Fifty Ways to Sunday

I have this moment right before I awake each day, a moment when I have not yet opened my eyes but am no longer asleep. It used to be that was the moment when I would say, “Thank you, God, for a new day.A new opportunity. New mercies.”

Now that moment is spent thinking, “Oh My God, Donald Trump is president. When will I awake from this nightmare?”

For me and for millions of others, having his face, his voice, his banal and shallow thinking, his vulgarness, his callous disrespect for others, his abusiveness, is an absolute nightmare.

I hate this man fifty ways to Sunday and back again.

Hate him.

And no, you don’t get to shame me for saying that or feeling that. You, who believe it is wrong to hate people, just elected a man who ran a campaign on hate and is building an administration on revenge.

I don’t understand how you or anyone else could vote for this man.

You, who I used to respect.

You, who I used to admire.

You, who I used to think adhered to a standard of goodness.

You, who stand in the pulpits of your neighborhoods and your churches and your homes and claim to be a follower of Jesus.

You voted for the most vulgar man to ever run for the nation’s highest office.

You voted for a man who is a fraud.

You voted for a man who feels his wealth, his celebrity status entitles him to sexually assault women. (And there you go again, defending him, saying it was just locker room talk, no sexual assault. It was enough to get Billy Bush fired from a career job but that didn’t stop you from putting into our nation’s highest office a sexual predator.)

You voted for a man who has no idea how government works.

You voted for a man who is building the most racist, misogynistic, vulgarly rich and least experienced administration in history.

You voted for a man who is the most ignorant, most juvenile, most banal, least-read, least-articulate, and least-thoughtful man to ever hold this office.

You voted for a man who believes in gated communities, and gated nations.

You voted for a man who believes women are there to serve his needs, Period.

You voted for a man who is wicked and vulgar and hateful and thinks of himself more highly than he should.

And because of that I wake up sick in my soul each morning and go to bed each night with the feeling of absolute doom.

You voted for a man who embodies the spirit of the Anti-Christ.

And, here’s the thing, you know all of this and refuse to own it.

I find your silence simply unforgivable.

 

 

Karen Spears Zacharias

Author/Journalist/Educator. Gold Star Daughter.

18 Comments

Lois

about 12 months ago

Betrayed is the word you're looking for. We feel betrayed by people we thought we knew, who we thought had values and faith and loving kindness. And now we see the hate that was hidden in their hearts, and we feel betrayed. Granddaddy Breedlove was a old-fashioned Baptist preacher from Nirth Carolina. He loved to preach about the end times. About the tribulation -- when the God's sheep would be separated from the pretender goats. And of course the rapture, and the second coming --but he really liked preaching about the tribulation period the most. I feel like I'm living in his sermons....

Reply

Karen Spears Zacharias

about 12 months ago

Yes, I feel betrayed by the people who voted for him. But if what I feel for Trump isn't hate, it's a pretty good facsimile.

Reply

Debbie

about 12 months ago

Karen. Thank you for your thoughtful words and your wisdom. I have family tgat voted for that person. Always said "your President" I have mixed kids for cripes sake. She is a woman for cripes sake. She and another friend have family members that are police officers, one is Hispanic and white living in Arizona, build the wall. Post hurtful things about black lives matter, when tgey are related to 2 beautiful black young adults, my grandchildren. I continue to shake my head, I dont like the word stupid but that is what they are! Yes there is going to be change and I hope they will really see when it comes, but they may be just plain dumb and blind. I dont like the word hate either but once again you are right.

Reply

Karen Spears Zacharias

about 12 months ago

Debbie: I can't imagine if I had mixed children how difficult all this would be. It's difficult enough. I am so, so sorry you and your children are caught up in all this. I worry about so many who are in the margins of society and now Trump is creating a white enclave of the rich and mistaken.

Reply

Diane Mouskourie

about 12 months ago

Karen, I too, have been feeling much the same as you. I abhor everything this evil man and his group of oligarchs cohorts are and will do to the country we once knew. All to fill their greed for money and power. I almost feel sorry for some of the people who voted for because, they too, will suffer the consequences of their actions. He's already back tracking on many of his lies, uh promises. He cares nothing for the people. He cares only for himself and what others can do for him. Everyone else and everything else be damned. The question I'm troubled with now is what can we do to patch up the flood gates of he'll he has opened?

Reply

Karen Spears Zacharias

about 12 months ago

I hear ya. The thing I am doing is writing my legislators every week with the new list of issues they need to address. This week the Sec of Ed appointment and the Conflict of Interest (Christmas ornaments, reallY?) But I won't feel sorry for the people who voted for him. When they lose their Medicaid, when their taxes increase, when they don't get Roe V Wade overturned, when their public schools shut down. I'm going to remind them that DT was their answer to prayer.

Reply

Victoria T

about 12 months ago

I'm like you. I can't even say his name. I refer to him as "him".

Reply

Karen Spears Zacharias

about 12 months ago

He is an embarrassment to this nation.

Reply

LaDonna Sasscer

about 12 months ago

I am with you, sister. ??

Reply

Victoria T

about 12 months ago

I agree. I agree. I agree. Especially the part about people we thought we knew. My best friend and her sweet family voted for "him". I believe, purely on the basis of what they thought he could do for healthcare and because he is against abortion. How blindly he led them. Like sheep to the slaughter.

