Brave New World
By Bill Richbourg
State Senator Cheryl Kagan (D-Rockville) seemingly can’t come to grips with President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory and upcoming Administration. A self-proclaimed community leader, Kagan sent out an e-mail to all her constituents on November 22 stating, “I suspect that like me, you are still reeling in disbelief from the presidential election results. After witnessing an embarrassingly ugly campaign, I am devastated that Americans have chosen a bully with no preparation to be our next President”.
Kagan is now going even further in her refusal to face the inevitable, sponsoring two local concerts around the Presidential Inauguration to provide comfort and solace to her flock. It brings to mind summer nights around a campfire telling ghost stories until even the familiar path home was filled with spooky shadows.
Now, as Inauguration Day nears, some on the losing end of an election the “experts” said their candidate could not lose plan to gather in a group hug. As Politico noted as far back as last spring, “Hillary Clinton’s campaign looks like a well-oiled juggernaut next to Donald Trump’s vastly smaller, mostly self-funded operation.”
Of course the Clinton “juggernaut” had already come perilously close to being upset by Bernie Sanders. Had they not believed the arrogant echoes of their own spin in their favored media they might have seen that as an early warning.
Even now, rather than hiring bands to drown out their fears at what promises to be the saddest parties of this or any election year, perhaps they should be asking themselves “how did this happen?”
One part of the answer may be found in Kagan’s concert planning which will promote progressive issues such as gay rights and gun control. Maybe those aren’t the decisive issues for Americans who live in the forgotten states between the coasts.
Maybe it’s time to turn down the music, stop telling each other scary stories and start listening to something more up-to-date than ‘60s protest songs.
This opinion piece was originally published in the Montgomery County Sentinel.