Issue 12 / Post Election 2020

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Hermione Luck / Chief Columnist

Post Election 2020

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There are so many aspects of this election and of the last four years to discuss.  So where do we begin – racism? The perversion of truth? The hypocrisy of politicians? This glass of lemonade limits itself to five issues that hopefully don’t get lost in the shuffle for America.

Who won?

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… make no mistake this election was a draw.

The Democrats may have won the locomotive, but the Republicans did quite well with the rest of the train – they defended seats like Collins and Tillis, the Democrats didn’t get close to Graham or McConnell, and the great blue wave was more like a moving puddle. All this makes Trump’s loss even greater – centrist voters were willing to elect Republicans and their policies, but a clear majority had enough of Trump.

Polls

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Polls fell flat on their face becoming fake news. It can’t be as simple as ‘Trumpers just don’t answer their phones’. It’s obviously far deeper than that, and probably has something to do with the mistrust of pollsters by the American electorate in general … that, and the massive overkill the media employs in reporting the news

Latinos

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I used to think that this Republican Last Stand of Trumpism which merges three basic Caucasian groups – entitled whites, one issue whites (abortion or guns), and racist whites – was just a last gasp by white people before the inevitable coloring of America.

Yet there are problems in establishing a political rainbow coalition for the progressives. Many Latinos think Blacks are pampered by the government. When you add Catholicism and anti-abortion sentiment to the equation, Latinos don’t seem to be the slam dunk that many anticipated. This is a serious issue and a vital bridge to cross for progressives in the coming years, especially the fragile elections of 2022 and 2024.

Misogyny

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As I’ve said before, there are so many non-Covid problems awaiting us on the other side of Donald Trump – truth, racism, obesity, conspiracy theories, a huge national debt, school shootings, and the most formidable of all, climate change  … there are no vaccines for any of these.

Yet, even though every one of these issues is long overdue for true change and resolution, there is one issue where we must not allow ourselves to drop the ball – misogyny. The fundamental relationship between men and women must continue to be front and center, and continue to evolve. That is one of the most alarming things about Trump attracting seventy million votes.

From his original comments about Carly Fiorina to the sixteen women who have accused him of assault, a huge amount of voters were willing to overlook his degradation of women as if life simply goes on.

As much as Me-Too has transitioned America to acknowledge the necessary discussion, the movement hasn’t yet been transformational.

Next step please.

Television killed the Radio StarCovid killed the Television Star

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One of the scary things about Trump’s loss is that victory so easily could have been a slam dunk if in March he’d been pro-active with Covid rather than paranoid about the economy.

Even in October when he contracted Covid, had he pivoted and did a modest mea culpa, and humbly talked about learning a lesson, he would have kept most of his base and also attracted a huge number of moderates and independents.

But like the scorpion and the turtle, it was just his nature. Unfortunately, it is also just his nature to destroy as much as he can on his way out, because if you really want to get to this man, if you really want to get under his skin, all it takes is to remind him he’s a loser.                       

Hermione

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Issue 13 / January 6, 2021

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Hermione Luck / Chief Columnist

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Aside from a vocal core of obsessive devotees wearing antlers and warpaint, the average person in America wouldn’t be able to tell Q devotees just by looking at them. A Q adherent could be a grandmother who runs the annual church auction, or the personable florist who always adds two extra flowers to your order, or the accountant who saved you money and without question believes the figures you submit.

What binds these impassioned citizens of America? Why are they so sure that they and their cause are right and everyone else is wrong? Why do they believe in relentless and wild conspiracy theories?

The people of Q believe there is a coterie of dark forces pulling the strings of politics. Who can blame them? They don’t have to look any further than Washington D.C. and the lobbyists who feed the dragon. Some of the more radical people of the QAnon movement believe their children are in danger of sexual abuse because these dark forces need the blood of others to survive. These devotees yearn for a biblical apocalypse and the retribution of its awakenings to come true.

The bottom line is that the people of Q believe they are witnesses to a biblical struggle between good and evil with their places of worship reinforcing the premise. These Christian churches make clear that the best way to insure employing God’s vision of humanity is to attack evil whenever and wherever they see it.

Regardless of our beliefs and on which side of the fence someone might see good or evil, as a whole we live in a different world now, a pandemic world, a world that we may be able to harness and maybe not.

It is January, 2021. The first full winter of Covid has arrived. We are locked down, married to our cellphones, glued to our television sets, and in the process of this isolating pandemic, our way of life is meeting the mirror of its discontent.

