Trust America

I’ve been reading all about Meryl Streep’s unexpected speech at the Golden Globes.  It surprised me, since her behavior is normally so neutral.

She was indirectly, without mentioning his name, railing Donald Trump for allegedly mocking a handicapped journalist, an allegation he denies.  I use the term, alleged, because, though I totally believe it, I’m still hoping it’s not true. He’s our new president after all, and I have enough issues concerning him, without adding cruelty to the list.

Made me think of something Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal (November 25,  2016), leaving a big impression on me.

She said, and I’ll paraphrase, if you’re unhappy with the results of the election and don’t trust the president elect, then just trust America because she always prevails.

Noonan was speaking to a foreign taxi driver who told her, his son wept after the election, he’s that afraid of being deported.

Imagine being so fearful of the person just elected to lead.

One thing never changes for me, and that’s how proud I am to be an American, knowing how lucky one is to live here, so I can appreciate that kid’s tears.

Whether our new president delivers or disappoints, I will always feel this way.

Before Peggy Noonan exited the taxi, she said,tell your son…

whatever happens, trust America. images She has a way of weathering through.”     

SB

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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24 Responses to Trust America

  1. Patricia says:

    It’s going to be an interesting four years.

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    • A gentle way of putting it. I heard a man on the street say, if we survived Bush, we can survive anything. Senor Trump is a whole other animal, if you ask me, but we shall see. I think Teddy should run. A cool cat in the White House is just what we need…:)

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  2. micklively says:

    Trust America to maintain the status quo, whatever the cost. Steadfast, dependable, rich and ruthless.

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  3. Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men” and Thomas Paine went further when he said, “It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from his government.” Trust is a fine thing, but seldom vocal and rarely spurred to action. Ms. Streep was right, Trump (President elect or not) must be held accountable for the dignity of his office if he is to represent the nation responsibly—which he failed to do when he tried to humiliate that handicapped journalist by mocking him. Video doesn’t lie and Trump did painfully mock the man, and no kind of spin he cares to put on it will erase that shameful public display of insulting behavior on his part. As Teddy Roosevelt once remarked, “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country” and the country is its people, and the nation has been wounded by Trump and his callous disregard of respect for its people. Just a thought.

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    • Oh Paul, I LOVE THIS…and yes, a friend sent me the video and a picture of Meryl Streep when she played Isak Dinesen, a favorite book of mine…I’m just used to making lemonade out of lemons, and Trump is a bowl full. He’s a piece of work, and we’ve known it all along, yet, he was voted in. Not by me nor you, from the sounds of it, but he’s going to sit where Tom, Abe and FDR sat, so…the country seems to be sitting this one out. Love the quotes…sigh

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, my thought is that there are some things that might improve and others that will take steps backward. I’m just crossing my fingers that there will be more steps forward.
    As for Teddy, there is so much to admire about the man, but I always have that nagging reminder of his panic at Chappaquiddick.

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  5. How he reacted to her speech is what has me very concerned. His tissue paper skin is going to get us all killed.
    As for Meryl, I’m not a fan of celebrities using these shows for politics, however I am all for someone with this privilege using their platform to be the voice of many who do not have that ability. I felt she got her message out with grace, unlike the celebrity that the electoral collage just put in the White House. He chooses to use his privilege to feed his big fat ego.
    I agree that America has weathered many things over the years, but this is going to be a challenge.

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    • I watched her speech several times, and it was delivered with grace, without a doubt. I think it says all there is to know about her, and that couldn’t have been easy for her to do. She had just come from her friend Carrie Fisher’s funeral. Loved the Fisher quote…paraphrasing…take your heartbreak, and turn into art. Made me cry. As for Trump and his circus, we just have to get through it best we can and hope for the best. Love, Pollyanna.

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  6. We will survive but what will the cost be? I wish his skin would develop some callouses. His knee jerk reactions are disappointing and inappropriate. His response to Meryl Streep is something a 6 year old would say. He needs to learn that there’s an eloquence in silence. Did he think that everyone would love him now? His own party doesn’t love him. Like you I am hoping for some good surprises but from what I understand from people who know him personally, he’s not a generous or particularly kind man.

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    • No, I’m afraid he’s not. He did terrible things to a guy I know who lives in one of his buildings, to get him to leave. He’s a creep. We have a creep who’s about to be sworn in. There’s nothing to say because, that’s how it is. Meryl Streep, in all her fineness, must have made him feel like he was 6. She’s so elegant, and that was big what she did, simply because it was her…my two cents.

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  7. Chuck Radda says:

    I’m all for giving a guy a chance if he would say, just once, he was wrong to have done something. He blames the media for a video that shows him mocking Serge Kovaleski, the reporter with arthrogryposis. It’s not an allegation—unless Trump was acting, in which case his diatribe against Meryl Streep holds even less water since he’s an actor also making choices for us. The thing is we’re still debating facts: that has to stop.

    And I don’t think we can merely hope for the best and get through it. Not to sound arrogant, but we’re better than he is and he doesn’t reflect or represent the great majority of us. I know there are Americans who think it’s cool to have someone like that in the White House, but I don’t know how many of them are actually proud of what he says or does. We have to pull him up to a level that represents the actual greatness of this country, not let ourselves be pulled down to his skewed definition of great—some imagined utopia of sixty years ago when women and minorities “knew their place.” It’s going to take work.

    Sorry to babble on like this—it seems to have become a daily occurrence—as my ever-lengthening blog entries illustrate.💤

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  8. That’s a great perspective. Presidents come and go (hopefully), and there have been some pretty crazy ones in the past, but the country always survives.

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  9. I will be honest here. I believe Peggy. Now, I know we may be in for some rough weather coming up. I think it would have been worse if Hilary had won (though we might not have known that until…). But I am of the opinion that I do not know how we made it through these last eight years without being attacked or taken over or bought out even Just an opinion. I worried for nearly 6 of those 8 years (I voted for him the 1st time, so I gave him 2 years). America does have a way…
    Scott

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  10. Well Nikki, as my late, great friend Jackie always said, when you get lemons you make lemonade. We will just have to ride out the wave of Donald Trump with faith, hope and more than a little charity. Trust America…:)

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