I started this long holiday weekend with several medical issues. On Friday I had a heart catherization due to a poor stress test following my reports of minor chest contractions. The test showed that two of my bypasses had collapsed. Fortunately the most important third looked great, pumping blood. Meds can be taken to control the contractions (angina, not a heart attack). Good to know. In addition my abscess-fistula was swollen, sore, with increased discharges. Maybe due to the fact that my colonostomy wasn’t producing anything. (I have a reluctance writing about this but for any of my friends getting older, medical information is important.)
I started Saturday and finished Sunday in my recliner chair. Reading, napping, surfing the Internet, e-mail, Facebook, a bit of TV. The news always seems to intrude. It use the words “news” cautiously. Trump news; White House news. The most prominate being the President’s attacks on the media. The infamous Scarborough-Brzezinski tweets; the CNN attacks, icluding the juvenile wrestling with the CNN icon. But then there is the WH commissions request for voting information (states are refusing); jibberish about infinity and space (look at Buzz Aldrin’s face); Republican defense of their health care bill; Trump’s tweet to repeal today and replace tomorrow (contradicting previous statements), the President’s upcoming meeting with Putin (he will wing it); turmoil in the WH; Tillersen can’t get his staff appointments. . . It doesn’t stop.
And the President hours of watching cable news. Welcome to Wonderland.
I went to find a fresh book to read from a shelf in my bedroom and was drawn to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” I began the trip down the rabbit hole and a day later through the looking glass. I couldn’t help asking: were there similarities between Carrol’s Wonderland and the White House? I don’t mean there are direct parallels in story, plot or characters. But when the Red Queen shouts “Off with their heads.” You decide.
There is no logic in Wonderland; nonsense reigns. I’ll share some quotes; you can decide if it relate to Trump, the White House and our current political discourse.
“Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write if down afterwards.”
“I don’t think . . .” said Alice. “Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter.”
Can you imagine Trump tweeting:
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” We are going to do great impossible things.
Trump likes us to focus on himself.
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”
And does this sound a bit like administration spokesperson?
“Contraiwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”
“We’re all mad here.”
Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?” Alice: “I’m afraid so. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
Womderland is an alternate world. Different from the real word. Words take on different meanings. There are alternative truths.
“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — nothing more or less.”
Alice: How Long is forever?” White Rabbit: ” Sometimes, just one second.”
“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”
And then we have the Cheshire Cat, always grinning:
“I’m not strange, wierd, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.”
There was a lot more in Wonderland that reminded me of the White House. A good reread. “Off with their heads.”