Along the way, so many things have been made clear to us – street protests confirm that our Civil War never ended. Climate change is only getting worse. And ironically, the remote learning that our school-aged children have been forced to endure, has wiped out the threat of their being gunned down in class.

Politically and culturally, as we absorb the election of a new president with both liberals and conservatives backed into their respective and isolated corners of self-righteousness, we’ve come to the end of a twelve-year run of what could be called the era of ‘the black and white’ presidency.

The black man presiding for the first eight years was like the Beatles. He was at the right place at the right time. Smart, connected, ambitious, he could hit the three. Following him was the white man who won by the math of division … a narcissist, a huckster, a moneymaker, a fraud looking to increase his brand.

The black man provided the vehicle of vision, the white man provided its exhaust. What a strange pairing left behind for those who will judge us in the future … and all of this following the clear misogyny of the Hillary era.

Regardless of whether regurgitated theories of deception and conspiracy circulating our society are true or false – regardless of where we worship, to what school we send our children, in what community we live … clearly, there are problems we must solve together.

Neither paranoia on the right nor cancel culture on the left are viable glues for these challenges. There is work to be done, and unfortunately, the politicians we have elected are not up to the task. That doesn’t mean we have to hang these people. We just have to remove them by voting them out of office.

So as for January 6, let’s be clear, this was no coup as far as we know. This was a mob, pure and simple, a fringe element that exports its racism and vitriol in the name of freedom. Some believe this was the best thing that could ever happen to America. The canker sore has finally been lanced. The monster of racism and jingoism no longer lives in the shadows.

With most of us jaw-dropped, the date January 6 will now live alongside 9/11 and November 22 in the infamy and conscience of America. And for those who deny what really happened on January 6, shame on you and the politicians who protect you, the politicians who pander for your vote and money, the politicians who are the keepers of the flame of the political cowardice that stalks our country with little idea of how to lead or how to bring our people together.

And above all, shame on this former president, a huckster and narcissist who encouraged this mob, and still isn’t done trying to make America give back his throne. There is only one thing to say. We can do better.

We must if we are to survive.                                

Hermione      

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Maui, Hawaii

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The Bookstore

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All books available at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara.

Click title of each book for a sample chapter.

Virgin Rodeo

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For most of his life, 44-year-old Henry Drudge was the epitome of being ordinary. Tethered to his insecurities, he often found himself residing in a perpetual whirlpool of self-doubt, consequently becoming a man who made no one’s speed dial. This would all change when Henry gathered the courage to make a citizen’s arrest.

Tales of the Tatterman

Join Phinney Fair, Hunky Dora, Marshall the Moleman, Reezlerhyme, Weak Weena and Weak Weasel, along with a kool-aid batch of characters with tales of courage and curiosity, bullying and revenge, the Duceyrhyme games, the search for the honey-silled whale, and more …

We Couldn’t All Be Astronauts

I‘ve been a social worker, a sailor, an athlete, a witness, a cabana boy, a confessor, an orator, a film-maker, a politician, a millionaire, and lived in my van. I’ve found meaning and truth and compassion, sometimes on purpose, sometimes by mistake…

Renaissance Men

We all have a story to tell – the initial stage always seems daunting … yet when the last word is written and you are ready to let go, it feels like the release of a butterfly into the wind, or in my case, the release of a moth. I’ve never been a perfectionist … 

The Needles of Purgatory

From philosophy to real estate, from Plato to Play-Dough – I was once a well-known professor, and now I’m a realtor… can there be a bigger fall? What if I told you of some serious delusions of grandeur, that I baptized three new agents to be disciples in my new company Messiah Re3al Estate and this holy water later turned out to be vodka?

The Odyssey of Sin

The story of Odyssey House concerns a small Hospice center that offers unique care to a unique population … located in a conservative Northern California town, by serving the homeless, the facility becomes a community spark, destined to bring to life the town’s buried-alive racism and its inability to change with the times.

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Durango, Colorado

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Colorado at its rugged best… the Native Americans had a phrase for this unique area of the majestic San Juan Mountain Range – ‘Where the Gods fly.’ Your getaway cabin is set in an aspen/pine forest at 8400′ perched on a Rocky Mountain cliff side beneath the rugged 11,000′ rock formation named the Hermosa Cliffs. Go to our VRBO website (VRBO.com/8577) to check out the property, then get back to us for a discount at:

wherethegodsfly@gmail.com.

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