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Person of the Year

By Dale Lucht

Donald Trump recently said he backed away from being Time® magazine’s “Man of the Year” because he would have to pose for a photo shoot and be interviewed, and the magazine only said that he would probably be named. Trump objected to the word probably; he figures that there is no person more important than himself. Let’s look at some previous recipients.

Vladimir Putin was Time’s® Man of the Year (MOY) in 2007, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini was MOY in 1979, back to Russia in 1957 with Nikiti Khrushchev, and Joseph Stalin achieved Time’s® Man of the Year twice, in 1942 and 1939. And we can’t forget Adolf Hitler in 1938. These are the people that Trump wants to be recognized with. I must say that Mr. Trump fits right in with all of these despots. Mr. Trump says that he admires strong leaders and to him this means dictators, or whatever title you may call them. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan, and the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte – all three of these elected leaders have suspended civil rights, limited free press, and jailed and killed dissenters. Trump’s heroes?

I have tried to give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt on his competency, but I believe the spirits of James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson are jumping for joy. These two Presidents, the 15th and 17th, are generally considered as the worst. They finally may have somebody to move them up a notch. If these allegations are proved correct on Russia helping to get Trump elected, Trump’s days should be numbered and as Gerald Ford said, “Our long national nightmare” may be over.

President Trump touts how smart he is but I have my doubts. What exactly did he learn in school? He probably read the novel 1984 – you remember – the book written by George Orwell and published in 1949. This a futuristic book where residents are dictated to by a political regime under the control of the privileged, elite Inner Party. The Inner Party persecutes individualism and independent thinking. This tyranny is overseen by Big Brother, (you’re going to get tired of winning), the Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. Does this sound like the Republican Party of today? It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested only in power. I believe that Mr. Trump did read this book, not as a novel, but as his personal bible.

In 2005 on a bus in California Trump is heard boasting about his sexual escapades. This Access Hollywood tape did not sink Trump’s campaign. He must have prayed to the god of perversion. Thanks to Wikipedia I found out that there really is a god of perversion, albeit a fictional god. Ramsey Campbell in the Cthulhu Mythos, wrote about Y’golonac (the defiler). Who knew! Back to 1984, the Ministry of Truth is responsible for historical revisionism. In Trump’s mind this ministry is working overtime because now he claims that it is not his voice on that tape.

But the tape did get us talking about sexual abuse and sexual assault. Since that tape aired we have seen numerous men in power accused of using their position of power to coerce someone in to sexual acts. We even have one person, Roy Moore, who is running for the Senate in Alabama. He has been accused of preying on young teenage girls when he was in his thirties. By the time you read this the election will be over and Roy Moore may be the honorable Senator from the great State of Alabama. One of his defenders, Pastor Flip Benham from North Carolina, said that Moore “did that because there is something about a purity of a young woman. There is something that is good, that’s true, that’s straight and he looked for that.” Pastor Flip made me feel like Chester the Molester.

Since this all started numerous – men, but mostly women – have come forth accusing men of sexual abuse. Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Russell Simmons, Louis C. K., Matt Lauer, way too many to mention them all. But here’s the thing; the victims are finally speaking out and people are listening to them and believing them. #MeToo spread as a two word hashtag used on social media to denounce sexual assault and harassment. Like the conversation we didn’t have about race while Mr. Obama was in the White House, we are now faced with having a conversation about sexual abuse, assault and harassment.

I originally ended this article saying that my nomination for Time’s® “Person of the Year” is the #MeToo movement. Since then the “#MeToo Movement – Silence Breakers” were named as Time’s® “Person of the Year.” Now – will we have that conversation? Or will it be enough just to name it?

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