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What’s Written In The Stars

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Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

WASHINGTON — The solar eclipse was a wonderful thing. Full of wonder. No need to poll that.

Here in the nation’s capital, it was the happiest thing to happen in seven months. Looking skyward, people were moved to see the moon cover the sun almost totally. Strangers passing the time of day in Georgetown, and then passing a pair of eclipse glasses around, melted into mere fellow earthlings. It sparked a sense of oneness, just us and the cosmos.

The eclipse revealed what’s written in the stars. Donald Trump is doing just this to America, blocking the rays of light left by Barack Obama. The two presidents are like the moon and the star we call the sun, are they not? And as the moon moves right in front of our sightline to the sun, darkness descends on the land in the day. Our land. Ill fares the land.

Fresh off his outrageous rants about the race riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump was feeling good the day of the eclipse. He had declared the armed white supremacists out on the streets included some “very fine people,” and equated them with counterprotesters who were beaten so badly that police did nothing to come to their aid. One young woman lost her life.

The day after the eclipse, Trump looked forward to a warm welcome in Phoenix, Arizona, stirring up his base base (sorry!) with a gloating speech at a rally. He threatened to shut down the government over the wall he wants to build. He also stirred up thousands of protestors on the streets. So the night was perfect, a heaving hot mess.

While the eclipse drew us together, the president’s talent is to tear us apart.

The epiphany explains exactly what we have seen. At first, few could fathom why Trump said nothing to comfort or heal a bleeding wound, a numb city, a reeling nation.

After all, President Obama found the words to sing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of nine murdered black churchgoers in South Carolina. Normal presidents try to make a tragedy better; Trump made a bad thing worse. Never have we seen a president get defiant pleasure from making the public square more upset, angry and bewildered, as we witnessed in the wake of Charlottesville.

Now we see with clarity that Trump will never do the right thing. He will never say the right thing. He will always prowl for the next enemy to attack and when in doubt, there’s always the media. He’s willing to wage war with his own party leaders and senators, as Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is finding out in the most excruciating way. Hater-in-chief night and day — that’s his job.

The 44th president, meanwhile, vanished save for a tweet about love from whatever island he’s on. Was it all so ephemeral?

There’s now a current in some circles that the sunny Obama may have left the door open for the dark side of the moon. Remember the festering birther issue that citizen Trump started years ago? Obama was too elegant to respond and get down in the gutter with the man who rose out of it to blacken the White House. I wish Obama had called him out as a racist and put it to rest.

The eloquent former president left the economy in good shape (for some) and joined the Paris Accords on climate change. Health care has his name on it. Trump has already crossed out one legacy, Paris, and came close to burning up Obamacare. We miss the younger man’s bright reason and dignity, visible as that rim around the sun.

Yet, some say, Obama never fought the good fight on race. Professor Michael Eric Dyson notes in The Washington Post: “Obama went out of his way to proclaim himself not black America’s president but everybody’s president: everybody, it seemed, except black folks.”

True, Obama never confronted the rise of racial hatred during his time in the sun. The angry, unchecked swell led to the total darkness of Trump, who won without a majority.

The heartland was graced by totality, the grandest display of what the moon and sun can do to our planet. Somehow that seemed perfect.

To find out more about Jamie Stiehm and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit creators.com.

 

 

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  1. TZToronto August 26, 2017

    I was saying the other day that if Trump can choose between something good and something bad, he’ll invariably choose the bad thing. The reason for that is that the thing that’s bad for America is usually good for Trump. Has there ever been a more self-centered person than Donald Trump?

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 26, 2017

      No, there hasn’t. Even Hitler, though motivated by dark forces, was thinking more of the humiliation meted out to Germany after WW1, and acted out of a dysfunctional hatred of targeted groups, and not from a sole perspective of personal gain and adding luster to his personal resume.

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    2. dbtheonly August 26, 2017

      I’m with Aaron, no, Trump is the most self-centered person, over the age of 6 months, in the world. Kim Jong-un might give him a test though.

      Now, will Trump stay on message for the hurricane and Texas floods? We know the response will be the “best”, “most comprehensive”, and “beautiful”. But will he go off track and claim his wall would have made things better?

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    3. FireBaron August 26, 2017

      Teflon Donnie was raised by his parents to believe that he is the only person of any importance in the family. Even as a kid, he effectively dominated his older brother, Fred Junior, and his other siblings. If he wanted something, he got it. If he didn’t want his siblings to have something, they didn’t get it.
      Now, we have a 70 year old who acts like a little kid. I remember reading how once early in his presidency, President G.W. Bush almost choked on a snack. Karl Rove saved us from a potential Cheney Presidency. But you have to ask – if something similar happened to Teflon Donnie, would there be anyone there to prevent a Pence Presidency?

