Our intentions are good but our memories are short. It was exactly a year ago that the recording of Trump boasting about that “pussy grab” led to an online flood of women sharing their own experiences of sexual assault. There were the formative flashings, the inappropriate doctors, there were women who relived the abuse they’d suffered as children, tweeting into space and risking plenty in order to affect change.
It was exciting! Do you remember 2016? When hope existed? Before the sky turned orange, and the winds came? That whole campaign felt important, a step forward. It felt as if by shining this honest light on women’s daily harassments and horrific assaults men would understand the gritty texture of our lives and never cross a boundary again. It felt big, like there was no going back.
Men responded to that outpouring with shock. They’d known it happened of course, they just hadn’t known. After publishing a column about that thread of assaults I received a load of emails from readers with their own stories – something had been uncorked, and women who’d never talked before about the crap they’d faced at 15 were encouraged now to shout about it. Partly out of solidarity. There was a huge feeling of warmth, of arms being linked, a reminder that you should not feel shame about having been victimized by a shitty man. But mainly these women were choosing to dredge up some of the worst moments of their lives in order to kick at the struts holding up powerful men, and to prevent a similar thing happening to somebody else.
Folks, we have a freak-show going in this country that would rival anything a Circus could provide. It proves all too clearly that power corrupts completely when exercised in a narcissistic manner. Our tolerance for corruption is gone completely by allowing this behavior to continue unabated, unchallenged, and decency with it.
“One Nation under God” not necessarily meaning a type of religion favoring one or another but a kindness and benevolence that was the basis for uniting us as one country.
That idea is still there, it is just covered up by the money-hungry-powerful filth they call the 1%. Men that would reach a level of arrogance so enormous, they hold no regard for the lives they destroy just the empowerment of themselves is what they crave.
Unfortunately for us the President, leader of the free World, is one of them, for now.