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I know you get tired of thinking of vague or angry rants to post online. So, let me make it easy for you so you don’t have to waste time thinking (and you might just start reading books because the author, Lemony Snicket, seems to have written a series with you in mind).
Lemony Snicket’s “Series of Unfortunate Events” could be changed to “A succession of Ill-fated Actions” and it may be documenting your place in history.
Let me just give you an understanding about the series of books: Snicket’s first book was called, “The Bad Beginning”. We find the main characters had just lost their parents and were entrusted in the care of an evil distant relative who was trying to rob the orphans of their inheritance. As we lost our country’s leader and were mistakenly forced under your care, this seems too similar to your thinly veiled public service of giving your friends and family means to make money while subjecting most Americans to less earning power.
The second book in the series was “The Reptile Room” and if there is a parallel, I could just say “Drain the Swamp”. Your slogan was catchy, but you continue to fill the swamp with inexperience and ignorant friends and donors.
Snicket’s writing is considered absurdist fiction and that certainly could apply to most of your thoughtful musings. His books are filled with sarcastic remarks from the characters. But the narrator also excessively explains big words, often using alternate meanings to describe situations incorrectly. Hmmm. Sounds about right.
Other books in the series lead the main characters through other situations. “The Miserable Mill” could be comparing current wages and the inability to many low wage people to survive, much less thrive, on a forty hour work week. “The Austere Academy” shows how awful education can be when the popular and rich are more highly recognized than the educated and intelligent. “The Hostile Hospital” can be used as a metaphor to our healthcare system and the inhumane practices that occur when care is not affordable.
Each book in the series has a couple things in common: The antagonist continues to try different schemes using his friends and his greed to thwart the eventual winners. But the adversity does not dampen the spirits of the protagonists for long, and they overcome. And that is exactly what we will do in the coming months with campaigns and elections. We will come together as a group of smart, caring people and do what is right for all Americans. You have chosen your place in history on the wrong side, but we will persevere and make it right. With you or without.
PS My apologies to Lemony Snicket in any comparisons of the current state of government to your books. Your writing was entertaining to my kids as work of fiction, not meant to turn into real life scenarios for the USA.