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Open Letter To The World

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Dear World,

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Sorry, that was abrupt. I really jumped right in there; no pleasantries, no small talk. I just feel that we don’t really have time to catch up right now. Judging by the activities of the past week, you seem to just be barrelling through all the conventions and tacit agreements we’ve had for the past generation. I mean, things hadn’t been perfect up until now, but this is too much. This is not okay.

World, I’m worried about you. I’m worried about all of us.

I see we’ve committed to the whole rotten-orange-as-leader-of-the-free-world thing, even though he is thoroughly awful (I mean… just… gross).  I’ve covered this already. It’s likely that in time the people who made it possible will realise that maybe it was less of the shot-in-the-air they intended it to be, and more of a shot in the foot. Still, as always, I just want what’s best for you. Now that we all find ourselves in the same leaky boat, there’s really no point in going back over it.

Although I would just like to quickly point out that we already have at least one delusional narcissist in charge of a country (North Korea), and I can’t say I ever read a news article about him and thought, ‘We could do with another one of those… but BIGGER!‘ Bigger is not always better, World. I know America likes to supersize everything, but upgrading a run-of-the-mill self-obsessed moron to President of the United States of America was a really bad idea. Like, tremendously bad. In one week this oversized, oversensitive caricature of a man has managed to throw you into total dissarray.

There have always been assholes. There will always be assholes. Assholes are a constant. The danger now is that not only are some assholes in positions of great power, but the common, everyday assholes feel legitimised. They feel like it’s okay to go on national television and speak hateful words that hang in the air like a scummy fog. World, this is not acceptable. We need to do something about this.

I know. I know what you’re going to say. Already, there are great people doing great things. There is resistance. There are people fighting to keep things balanced, and keep human rights protected, and keep things from sliding into a heap of chaos. This is true, but we need more. We need more great people. We need more resistance.

We need more love.

That sounds so cheesy, but too much has gone horribly wrong in the recent past to ignore the fact that what we need is a lot more love. Too many families are waking up unsure of what is going to happen next. Too many families are waking up to deaths, or deportation, or denial of entry. Division and hatred seems to be sprouting everywhere like an unwelcome, tenacious weed. We need love, and a lot of it. We need the industrial-strength, Gorilla-glue kind of love that links us not only to our friends and families but also to our neighbours next door, our fellow citizens, and total strangers from foreign lands.

World, do you remember the game Red Rover? We played it as children. We’d link arms  in a long line and then a player would try to run at us and break through. If they were successful in splitting the wall, they won a couple more players for their side…

I feel like we’re playing an Alice-in-Wonderland adult version of Red Rover.

The good and decent people are linking arms and putting their game faces on, and a few rogue elements are coming at us with a great deal of force, trying to split us up, trying to win people over to their side (don’t listen to them – the whole thing about them having cookies is a lie).

They say those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Frankly, not enough time has passed since World War Two that we can use ‘forgetting’ as an excuse.

World, link arms with me.

I’m ready for Red Rover; Global Edition.

Q.

If you’re feeling helpless and have any money to spare this month, please consider donating to ACLU or subscribing to The Washington Post or The New York Times, even if you’re not an American citizen.

0 thoughts on “Open Letter To The World

  1. RED ROVER RED ROVER…….omg the memories!!! The world is becoming a scary place. All we can do is live our own life and remember about the people that matter the most to us. -Bruce

  2. I imagined you on pulpit, preaching the gospel to your followers. I had an urge to throw my hand in the air and yell ‘Preach it sister.’ Nicely done; you made a believer out of me. 🙂

    1. Oh lord, public speaking is definitely not my thing! The only time I can string sentences together in a cohesive fashion is when I’m typing or writing with a pen. I think my words will have to stay on the screen where they belong!

  3. I know I’m late to this party… no, SORRY! Mourning is the correct term, but I’ll drop my 2-cents as a born-n-raised ecclectic American who is appalled & ashamed that our flawed democracy let the orange-monster into the White House. 🙁

    For starters, I am an Independent, not Democrat or Republican. I did not vote for either of those candidates. You probably already knew this Quinn, but tRump did not win the popular vote; only the Electoral College. But see, even that complex old setup is still — although indirectly — placed in the hands of us voters. The Electoral delegates we voters put in office 2, 4, or 6-years ago too. There’s ultimately no one else to blame but us uneducated dooped voters over the last 4+ years. :/

    I’ll stop there because the causes, the outrageous ungodly amounts of money that go into political campaigning now — not to mention the asinine 2010 decision for Citizens United and corporate funding/votes — and unbelievably confusing strict voter-registration laws intended to heavily deter poorly educated & impoverished non-Republican voters from turning out or getting registered… has greatly flawed our democracy and puts more and more power, money, and control in the hands of our upper 10%. We are now, for all intents and purposes, ruled by an oligarchy-slash-plutarchy with ONE PARTY about to control all three branches of our federal government. I could go on and on about the last 2-3 decades starting with our declining public education systems, but I won’t.

    It’s a very disturbing 4-years ahead Quinn. 🙁

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