I didn’t show up for the tour. It had been on my calendar for a couple of weeks to take college students on a general tour of the Huntington Museum of Art. I’m a docent, and I don’t miss. I missed. I am deeply apologetic, but that won’t change anything.
My no-show weekend followed the president’s rollback of insurance coverage for birth control. Outraged, I spent hours listening to the news; I wrote my two West Virginia senators to insist that they stand up to this latest attack on common sense, equal protection and, most definitely, upon women!
You would think I would be used to these endless shows of ignorance and misogyny, which perhaps are a reflection of a cognitive pathology. But I’m not. Each pronouncement by our current administration sends me reeling for days on end.
This administration appears to be held hostage to radical groups, both religious and political. Its pronouncements demonstrate an embarrassing and dangerous lack of constitutional, political, or historical facts. Its remarks are full of puffery and hype.
Through my lens, I have come to the depressing conclusion that our current president and his administration are an existential threat to this country and to the world. I hope I’m wrong.
My new book, The Fourth Moment: Journeys from the Known to the Unknown, is more optimistic. I hope you will take a look at it. You can find it on Amazon.