Wake-Up Fairy

RECEIVED Sun., Sept. 8, 2019

Dear Editor,
    Interesting year, 2019. It's just been 80 years since we almost lost the world to fascism. Decompressing from that era, we may reflect on other worldly events and their anniversaries. One of the most distant is the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad linking the country together in 1869. Fifty years later, 100 years ago in 1919, Dwight Eisenhower led the first transcontinental Motor Transport Corps from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco. Fifty years hence and 50 years ago, in 1969 astronauts landed on the moon. The world has come a long way in a short time thanks to American grit and imagination.
    So 1969 is a good year to reflect on. It represented a peak of American aspiration, but it also measured the depths of depravity, and mindless selfishness. It was once joked that in 1969 JFK's inspiration got men to the moon, but his brother Ted couldn't cross the Chappaquiddick Bridge. What could contrast more, a month after Neil Armstrong's “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” than to be slipping, sipping, stoning, singing in the mud in Yasgur's Farm at Woodstock in upstate New York? Not to mention poor Charles Manson making a mess of everyone's lives in California.
    Surprise, presidential candidates are a perspicuous bunch. Many born since 1969, reflect values that … in geologic terms are a discontinuity. They know no better. They have lived in a world where “value relativism” is the norm. By judging everything in the false long narrative of the present, they cannot see the future.
    Trump may bumble, but the greater truth is that since World War II, we have been dividing the world we live in into zones of self-righteousness and ideologies. Today it's a world of straw men. Pull out your man: white supremacist, racist, communist, socialist, sexist, etc., while ignoring cabals and collusion, not to mention human trafficking.
    “Wake up” is the subtext of the Trump Phenomena. We have a future to unfold as human beings here on this lovely, rare planet, Earth. Consider Trump your “wake-up fairy.”
Fred Stewart
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