When failure is disguised as success

“I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis and Chief of Staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos.” – Republican Sen. Bob Corker

I had lunch with a very old friend of mine yesterday. Though we live just a few miles away from each other aside from the occasional text or email about someone dying that we know I really hadn’t spent much time with him over the last four or five years. The reason we lost touch is less about him and more about the “former friends” he and I used to share.

You see my view of the world changed about ten years ago though I kept those views bottled-up for both social and economic reasons for a number of years. Once I began acting on and sharing my thoughts about politics, and social issues friends soon became “former friends” and I became isolated and labeled a liberal, a socialist and worst of all a DEMOCRAT (cue the thunder and lightning).

My friend is a smart, sweet man. His pleasures are simple, drinking beer and fishing either together or separately though he can’t fish without drinking beer but he can drink beer and talk about fishing. Where once we had a few things in common, today, other than our shared enjoyment of a cold beer, we have few. Politics is not something we agree on at all.

He voted for Trump. When pressed for the reasons why he spews what most Trump supporters hang their red MAGA baseball caps on, Republican, conservative, and a businessman. Sadly, there is one other reason my friend voted for Trump, he is white. For him there is just something very comfortable, and stable about having an old rich white guy sitting in the Oval Office and he uses the stock market as the barometer to prove the point that Trump is and has been good for the country.

Like me, my friend knows little to nothing about the workings of the stock market. I do know that the market increased a staggering 230 percent during the Obama years but nobody talked about it because most sane, and rational people realize that the stock market is not an indicator of how we are doing. But when your administration doesn’t have a plan for success, no victories but plenty of chaos you resort to inventing successes that you can take “credit” for hence tweets like; Stock Market hits an ALL-TIME high! Unemployment lowest in 16 years! Business and manufacturing enthusiasm at highest level in decades!

The bottom line here is this, nine months in and Trump is an unequivocal failure. The chaos that he has and continues to create at the top has filtered down throughout his administration. Millions spent on private flights is just the tip of the iceberg of abuses occurring in a Trump White House. Why? Because there aren’t enough grown-ups supervising the actions, words or thoughts of Trump and key department heads. Cronyism and nepotism is alive and well in the White House which is why so many government oversight and environmental regulations have been rolled back. Big money speaks and I wonder when the Deplorable Nation will catch on to the fact that more money in his and his family and friends pockets is the only thing their President is concerned about.

My long overdue lunch with my friend ended quickly. Once we covered the activities of our kids, and updates on different people that we knew the conversation lagged. Though we are the exact same age we are in two very different places politically and socially. I am sure he will go back and tell my “former friends” that I am a Obama loving, left leaning, liberal nut and it will confirm for everyone while they sip their lukewarm Budweisers why I became a “former friend”.  

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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15 Responses to When failure is disguised as success

  1. It’s sad that differences in political opinions – that should stimulate political debate and better understanding of the issues that affect us all – can destroy our friendships. The same is true for differences in religious beliefs. While we may differ in a hundred-and-one ways, we all share the same humanity. If we are to move forward as a nation, we must hold on to the ideals we share in common: ideals you’ve mentioned in several of your articles.

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    • For me though “our” President has set the example for his followers by calling people who disagree with him stupid, nasty, losers, etc. He has made it okay to hate and use harsh words and actions against other people. I have only been around for 56 years but I can’t remember a time when our country has been this divided. Even such a horrendous act as the massacre in Las Vegas has pitted one side against the other rather than unifying. It makes me sad that compassion and empathy are considered a weakness in today’s political environment. I can only blame one person for this.

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  2. Add to the list of former friends those who used to be family. NosirreeBob, when you call me an idiot, uninformed, a friggin libtard, we have no reason to continue a relationship. The only thing we have in common anymore is that we belong to the same species……and I sometimes wonder about that.

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  3. Suze says:

    I am becoming more sure with each passing day and each derogatory term thrown at me by former friends and family members that if they are an example of the human race I would rather be a monkey..a dog..a bug! Anything but what they are representing as normal. In my perfect world, people are allowed to make rational choices for their own bodies, they are allowed to worship as it pleases them, they are allowed to attend schools, create businesses, buy a home, vote…….in whatever place or way they wish to without fear of reprisal or threats.
    I remember the race riots of the 60’s and 70’s. I remember the schools being integrated. We children hadn’t a clue what could have been so awful about having people of color study with us. The absolute hatred of those “others” was nothing like the vitriol I see pouring forth in the last few years. I think my little facebook friends list is a perfect example of those who agree and those who do not…two years ago I had 872 “friends” comprised of high school, college, and working friends, neighbors and relatives. Today? I have 22.

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  4. Nan says:

    In some circles, you would be “lucky” to be called an “Obama-lover.” More likely, the description would start with an “n”.

    Fortunately, my family lives in another city and we have minimal contact (not necessarily by choice, just circumstances). I say fortunately because they were (and are) anti-Obama and, well, need I say more?

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  5. It’s a long held axiom: two things you NEVER discuss with anyone are politics and religion. Never is that more true than now.

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  6. mwdunham says:

    It’s become nearly impossible to vote both sides of the ticket and getting harder with each election. There’s a damning shift to Bannonism. On the flip side, I believe this had to happen to bring out the ugliness in hiding. We just have to make sure we deal with it appropriately. There’s such a focus on getting out the vote next year but there has to be a focus on how to reach people now and show them there are those who care and will come alongside. I’m glad to see there was outrage and action concerning Puerto Rico from elected officials and citizens. I am however disheartened by the paucity of elected official support of the NFL players , speaking out and demanding action about Flint, exonerated police, and gerrymandering. I know everyone wants to move on from the election but it would also be good for them to remind us that we are the majority. Hillary had 3 MILLION more votes. We can be impactful and change the narrative.

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  7. Patty says:

    I have a dear friend who is deeply Christian and Vegan and fortunately we have build a relationship, in which I can eat my meat and be spiritual but don’t believe in (a) God and she enjoys here Vegan-soup and prays before here email.
    Yes, me too…lot’s of former relatives/family/friends due to politics or other important matters in life. At the times, I feel sad about this…I remember my friendship with this woman and know again: it is possible to care for each other, love one another, despite our differences.
    Great series of post again past week, dear Mr. Legend.

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