I recall thinking to myself on election night 2016 I had not previously believed the rise of an authoritarian leaning bigot, who used his bigotry to gain popularity, could happen in the US. We weren't like those "other" countries in Europe, a minority of whose population was showing signs of a willingness to listen to the intolerant message right wing extremists were spewing. Obviously, my assumptions were wrong. As part of his campaign pitch Old Joe has often used a commonly accepted phrase, "We are better than this." The implication being we don't fall prey to the raw emotions stirred up by calls for the worst kind of nationalism, we won't stand for grotesque abuses of power, we do not accept inveterate dishonesty, or profiteering, or boorish behavior from government officials........let alone the prez. I want him to be right. But he isn't. 40 years ago it would have been impossible to consider a man like Trump would end up being anything more than a whining crank on a soapbox. But it is undeniable Trumpery has taken hold in America. It has tapped in to people with feelings of grievance, anger, fear, envy, and frustration. All they needed was someone to tell them who to direct those emotions at. Trumpery, for lack of a better name, is going to be around for a while. Even if Don ends up bankrupt and in jail, where he belongs. How destructive it ends up being depends on how hard the majority is willing to fight against it. It's going to be a slog. A long fight. We, the majority, must remain engaged, informed, and energized or Trumpery will win and the US will fail.