This past weekend was supposed to be the wedding day for my daughter and her fiance. They're a very sweet couple who met each other two years ago playing Pokemon Go in downtown Chapel Hill, currently living in Atlanta. The wedding has been postponed to a date uncertain. No one knows when or if a good-sized wedding (around a hundred people) might be possible. Everything around the event is up in the air.
The disappointment is fresh and raw for me. I still find myself wondering, "what if?" For example, what if we had an actual president instead of a pathetic egomaniac in the White House? What if the pathetic egomaniac had read and understood the god-damned intelligence briefings he began receiving in December? What if he had acted in the best interests of the country instead of pursuing his personal agenda? What if we were well on the road to re-opening North Carolina in early March instead of now? No one knows the answers to those questions, but there's a good possibility this wedding might have taken place. Instead, we've flushed many thousands of dollars for services that can't be put to use, and more important, two lovely people are left hanging in the lurch.
There are millions of similar stories about life in the time of corona, all made measurably worse by the incompetence of the Trump Crime Family. These few months will go down in history as the most destructive failure of government in more than a hundred years. Relationships ravaged, careers crushed, and lives lost.
My daughter and her fiance are making the most of their changed circumstances, She starts back to work today as part of Georgia's rush to reopen, he's been working from home. I hope they stay safe and take care as circumstances unfold. I love their resilience, I'm so proud of them.
In the meantime, my resolve to put an end to Republican rule has never been stronger. Everyone from Donald F. Trump* down to his enablers (Tillis) and fluffers (Dandy Forest) deserves to be crushed into political oblivion. I don't hate them, but I most certainly DO hate every single thing they're doing to destroy country.
* I've taken to using "F" (fucking) instead of "J" (John) for Trump's middle initial. Feel free to adopt and spread.