The problem is bigger than the US

We can’t get past our exceptionalism and it is killing us

Is there any way to save the United States of North America? This is the unstated but looming question at the anniversary of the Trump coup. The very nature of the Trump Coup suggests that there is not an option that retains the union. The absence of our ability to talk about the Trump Coup indicates both its success and its implications for North America. As an admission of failure I have been struggling with this realization for the last thirteen months. The failure comes from having had all that I feared could happen turn into reality with normalization of a national absurdity at the core of that reality. The nature of the Trump Coup is that we can no longer even articulate it. It was being recognized and described last January with growing knowledge of the social media tools in the electoral college manipulation at the hands of predominantly Russian mechanisms. The murky sources of Trump’s rediscovered wealth in the world of predominantly Russian based mob and Putin connected financial organizations was quickly outlined. The incredible power of addictive social media to shape community attitudes was being outlined at the edges of mainstream media in January 2017. But this was quickly boxed into single special prosecutor’s investigation that delayed any serious consideration for months if not forever. All other attempts to understand, correct, or prevent repetition of such an event have effectively disappeared. How did this happen? Why did it happen?

Educator, CIO, retired entrepreneur, grandfather with occasional fits of humor in the midst of disaster. . .