Reply

Karen Spears Zacharias

about 12 months ago

Oh, honey, nobody was led blindly. There was too much YouTube evidence this time around. If they voted for him, they did so willingly. They made a pact with the devil and went merrily along to the slaughter. They can't claim blindness this time round.

Reply

AFRoger

about 12 months ago

Once again, I my be the lone male offering comments. But that won't stop me. Mr. Trump shows none of the stability or moral core that I find mandatory for leadership in anything. So far, the description for him that I have come up with has been consistently accurate: he may well be the most ad hoc human being to have ever lived, certainly to occupy the Oval Office. He needs no factual information to hold his firmly and aggressively held opinions on anything, it seems. Witness his radical shift(s) on climate change and its urgency. (Do an internet search for stories on the 2009 letter to the NYT signed by a whole passel of respected people as well as Mr. Trump and several of his children.) Well..... Apart from that, we should also spend serious time contemplating how out of touch Hillary Clinton and the Dems were in this campaign to the needs of so many. Against such a flawed disaster of a human being as Mr. Trump, the election was hers to lose. And she managed to pull it off. I predict that Mr. Trump will be our president for eight years, unfortunately. What will be left of our democracy and our society on the other side of that is anyone's guess. A wise theologian once observed that much of Israel's Old Testament history (particularly with respect to kings) could be summed up in the statement, "So God gave the people what they wanted, and He made them sick of it." Here we go, folks...

Reply

Bess Thompson

about 12 months ago

Oh please don't say we will have 8 years of this travesty....I can't bear it. Look at all the ways he is self-destructing even now with his tweets and crazy lies. Him and that aging Barbie-doll-wanna-be that is his spokeswoman. They are a "disaster" to use his own favorite term. The problem is that the majority of Americans are in some sort of mental coma, even the ones who detest him are tempted to roll over and just take it. I feel that we must be more vocal with our elected representatives. I'm told that calling the district (state) office of your congressional rep or senator is more effective than any other mode of communication including writing, emailing, or contacting the DC office. I'm an introvert and I HATE speaking on the phone to strangers, but I'm going to schedule weekly calls to my rep and both senators on issues that are of concern to me.

Reply

AFRoger

about 12 months ago

I really don't want to think of 8 Trump years, but it's more likely than not. Two reasons: 1) Trump will get a massive infrastructure bill through Congress, despite the cost. It will stimulate the economy and create jobs. (Never mind what it and his tax cuts might do to the debt.) We could have done this seven years ago, as Obama wanted. But the GOP opposition would not allow Obama to do anything so constructive as infrastructure repairs--which will cost a lot more now than years ago. 2) While Trump constantly spews half truths and fiction, it has never brought about his self-destruction. His whole candidacy proved that against all reasonable odds. Before the rest of us can adequately respond and nail his feet to the floor for spreading fiction, he has already dumped 3-5 new ones one us... On it goes, endlessly. Vladimir Putin does the same thing, albeit perhaps not as obsessively as Trump. DJT won the election by absolutely dominating the news cycle. To people who are very contemptuous of news media and journalists in general, Trump comes across as a Rocky-like, ballsy champion (HE won't be pushed around like other spineless dopes in politics). This IS our challenge going forward. Not so much over who sits on the Supreme Court (not unimportant by any means) or who fills cabinet posts and shapes foreign policy (not unimportant by any means), but what is true and what isn't, what is fact and what is fiction, what is real and what is fairytale. There are community groups meeting around the country now who get very reliable looking "information" from a variety of websites and speakers about Muslim plots, etc. Some of these folks firmly believe, this according to reporting on NPR within the past month, that a number of U.S. cities are already operating under Sharia law, Dearborn, Michigan being one of them. This, of course, was news to the mayor and council of Dearborn. But people not too far away believe it. And the full-blown propaganda machine has not even begun to start its engine yet. We the people face our greatest challenge ever. What do we want to do for the next four years? Do we want to know honestly, or do we want to be entertained and distracted? And if we know, what are we prepared to do about it?

Reply

Karen Spears Zacharias

about 12 months ago

I don't agree, Roger. He won't likely last 4 years much less 8. He's 70 already and there is speculation that he's already suffering some dementia, thus the need for kids present. His business comingly with government is likely to get him impeached in two years. Only 25 percent of voters elected him. The other 75 percent hate him. They are not going to tolerate his foolishness, especially not when it means using our troops to protect his financial interests, which is what is going to happen. When loss of life happens, this president is done for. If he isn't taken out by someone from within first. I think we are looking at a House of Caesar and I think he's doomed worse than Obama.

Reply

AFRoger

about 12 months ago

I'd like to think you are right, Karen. But impeachment requires action of Congress and a vote to convict after a trial. Seems like everybody but the Bushes has buried the hatchet and cozied up nicely. Also bear in mind that the 25% who elected him probably own 90% of the guns in this country. And in many cases, their firepower probably exceeds that of the police and National Guard combined. Although 25% elected him , it doesn't follow that 75% hate him. The percentage of people who don't really care is way more than single digits, unfortunately.

Betty Frandsen

about 12 months ago

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2016/11/21/learning-history-can-save-america-tyranny Check out this article by Timothy Snyder.....I recently began his book Black Earth....Slow but fascinating. Which ideas resonate with you?

Reply

Janice Bridges

about 12 months ago

Thanks Karen. I left evangelicalism years ago, but I admire those who remain and stand against the horrors that have invaded its ranks.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Please be polite. We appreciate that.
Your email address will not be published and required fields are marked