The Providential Nature of This president’s* Presidency For Me

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States for
uncovering and exposing and bringing to the surface the stinking
putrid, diseased under-belly, the canker, purulent boil, cancer,
organ destroying sepsis, festering pustules erupting through
the thin skin of American civility.

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States because
he helped remind me of the thin veneer of civility in human history
and the eons long and black hole deep human brutality.

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States for
revealing my illusion of a world that is getting better, kinder,
more just, more compassionate.

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States that
the destruction of the world is not just a possibility but a
predictability and an inevitability.

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States for
reminding me that horror, tragedy, shock, sorrow, grief and
mourning are the norm not the exception in life.

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States for
reminding me not to put my trust in a prince or princess, a son
or daughter of man, for when he or she goes down, his or words
go down with him or her, which in this case is something for
which to pray.

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States
for helping me to affirm my faith in God and not much else.

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States
for helping me to enjoy even more, because of his anti-
environmental policies, nature now — the trails on which
I jog and hike, the lakes on which I kayak, the roads on
which I ride my bicycle knowing the fragility of those
places, the spiritual nature of being in those places
and the appreciation that those places will be there
at least for awhile after I have departed this world.

I simply wish to thank the president of the United States
for helping me see that I need peacefully to protest hate,
injustice, bigotry, fear and violence, not that my protest
will stop those things but that my calling is to witness to
the love of God for all of life expressed in Jesus and
testified to in the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Moses,
Mohammed, Gandhi, M.L. King, Jr., Dorothy Day, A.J.
Muste, et. al.

*while Donald Trump is in office, I will not capitalize
the word president when referring to him.

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