The Dangerous Game of Shoes on the Other Foot
So, … Eight years of denigrating a president who for so many represented a breath of fresh air, hope, repentance and destiny fulfilled is ending in illusive progress, a trace of ignominy and devastating defeats, disappointment, recriminations and excuses. Mission accomplished for the defensive team that now steps up to the plate and will try to deliver; only thing is, in each cycle, the opposing team incorporates the negative strategies it was exposed to in its own offensively defensive scheme, assuring that again, nothing worthwhile gets done.
The teams seem to enjoy the sport, after all, that’s politics, but the public, well, it’s left with the shaft.
The shoe is again on the other foot. Trump is entering to the most all around negative reaction I’ve ever seen, worse than the racist, xenophobic, homophobic reaction that greeted and then felled Obama. But Obama cared what people thought and Trump apparently does not. It remains to be seen what that difference might mean in this specific instance but the most important consequence, in the long term, assuming we have that much time, is the accelerating exponential antagonism at the turn of each cycle by the two major parties which are clearly much more concerned with doing harm to the other and preventing any success that might be credited to its adversary, notwithstanding the consequence to the populace. And the majority of the populace, cheering them on, fails to realize the harm it is causing, not only to itself, but to its progeny, assuming there will be any.
All too soon I fear, we will have no feet on which to wear shoes at all.
The foregoing is a strange mirror image of what we are doing to our planet.
Perhaps karma is real.
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2016; all rights reserved