Do NOT Adjust Your Sets — It’s the Vision That’s Changed.

I feel like I’m living in an alternate universe. A world where up is down, down is up, and everything has been turned inside out.

Over the past 30 hours, I’ve heard that, contrary to what I may see in the world around me, our nation has devolved into a dysfunctional, dystopian society, rampant with crime, violence, and lawlessness — a society filled with crumbling inner cities, oppressive joblessness, rusted-out factories, out-of-control gangs, the totality of which was described as “American carnage.”

Oh, the hypocrisy of it all.

Luckily, I have pretty good eyesight, excellent hearing, an inquisitive brain, a good memory — and the inclination to draw on ALL of these attributes in order to discern the truth.

Thanks to photographs taken from the same exact spot in 2009 and 2017, I can see for myself that the crowds that attended yesterday’s festivities in Washington were significantly smaller than those that attended similar festivities eight years ago — contrary to what the new administration would like us to believe. Taste aside, I can see for myself that the ill-advised red-white-and-blue coat worn yesterday by one of our new president’s senior advisors was, in fact, made in Italy — contrary to the administration’s emphasis on supporting American jobs and American manufacturing. And, I can hear the desperation in the voices of the president and his press secretary as they work too hard to legitimize this presidency by making excuses, pointing fingers, ignoring the truth, and distorting facts — all why trying to discredit the media who are, thankfully, continuing to do the job our nation needs them to do, now more than ever.

This has been very hard to watch — and even harder to listen to. Nonsensical, narcissistic ramblings that bob and weave from topic to topic with excessive bluster and virtually no sincerity or truth to be found. Press conferences with staged applause from unseen audiences and fake props designed to trick us into seeing something that simply isn’t there — only to then be told the MEDIA is dishonest?

Sadly, yesterday’s speech did contain one kernel of truth: Mr. Trump’s vision is a new vision. Not just FOR America, but OF America. A vision that is dark, disturbing, distorted, and full of despair.

While I agree that our country certainly has its problems — problems that have gone far too long without being addressed — the country described by our nation’s new president in his inauguration speech yesterday is NOT the one I live in. Not now. Not by a long shot.

And I intend to do everything I can to keep it that way.

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