Posted Saturday, January 21, 2017.
Scripture tells us: Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.
She’d alluded to that passage in her concession speech and I don’t think she was trolling Trump there either. She was trying to cheer up her voters and encourage them and all Americans of good conscience and heart to keep the faith now that the country had just elected a man with no heart and no conscience President. Someone retweeted it yesterday but I didn’t note who. I’m imaging it was Hillary herself, imaging she was trying to rally herself after having to sit through the inauguration ceremony that should have been hers and listen to that heartless, conscienceless son of a...landlord tell the folks how he respects her and her husband. Probably she wanted to jump to her feet and shout, “What happened to locking Crooked Me up, you deplorable basket of sh…?” Instead she kept her peace and retreated to the Twitter machine to console herself with the teachings of the faith our new Mr President Donald Trump once questioned she had.
On the other hand, if he really said what I heard he said, President Obama probably was trolling Trump when he asked him “How was church?”
There’s so much to deplore about Trump that it’s hard to know where to start with the deploring, but right now it’s his pretenses of piety that are infuriating me and have me looking to the sky for the long overdue lightning bolt. But God, if he exists, doesn’t work like that. His punishments are more subtle and sometimes come in the form of practical jokes. One of his favorites is to give the sinner what the sinner thinks he wants.
In sentimental moods, when I imagine that there is a God, I think that maybe he finally got around to punishing Donald Trump by letting him become president.
"Here you go, Donald. You got your wish. You're the most famous and most powerful man on earth and now everybody in the world will know you for what you really are."
I just wonder why God felt he had to punish the rest of us along with him.
Maybe he was punishing HRC too but rewarding her at the same time, her reward being the same as her punishment. She wins but she loses but then she doesn't get to be President but she's spared having to be President and deal with this crazy Congress.
"You were far from perfect, daughter, but you did some good. Now go home and relax and enjoy being a grandmother."
When I tweeted a version of this maudlin little fantasy a couple weeks ago, our old pal Davis X. Machina tweeted two words in reply.
It’s a reference to a passage from the second chapter of the gospel of Luke, a passage known as the Song of Simeon.
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace...
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word...