Political Awakening

I am 66. I have voted in every presidential election since 1968. I have voted for Democratic candidates and Republican candidates. I have voted for winners and losers, but to my shame I have never voted as an informed, reflective citizen. Until this past election. The stark, dramatic contrast between the candidates drew me into the campaign and I devoured everything from tweets to lengthy articles. When Donald Trump won, I was stunned like many other Americans.

I confess that my interest since the election has intensified instead of waned. President Trump is such a departure from the usual politicians elected to the presidency that I have been watching how he handles the position. To say that I am surprised daily by what Trump says and does is to understate my reaction. Frankly, I am horrified as I watch President Trump unravel all I have valued over the years. I thought we Americans were making steady progress toward equality and tolerance for all people. To see us move backward so quickly is disheartening. I am not alone in failing to recognize the riptide swirling beneath the surface of life in the United States.

I will continue to watch President Trump and company, fascinated and more involved in government than I have been since seventh grade civics class. I am not a politician, a political scientist, an economist, a military expert, an historian, a foreign affairs specialist, or a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist. I am merely a college professor with a Ph.D. in English. So, if you are interested in the perceptions of a commoner in this kingdom, please return for a visit.

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