How, we ask ourselves, did a sexual predator with a volatile temper and no knowledge of how government works, become the president? How is this possible in what was once among the freest nations on earth? Quite simple … we all have preconceived notions of what we want, and if something stands in the way of achieving those goals, we simply … look the other way.
A nominee for Supreme Court justice refuses to answer questions, is caught lying during his confirmation hearings and then is accused of having sexually assaulted one or more girls during his early years. The republicans have been ordered by Donald Trump to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, regardless. What to do, what to do? Look the other way.
The human race, as well as most other living creatures, is on a collision course with disaster unless we make some tough choices in the very near future. Massive amounts of scientific research provide evidence that the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to making the planet Earth virtually unable to sustain life at some point in the future. But it’s inconvenient. Coal miners might lose their jobs, people might have to make sacrifices such as driving cars less, turning the thermostat down in winter, staying home more. What to do? Look the other way.
The investigation into already-proven links between Trump, his family and his campaign workers to the Russians who interfered in the 2016 election that put Trump into office is in danger of being shackled or terminated by the very subject of the investigation, Donald Trump. Trump is panicked and threatening to fire people who will likely provide the information that will ultimately see him impeached. What should we do? Look the other way.
You see signs that your neighbor is beating his wife, but you’ve been friends with the couple for years, your children play together, and it would be so inconvenient to confront him, or to contact law enforcement. What to do? Look the other way.
The man who is tasked with defending the Constitution, frequently challenges the freedom of the press by referring to them as the “enemy of the people”. What to do? Defend our press, or … Look the other way.
More than 500 immigrant children remain separated from their parents because of a heinous policy of Trump’s administration earlier this year. These children are treated as criminals, housed in detention centers that are kept out of the public view. Children! What to do? Look the other way.
There are signs that the president of the nation is becoming more and more authoritarian, taking power that he was never intended to have, threatening and bullying members of Congress, leaders of the Justice Department and others who are tasked with the job of protecting and defending the Constitution. Protest is time-consuming and risky. What to do? Look the other way.
People are dying because they cannot afford adequate healthcare, as the president signs executive orders and bullies Congress to undercut the protections under ACA. What to do? Look the other way. People have lost their homes because the president revoked a policy that would have reduced the cost of mortgages for millions of home buyers. That’s tough, but it doesn’t affect you, so just … Look the other way.
Trump reversed a rule that would ban gun sales to those deemed “mentally defective” by the government. The NRA is dictating policy through ‘donations’ to congressional campaigns, and by direct intervention in some states’ gun laws. The U.S. has the highest incidence of gun-related deaths in the world. What to do? Look the other way.
And the list goes on … and on …
Yes, folks, by all means look the other way and assume that “it will all work out in the long run, for it always has”. Look the other way and believe that somebody else will step in and do something. Look how well that worked for the Germans and the Italians in the 1930s. Nothing to see here, folks, just move along with your lives. Go coach that soccer game, socialize with your friends, post pictures of your most recent meal on Facebook, take a vacation, post your selfies on Twitter, and don’t let any of this disturb your sleep at night … just go enjoy the heck out of your lives. Never for a single minute think that you or I might be complicit in the undoing of the nation. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow …