Remember that song by both the Supremes and the Four Tops – “Wake Me When It’s Over?” The singers felt like they were having a bad dream – their partners were about to leave them for “the love of a stranger,” and all they wanted to do was be awakened at the end.
Unfortunately, we have no such luck. We seem to be consigned to live through this.
I remember being disturbed by Ronald Reagan’s election and his attacks on poor people, but never seeing him hurl paper towels at American citizens seeking help after a disastrous hurricane.
I remember shaking my head at George H.W. Bush’s antics, but admitting that he, though clueless about many things, was a gentleman and a statesman.
I recall raising my fist and hollering, “Hail to the thief!” after George W. Bush snatched that election from then-Vice President Al Gore with the help of the totally partisan Supreme Court.
And I remember many of his rather hapless moments as president, but none so crass as to tell people in disaster that they had to help themselves. He was wrong with Katrina, but he never attacked leaders or New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, nor Governor Kathleen Blanco.
Nothing like predecessors
I remember these Republicans behaving as if they had good sense, some decorum, perhaps too much partisanship, but at least some concern about appearances. That man who currently occupies “The People’s House” has none of the above.
No. 45 is picking fights with football players, beleaguered mayors, and even his own cabinet. It is said that he wants to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson because Tillerson called him “a moron,” with perhaps a few expletives around the word. (Tillerson didn’t deny calling him a moron, but instead said he did not fool with Washington innuendo and pettiness.)
But we all know that Tillerson called him a moron. Anybody with sense has called him a moron two or three times over. They just didn’t put it on their Twitter feed as the Moron-in-Chief is so willing to do.
Undoing a legacy
But I’m not as concerned about what is happening in front of the news cameras as what is happening away from them. You see, if President Obama did it, No. 45 is determined to undo it.
So while President Obama insisted that for-profit colleges be better regulated, No. 45 and his Education secretary, Betsey Devoid (of good sense, that is), are committed to reversing those regulations limiting the for-profit education industry in their exploitation of Black and Brown young people, especially those hoping to improve their lot in life.
This is what No. 45 does in the dark while he is excoriating an outstanding leader (who, as General Russell Honore said, was living on a cot in Puerto Rico while No. 45 was playing golf in New Jersey), and tossing rolls of paper towels at needy people.
Is he really here?
One day, while standing next to Melania, No. 45 said she wished she could have been with him. Was she a clone, or is he? There is something clearly wrong that only vapid and venal Republicans will ignore because they are so eager to hold on to the People’s House.
There may be more than a few screws loose in the brain of a man who would lead us to war because he must exchange “wolf tickets” with a North Korean leader he constantly belittles.
I have been a partisan all my life, supporting a Republican for public office with a small check only once. I’ve described myself as a ride or die, yellow dog Democrat.
Some stepped up
But I have also almost always believed (White supremacists excluded) of the fundamental decency of most Americans. I’ve always thought that, in the face of insanity, somebody would step up and say, “Enough.” Thank you Senator Sue Collins, Senator John McCain, and few others.
But y’all, is this nonsense really okay? Is it okay for a terrorist kill at least 58 people with automatic weapons and No. 45 pooh-pooh calls for gun control? To treat U.S. citizens like afterthoughts and throwaways? To turn back the clock on decency?
Somebody wake me when it’s over.
Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. Her latest book, “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy,” is available at www.juliannemalveaux.com.