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  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 26, 2017

    Nice and appropriate metaphor of President Obama in contrast with a egotistical miscreant, spawned by a mom and dad who failed miserably in raising Donald since birth.

    Trump represents all that is morally corrupt—just look at the litany of degeneracy which litter the trail of his life. Obama, though no absolute saint, is angelic compared to Trump’s satanic vices and demeanor. Not one breath of the Message and Spirit of Jesus can be detected wafting from Trump—only a noisome smell of narcissism and greed, and a raucous Twitter noise.

    Goodness in this day has been occulted by the darkness which Trump represents; the positive outlook and nobility of character and sense of empathy and altruism which shone forth from President Obama is sullied by the deceit, narcissism, and salacious character which define Trump. The “sun” in American affairs was always clouded by the greed and lust for power by the GOP the moment the “sun” arose on America’s political landscape. The conservative naysayers, like bats that are more comfortable at night, would become the “bats” of American society, spreading the rabies of hate, obstruction, and jealousy. Like ominous clouds forming and dispersing on America’s landscape, the GOP would often block out the rays of the “sun” of Obama and the rays emanating from decent Americans—white, black, brown, and shades in between.

    And now, a new “bat”(No, not “Batman” of Marvel comics) has emerged, spreading hate and selfishness with vitriol. Trump is a uniquely dissolute and amoral being, spreading malice and ill-will across the land.

    But Trump and supporters would claim this assessment of President Obama versus the interloper, Donald, to be “fake news”. And we can be assured that God knows who is insincere and who is sincere; who is motivated by the darkness of deceit and avarice, and discerns the contents of the hearts of those who are enlightened by the “sun” of a goodly and saintly character

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  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 26, 2017

    Nice and appropriate metaphor of President Obama in contrast with a egotistical miscreant, spawned by a mom and dad who failed miserably in raising Donald since birth.

    Trump represents all that is morally corrupt—just look at the litany of degeneracy which litter the trail of his life. Obama, though no absolute saint, is angelic compared to Trump’s satanic vices and demeanor. Not one breath of the Message and Spirit of Jesus can be detected wafting from Trump—only a noisome smell of narcissism and greed, and a raucous Twitter noise.

    Goodness in this day has been occluded by the darkness which Trump represents; the positive outlook and nobility of character and sense of empathy and altruism which shone forth from President Obama is sullied by the deceit, narcissism, and salacious character which define Trump. The “sun” in American affairs was always clouded by the greed and lust for power by the GOP the moment the “sun” arose on America’s political landscape. The conservative naysayers, like bats that are more comfortable at night, would become the “bats” of American society, spreading the rabies of hate, obstruction, and jealousy. Like ominous clouds forming and dispersing on America’s landscape, the GOP would often block out the rays of the “sun” of Obama and the rays emanating from decent Americans—white, black, brown, and shades in between.

    And now, a new “bat”(No, not “Batman” of Marvel comics) has emerged, spreading hate and selfishness with vitriol. Trump is a uniquely dissolute and amoral being, spreading malice and ill-will across the land.

    But Trump and supporters would claim this assessment of President Obama versus the interloper, Donald, to be “fake news”. And we can be assured that God knows who is insincere and who is sincere; who is motivated by the darkness of deceit and avarice, and discerns the contents of the hearts of those who are enlightened by the “sun” of a goodly and saintly character.

    “O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly, and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty, ancient, imperishable, and everlasting.”

    These words by Baha’u’llah are the first of 153 such aphorisms in Baha’u’llah’s first major works, written while a prisoner of the Ottoman Empire for daring to declare the time for the renewal of Islam, and all the previous Messages, had come with the announcement of His predecessor in Shiraz, Iran, in 1844.

    By championing the Cause of His predecessor, “The Bab”, Baha’u’llah was arrested, imprisoned, and exiled from His homeland of Elam(Iran). On the first stop of the forced exile on foot and horseback in Baghdad, from Tehran, Baha’u’llah would pace up and down the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, as He penned “The Hidden Words”(Kalimát-i-Maknúnih).

    I’ve always considered it noteworthy that He would choose His first aphorism to be what I consider the anchor and pivot of every human being—the “heart”. And note the term “heart” and NOT the brain/mind. As though to tell us that the heart is the source from which springs goodly character and noble sentiments, with the “brain” mandated to be secondary, but nonetheless extremely important in helping discern the rational from the irrational. Trump gives all the signals of irrationality.

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  4. PrecipitousDrop August 27, 2017

    Let us hope and aspire to make Trump’s reign as brief as the solar occlusion.

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