me.

I don’t even own a television.

Instead, I rely on a streaming service to my various devices. They’re not used to being this worked. This period of time has overwhelmed them. Quite frankly, most of my news comes from providers on my phone, and social media. And my daughter!

This afternoon, I thought, “things seem relatively quiet, probably a good time to go run some errands”, which are done only a couple of times a week due to COVID.

At this particular moment in time, it’s difficult to pull yourself away from your media outlets at home. Events occur so quickly. But there’s always good old-fashioned radio in the car, so I decided it was a “safe” time to leave home.

Lo and behold, as I was pulling out of my parking place at Walgreen’s, it was announced that the President had been booted from Twitter. Since I was in the middle of texting with a friend, I spoke with him at the red lights. Once home, my daughter sends me a text at 4:31pm about the Twitter news. It just happened at 4:21! That’s pretty good reporting.

As seen on Twitter, January 8, 2012

Given the invasion on the Capitol on January 6, we’re in a downright scary time.

There’s no reason to digress into the why’s. We’ve heard them, read them, and seen them for the past 3.9 years.

How do you reprogram 70 million people?

My theory is that it’s all connected to race. Pure and simple. But secondly, it’s a deflection of America’s number one problem, and those who are distracting us from it should be the last to receive the vaccine.

Voted for Trump? COVID vaccine? Back of the line.

Those who have bought into his rhetoric are brain-dead individuals. It’s a fact: demographics show Trump supporters are the least educated bloc of voters, which often equates to households of lesser incomes. These help make them more pliable, as there is a lack of critical thinking.

While you can credit Reaganomics for the shape of today’s dwindling middle-class, Trump’s policies only exacerbated it. The difference between the 1% and the rest of us then, and what it is now, is a larger divide than it’s ever been in history.

My father was not among that demographic, but he was a staunch Republican and a racist. He lived in West Texas, I in Chicago. I was blue by association.

One afternoon, visiting in 2012 while having a cigarette in the back yard, I noticed a sticker that was affixed to the sliding glass door, so I went closer to investigate. It read, “Don’t ReNig in 2012”. Once my sister registered my outrage, she covered it up, but did not remove it.

Think it was kind of hard to come out as a gay man to this?

Closing Thoughts

We’re all sick and tired of everything, so I won’t go on. I’ve been stuck on television for the past couple of days, and it’s time to catch up on social media. Can’t wait for that.

As a writer, improving my vocabulary is a key component of improving my craft. At the same time, most say you should write to a 4th-8th grade level. This word is not in that range. It’s an example of a word I wish I never had to know:

Sycophant

“A person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage.”

But it’s a perfect word.

My life in the context of 20th-century history and pop culture — infused with a dose of fun (where appropriate!) More to come when I get my sea legs on here.

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