Regular Ramblings readers (how's that for some alliteration?) may have noticed that I have not been posting much lately. That's partly because I've been on the road, but to a greater degree because I am still feeling shell-shocked from the election. Part of my brain just refuses to accept that Donald Trump is actually about to be sworn in as president of the United States of America. Worse, both houses of Congress are controlled by the Republicans! I'm still losing sleep over it.
For the fourteen years I have been writing this blog I have tried (though not always succeeded) to avoid political and ideological bias. I have tried to live up to the ideals of Science (with a capital S) and pursue Truth through evidence, experiment and reason rather than faith or ideology. I've tried to attract an audience that is diverse in all respects, but particularly in terms of religion and politics. I'm proud of the fact that I have a number of regular readers who often disagree with me (thanks Publius!)
But I find I just can't bring myself to be detached and objective about this situation. I believe with every fiber of my being that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the United States of America, the country that has been my home for nearly all of my life. He is an existential threat to everything I love and value in this world: Freedom. Democracy . Peace. Tolerance. Science. Facts. Truth. Complete sentences.
I don't know how many Trump supporters I have among my readership. I suspect not many, but I don't want to presume. If you're out there, then to you I will say the same thing that I've often said to the many Christians that I've met over the years: I want to believe. I really do. But I just can't. Not in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
The evidence that I see is overwhelming that Donald Trump is not qualified to be president. He is a petty, vindictive man with delusions of grandeur and no clue about the art of statecraft or governance. Vladimir Putin is going to have him over a log bleating like a pig [WARNING! NSFW link!], and Trump won't even realize that he is being played. If I were living in Estonia or Latvia I'd be very, very worried. (Heck, I'm living in California and I'm very, very worried.)
If you are a Trump fan, by all means tell me where I'm wrong. Give me a glimmer of hope. I want to believe. Write it up in the comments, or if you want to respond more extensively email me and let's talk about writing a guest post. But at the moment I see dark days ahead, and objectivity may turn into a luxury that I choose not to afford. My grandparents fled Hitler because people realized too late the danger he posed. Trump isn't Hitler (he's nowhere near as smart as Hitler was) but Hitler didn't have nukes.
On the other hand, if you are not a Trump fan I hope you will join me in opposing him by whatever means necessary. Let's start by pledging to never watch a Trump event on TV, starting with the inauguration. Trump thrives on ratings. Let's not feed the beast.
If you are with me on this, I would really appreciate it if you would let me know, either by leaving a comment, or clicking on the "Right on" reaction button below. (Likewise, if you support Trump, please click the "Bogus" button. I really do want to know. But if you do, I'd also appreciate it if you would explain why.) It has taken me two months to screw my courage to the sticking place enough to write this. Like I said, I see dark days ahead. It doesn't take a lot of encouragement to keep me writing, but it does take some. I need to know I'm not alone.
 Yes, I know that I said that I lost faith in democracy after the Brexit vote. And I have. But I still cling to the ideal of liberal democracy as something that we humans should strive for, even if at the moment democracy does not seem to be living up to its full potential.