This past week was filled with sleepless nights and listless days. I could not focus on anything useful or positive or productive. I could not write. I could barely stand to read the newspapers, or watch the endless cycle of media rehashes of Senate Hearings, of bizarre hackings (by Russia) of those same hearings on C-Span, or the constant barrage of tweets from, to, and about The Twit Who Would Be Czar (King, Dictator, Supreme Leader) of the World.
I especially bristled when MSNBC’s Katy Tur lashed out at Dr. Howard Dean’s masterful takedown of The Media for its role in the ascent of The Twit. Dr. Dean was one of the few voices of Truth I heard this week—and yet, incredibly, when I just tried to search msnbc.com for this exchange, I could find no “match” for it! I know I was not asleep when I saw it with my own eyes.
So, to counter the real-life Twilight Zone, I ended up watching late-night TV—including Rod Serling’s prescient series of the same name. I found myself also drawn to shows of my childhood: Mannix, The Alfred Hitchock Hour, and even a silly episode of Gomer Pyle, which (improbably) featured a brief appearance by the late William Christopher (Father Mulcahy of M.A.S.H.) as one of Gomer’s buddies on the base.
But this morning, I was back to watching the pundits. Until I saw the piece about The Twit daring to insult Congressman John Lewis for telling the Truth about his impending “presidency.” Especially after seeing Steve Harvey kiss The Twit’s ring while in the Tower the day before.
At about 1:30 this afternoon, I turned off the TV, put down my phones, ignored my computer, and gave in to a long, deep sleep, during which I’d occasionally wake up after an intriguing dream, absorb the meaning of that dream, turn over, and fall blissfully to sleep again. When I woke up, it was nearly 8:00 pm. Reluctantly, I turned on the lights. Wisely, I resisted the urge to turn on the television or even to listen to some music.
The silence of this day (without even traffic noises), as well as the sleep, was a welcome relief; a gift from my brain to my mind and my body.
Yet, I could not resist turning on the computer, checking the “Internet News,” and scrolling through my Facebook feed, where I found the following links to rebuttals of The Twit’s cluelessness—not just about Congressman John Lewis’s district, but about the Black Community at large: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/youre-not-a-quarter-of-the-man-he-is-internet-shreds-trump-for-smearing-civil-rights-icon-john-lewis/; http://www.ajc.com/news/local/john-lewis-fifth-district-residents-respond-trump-comments-with-defendthe5th-photos-neighborhood/o9pmQet0wy8s9ucB8vi1GI/.
As President Barack Obama said, during his heartbreaking farewell speech, Tuesday night, reality will always catch up with you.
2 thoughts on “To Sleep; Perchance to Dream, Only to Wake Up in the Same Nightmare”
Keep speaking truth to power, Jackie!
I too have been crazy with the inability to focus since the evening of Nov. 8th!! It is going to be an exhausting 4 years (hopefully Never Ever 8 years!). HIs (T’s) response to John Lewis saying he’s not going to his inauguration and expressing his views on the illegitimacy of this election was again… nuts! (I felt Lewis was very brave and honest about something I find very weird – that we know the election was illegitimate but we are just supposed to “fogettaboudit” and pretend this makes sense anyway.)
I posted this on FB soon after:
This article (below) highlights the T’sters self-defeating conduct. The question is – will he be able to control his own conduct when he’s president when it comes to compulsively tweeting about everyone who criticizes him or has opinions he doesn’t like? Would anyone prefer he start acting presidential and start letting criticism roll off his back – and spend his time on actual presidential matters?
I’m really wondering how he plans to “unite the country” by inspiring more division…
Of course I got no comments. To be truthful I am a little worried about him spending time on “actual presidential matters” too, 🙂 , but I was trying to appeal just a little bit to my right wing FB friends too… And today, MLK Day, he announced he had to strike off going to the MLK Museum because he was “busy” – composing his next fart tweet I suppose.