I was driving on Old Hickory Boulevard on Saturday morning (November 7) on the way to visit my daughter and granddaughter and listening to NPR’s Ask Me Another, when suddenly Scott Simon broke in, and it became clear that the presidential race had been called for Joe Biden. I had been waiting for this, hoping for this for so long – and as I took in the news, I felt a weight that I hadn’t realized I had been carrying begin to slip away. Unfortunately, that weight has returned, given what is transpiring in our government in these last few days.
Ever since that awful morning in 2016 when I awakened to learn that a misogynistic reality TV star had defeated the most qualified and prepared candidate for president who had run in the last forty years, I have been to some degree in disbelief. Secretary Clinton said he was unfit to hold the office of President of the United States. It turns out this was an understatement.
Now after a hard-fought race that has been clearly won by Vice-President Biden – now President-Elect Biden – Trump is refusing to concede, is directing government offices NOT to cooperate with the transition, and appears to be purging high-level Pentagon officials and installing his own loyalists.
Over and over again well-meaning people have said, “It can’t get worse.” And over and over again it has gotten worse.
I don’t want to think that Trump is planning to stage a coup or start a war in order to stay in office. I don’t want to think that he would incite some blindly loyal followers to become violent in order to keep him in office. But I didn’t want to think that most of the things he has done could happen.
I say, America, wake up! Something is not right.
My dependence is on our military because I do not think the military will allow itself to be used for political ends. And I never thought that I would be saying these things in the United States of America. The tradition of a non-political military that is not used to enforce domestic policy is essential to our democracy – and I believe that line will hold. Today is Veterans Day -and we owe a debt of gratitude to all our service members, past and present, who have been willing to give their all – even their very lives – in service to our country. I say to them – thank you – and may you soon have a Commander-in-Chief who values you and sees you and supports you.
May we survive these days and make it to January 20, 2021. Then we can say with hope – what’s next.
About Susan Hammonds-White, EdD, LPC/MHSP
Communications and relationship specialist, counselor, Imago Relationship Therapist, businesswoman, mother, proud native Nashvillian – in private practice for 30+ years. I have the privilege of helping to mend broken hearts. Contact me at http://www.susanhammondswhite.com.
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