“I’ll take the earthquake over Trump any day”

The “journalists” that wants to break blogger’s legs is at it again

The earthquake hits, and a US friend on Facebook says, “I’ll take the earthquake over Trump any day.”

My first thought was that it was a tad insensitive of her but, upon reflection, she makes a solid point. It’s true. America will be stuck with an earth-shattering, cataclysmic, seismic event for four years, and way beyond. Ours will eventually pass.

The thing is, earthquakes are a natural event. Trump is about as far away from anything resembling organic as it’s possible to get.

Of course, in the immediate aftermath of both events, the human response is to try to make sense of it all. Where Trump is concerned, that’s going to take some time.

I spent the day after the US election comforting and cajoling my Seattle-based family. I’d Skyped in the night before, and at the precise moment that they realised Florida had gone Trump’s way.

Three of them were lined up on the couch talking to me, while glancing furtively at the telly. One doesn’t drink. She was drinking. To say that they looked like their dog, parrot, turtle and goldfish had all just simultaneously died would be something of an understatement. They were gutted.

That’s mostly because they believe everything Rachel Stewart and her mates in the media have been saying about Trump. ? No wonder they are scared. ?But they are scared of a lie. ?

I will say two things. First, Hillary would have been a band-aid – a temporary and, likely, one-term solution to the massive problems the US, and the planet, is facing.

Trump’s victory needs to be re-framed within the context of facing facts. He will crash and burn, as Hillary likely would have too, and he will wake up a country that has been asleep for an extended period. Like coming out of a decades-long coma, America is in for lots of blinking, as it adjusts to the intense bright light.

As for the earthquake, the conveyor belt of news means we must respect the silence more. It will quickly turn into a reality TV format, with closed questions and blatant voyeurism. We’ve all been here before. Opt for calm and contemplation every chance you can get.

Truth is, earthquakes squarely remind us of our impotence, impermanence and lack of control. Humans don’t like that. No matter how we dress them up, they are borne of nature. Not cruel, evil or vindictive. They don’t scheme or plot their arrival.

Trump will succeed simply because everyone expects him to fail, and fail spectacularly.

One thing I will go on record on: ?He’ll be a better president than Obama.


– Rachel Stewart, NZ Herald