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The Pickle the President Finds Himself In

What do you do when you are a President who ran on a political platform that capitalized on fomenting racial tension? And then several years later after you win, you find yourself smack dab in the midst of global uprising, perhaps a second civil rights movement, protesting police brutality against black people?

Well, if you have any level of virtue, self-reflection, compassion, empathy, and the ability to learn from your mistakes, you realize that you are reaping what you have sown.

You realize that you cannot spend four years stoking the fires of racism, prejudice, and spiteful aggression and not have it blow up in your face in one way or another.

And you realize that you have, through carelessness or conscious cruelty or opportunistic apathy, been encouraging the violent attitudes and racial stereotypes that led to the deaths of folks like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

And hopefully, you decide that you need to be a better person and become part of the solution.

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But what do you do if you lack habits of virtue, self-reflection, compassion, empathy, and the ability to learn from your mistakes?

Well, you deny the problem; you engage in petty Twitter wars; you complain to anyone who will listen that the Supreme Court and Radical Left don’t like you and are ruining America; you blame past presidents; and you start pointless feuds with people trying to solve actual problems.

You do this because you are one-trick pony, and your only trick is a combination of bullying, mockery, and crazy-making. And some people still buy your trick, so perhaps you retain a vestige of your original power.

But you know, deep down, maybe not consciously but on some level, that your game is up because bullying, mockery, and crazy-making do not enable the human spirit to evolve.

And that’s where we are at: We are living a vivid moment in which we, as a species, know we must evolve. And we are evolving.

And as we evolve, we need leaders who are also ready to evolve.

And if you are our current president, this terrifies you, because you are a master of devolution. You don’t do evolution, and you’ve got no game.

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8 thoughts on “The Pickle the President Finds Himself In”

  1. As a Brit I try not to comment on the politics of other countries (we have enough problems of our own on that score!), but I’ll make an exception here and say “well done” for putting into words what so many ordinary decent folk are thinking right now. Seems like karma is alive and well after all.

  2. I can’t tell you how much I love this post. I
    love so many lines from this, but especially ‘we are living in a vivid moment because we know we must evolve’ and ‘as we evolve we need leaders who are also ready to evolve’. This is such a hopeful uplifting post. We can make different choices and have a much brighter future FOR ALL.

    1. This makes me so happy! At first when I wrote it, I was afraid it was too snarky. But I soon got over that, and I think it just points out what a lot of us feel deep down: Many current leaders embody an old paradigm that is filled with aggression, dehumanization, and destructive relational patterns. And the human spirit is waking up to the fact that we are so done with all that shit. We need to kick those leaders out.

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