Beneath the Surface


What has happened with the results of our current Election is very disturbing. It illustrates the clear cut divide in our populace, and I find that difference shocking and alarming. I have always known that there were real contrasts between those on the right and the left, but these disparities seemed to me to be manageable, tolerable, and often negotiable.

Now I find myself wondering what has happened to the 159 million people in America who voted for a person who refuses to read, learn, or listen, and who apparently has no sense of compunction or remorse. A man who is a narcissist at best, and a racist, elitist, misogynist, and sociopath at worst. The similarities to the leader of Germany during World War II are not unfounded.

So, what is beneath the surface in my Country? What did I , in my own naivete , not see, feel, intuit, or comprehend? Are so many of my fellow Americans really racists and bigots? Are they so selfish and greedy that they want the least of us to truly suffer? Are all these self-proclaimed “Christians” really  hypocrites and followers of Christ in name only?

I cannot explain what has happened otherwise. I don’t see how anyone who is informed and honest with themselves could put our Country in the hands of a snake oil salesman who has no record of ever doing any public service or ever helping anyone but himself. It is both frightening and humiliating to see this person representing America on a global scale.

So, I guess we have become, to all outside observers, the nation of exclusion, greed, self-interest, and hypocrisy. I am not a flag-waver, but I think I may have to take my flag and hang it upside down.

Author: barbarabeardsley

Writing is essential for me. My work helps me through so much of Life, and brings me joy and creative fulfillment. I hope you will enjoy reading my stories, essays, and poems.

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