What Fools We Mortals Be…

Yesterday, I cried for joy. I was so proud of America. Proud of diversity, and proud of the three past Presidents who stood united to support our traditions and our democracy. I wept at our National Anthem, powerfully sung by Lady Gaga, and then again tears flowed when I heard Jennifer Lopez sing Woody Guthrie’s song, “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land”. Countless moments at the inauguration had me tearing up with pride and love of country.

Especially, listening to our Youth Poet Laureate,who moved me beyond words. Amanda Gorman was extraordinary. This was personally rewarding to me since I have judged our local YPL competition for several years. In fact, two years ago our local YPL winner reached the national finals and made the top four. My hope is that Amanda’s poem will inspire young people around the nation to write, and to realize just how powerful their words can be. Poetry can change lives! I hope to continue judging our future poetic superstars and I’m hopeful that one day soon, a South Florida youth poets will be standing where Amanda stood today. I still believe that anything is possible in America!

So, after a gloriously ecstatic day yesterday, after washing away tears and frustrations from the last four years, and realizing that love and not hate won, I finally slept peacefully. And I awoke this morning all bright eyed and bushy tailed as I turned on the news while sipping my morning cup of half caff.

But, to my dismay, I learned that there is no vaccine distribution plan put in place by the Trump team. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by Trump’s incompetence, but this is like he purposely planned to screw over America the minute he realized he lost the election and he couldn’t bully public officials or judges to overturn the results.

What I don’t understand is, why didn’t anyone else in his administration take care of this vaccine distribution? Where was Pence? I mean in spite of enabling 45 to appease him, why didn’t anyone on his staff accomplish anything? And why did they take such a cavalier stance regarding this pandemic? 400 thousand dead and numbers still climbing and I blame Donald Trump!

Forgive me, but I’m still angry and devastated by the numbers of people who died unnecessarily. And those who will continue to die until we beat this disease. I’m heartbroken for the families who have suffered.

On the positive side, I am confident Biden will do everything in his power to fix things, but that will take time. I pray that this nightmare of covid will end soon and that Trump supporters will wake up from their blind slumber.

This complete blindness to reality reminds me of Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” where Oberon puts magical flower juice in Titania’s eyes and she falls in love with a Donkey Man.

“I pray thee gentle mortal, sing again, on the first view, to say, to swear, I love thee.”

Obviously, this is a comedy. The audience knows the Fairy Queen is blinded by a love potion and it’s not real.
However, America lived this dream in real life, where people were blinded by the words and rhetoric they wanted to believe, because they came from a President who lied to them. I hope they wake up soon and shake off the dream they were in!

And as Titania says when she realizes the truth…
“My Oberon! What visions I have seen. Methought I was enamored of an ass.”

And that, my friends is what happened to this country! Part of our population was enamored by an ass. I certainly hope, that real life ends like the play did. Otherwise the words of Puck will ring true.

“Lord, What fools these mortals be!”

13 thoughts on “What Fools We Mortals Be…

  1. I wasn’t shocked when the truth was revealed that nothing was done. I refuse to let it upset me. He would win. So we move on as Biden works to dig us out of this he’ll we have been living in for his 4 years and the 6 years before that McConnell gave us. Just breathe.

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  2. I’m a political animal often following American politics from across the Pond, and genuinely pleased Joe Biden is now President, yes Trump promised Britain a ‘fabulous Trade Deal’ whilst interfering with our Brexit vote, but of course Trump lied, there wouldn’t have been any Trade Deal and as an aside post Brexit Britain will still be trading with Europe tariff free. Yes I’m pleased to see Trump gone because his distain for environmental issues will affect all of us, he was little more than a bully possessing none of Obama’s grace and charm and nope I’m not sorry we won’t see his Presidential face on our News outlets again, showing not an ounce of shame whilst telling such bare faced lies we all could see through……..now we get to see if he’s charged for past sexual and financial crimes.

    The finally irony is, Trump showed equal distain for his followers, he pardoned criminals and drug peddlers yet didn’t pardon the men and women he urged to break into Congress, the consequence those people have lost jobs, now have criminal records and many are asking why didn’t he care? A very sad ending to a Presidency the World is glad to see the back of 🙂 .

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    1. A Shepherdson you wrote that beautifully. A perfect assessment of America’s worst President ever! Unbelievably he still has supporters. I’ll never understand how he ever got elected. Plus, his glaring mistakes with the pandemic are now being uncovered. He had no plan. None. Thank goodness the madman is gone!

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  3. We certainly learned in the last four years how fragile our democracy is–that it has precious few stops for a madman intent on seizing power. And we saw how badly damaged our society is from a steady stream of xenophobic, racist, sexist BS pumped out at them 24/7 for the benefit of a few rabid, fascist billionaires. Joe Biden has his work cut out for him, but I believe he and Kamala are GOOD people, and good people are exactly what we need right now. The inauguration celebration (both day and night virtual events) was extremely moving. That so many, many of us chose this vision for humanity, I believe, is a good sign. Onward!

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    1. So beautifully put, Amy. I’m too am so grateful that so many chose. Biden. And how wonderful that states like Georgia proved that young people are enlightened enough and powerful enough when they vote. A new generation has learned how important voting is and why our fore mothers and fathers fought for that privilege. I was very worried for a while that our democracy was over. It will take time to repair the damage and rebuild, but I am hopeful as well. Onward indeed! ❤️

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    1. Thank goodness! I just listened to Dr. Fauci who said,
      “One of the things about this new administration is that if you don’t know the answer you don’t guess. You just say you don’t know the answer.”
      “And Everything we do is based on science and evidence “
      Ya gotta love this guy! ❤️💕

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      1. I caught that on my lunch break Lesley! I was the only one in the break room but I did a fist pump and gleefully tossed out, YES! I love Dr Fauci! You could tell he was pretty pleased to be able to say those words.

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