The snow is melting
The smell of a new season
Reminds of us of grace

You are more than your
Pain. Your suffering does not
Define who you are

Internet trolls write
Twenty-first century music
And shape history

the strangeness of it
sits with me. long after you
left. warm hand on cheek.

Honestly, I don’t get it. How did we get here? I had planned on writing this blog post the day after the election, no matter who won. But then we fell into this purgatory of election results, and then I caught Covid, and now I’m deeply confused. I don’t think it’s Covid brain. How did we get into a place where unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud can convince the vast majority of Republicans that Trump won the election, “by a lot?”

I thought I understood conservatism. I didn’t necessarily agree with it, but it made logical sense. It was built on the idea that a country should undertake change slowly — that America was a prosperous country as it was, with opportunity for those who worked hard, and that America served as a shining example of democracy and freedom and capitalism, and that those things can raise an entire world to be more prosperous and peaceful.

That felt right in a way — it still feels right in a way. And it allows for debate about what equality of opportunity really…

I remember when I first told my freshman year roommate that I was an athesist. He blinked twice. I don’t imagine he expected someone to say something like that at the Catholic college we both attended.

He was a product of Catholic schools his whole life, and I remember his casual shrug. Instead of being annoyed or upset, he was curious, and he asked why.

Over the course of many conversations, I found myself being gently persuaded — to admit that I didn’t understand a lot of the universe, and even to find that the things I didn’t understand were…

It’s not everyday that you hear a president castigating a mayor, but here we are in Trump’s America.

It’s not all the time that a group of heavily armed men storm into protests, but here we are in Trump’s America.

Doublespeak, 17 year olds with assault rifles, boogie men, boogaloos, and patriots support the tyrants here in Trump’s America.

Race riots, millions unemployed, fake news, broken values, stirring the pot and getting stronger through hate, here in Trump’s America.

Disrespect, casting blame, no values and nothing to own, not here in Trump’s America.

We’ve got enough, but far too little…

Thomas Jefferson said, “Every generation needs a new revolution.” But what happens when a culture becomes so splintered that generations are experiencing not just one but multiple revolutions? How does the culture sort itself out?

Well, welcome to 2020.

There are a few trends emerging that place us at the cross-roads of massive cultural change.

First, the obvious, it’s an election year. 2020 has been one of the most insane years that I can recall, with a global pandemic, racial protests, and millions of people unemployed. This year, it seems, so much has come to a head. And, in the…

A.M. Wilson

Author of Populace; former journalist, farmer, librarian, burger flipper, bagboy, groundskeeper, political organizer, and shill.

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