What a whacked situation

Dear President Trump,

Hopefully with this 802nd consecutive day of writing to you we are well past the halfway mark of your presidency. Although I do harbor magical thinking fantasies that reason will prevail (sadly, in the current climate, this oxymoron does make sense), I’m under no illusions that you’ll be removed from office early; your stalwart group of GOP toadies in the Senate all appear willing to take that bullet on 5th Avenue you boasted about being able to get away with shooting.

Let’s see, it wasn’t until 2/13/17 that I started sending you written versions of the loving-kindness meditations I’d desperately begun sending you mentally a few days after your “win,” so I can’t just subtract 802 from 1460 to get the number of days left in your term. Fortunately I found the handy website “howlonguntiltrumpleaves.com” to help with the math and the current official number is 635 days, 2 hours, and 59 minutes until your clock runs out. Shit. Even though we’ve endured more of you than we have left of you, it’s still way too many days/hours/minutes to go, way too much time for you and yours to screw with the world.

[I hate to say it, but there is some chance you could win a second term, though I use the term “win” loosely since I don’t think there’s any chance that you could do so legitimately. If you did have a second term we’d be looking at 2,095 more days of you, which is the stuff of night terrors.]

The HP ran an article this morning about the new report by Dr. Bandy Lee and the group of psychiatrists she leads that’s sounding the alarm on your mental health (while studiously avoiding diagnosing you from afar). This one is based on the Mueller report and their subtitle sums things up well, if cynically: “If One is Too Incompetent to Commit a Crime, Despite Trying Hard, Is One Competent to be President?” We don’t necessarily want a president who’s canny enough to commit crimes successfully, but still, what a whacked situation.

Could this be exactly what Vladimir wanted to have happen? Did the universe smile upon him when the opportunity presented itself to support a greedy, malleable, loud mouth idiot in his bid for POTUS? Seems plausible since such an idiot would pose little risk of effectively turning on him and would put the US in a self-perpetuating, paralyzing churn for years. And years.

May we be safe from incompetent crooks with way too much power.
May we make space for happiness even as we struggle with what is.
May we do the stuff we need to do to take care of ourselves.
May those of us who need to wake up to the danger we are in please do so before you come all the way unhinged.

Tracy Simpson

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