A rare political post while searching for “bad hombres” in Mexico

It is day 40 on the extended Mexico sojourn. We’ve been in university cities, at the bottom of mines, in jungles, canyons, ruins, fishing ports and places with either a Portland Oregon or Miami vibe. We’ve been looking high and low but have yet to find any “bad hombres”.

We left America, as promised, as Donald Trump became president. In full disclosure, we planned to leave if Hillary Clinton won as well. It was time for a break from the insanity of 2016.

Even in 2000 year old ruins we’ve had wifi so despite daily decisions revolving around “does this t shirt smell or can I wear it” and “mezcal or beer” we haven’t lost touch with the discourse from my country.

here is what I think:

trump was elected president in a free and democratic, non violent process. He won by the rules in the constitution. People may not claim him as “their” president, but he is The president.

I would encourage my liberal friends to re-read the constitution.   The president is Not all powerful; there are 3 branches (4 if you consider the media) and there is a balance of power.

Also, please stop the allusions to trump as Nazi; he isn’t one. He is a narcissist, which is a diagnosis-not an ideology. Brownshirts aren’t coming under cover of darkness for Jews, Muslims, gays, Mormins, vegetarians, Meryl Streep or Lindsay Graham,(ok, Lindsay Graham maybe). Adding fear does nothing to dismantling the trump agenda, assuming he has one.

I will not blindly “resist”. Resist what.? I pray daily that Mr Trump will show, soon,a modicum of decency and humanity and cease demonizing the poor and disenfranchised , entitling the already entitled class, and speaks to our higher aspirations as Americans.

I will oppose vigorously any attacks on our civil liberties; that I will resist. And, if Mr Trump succeeds in having enacted laws violating human rights I will take a page from Thoreau, Gandhi, King and both oppose that law and accept consequences of obeying a higher authority.  But I am a cautious pessimist…and do not believe it will come to that.


About Dr. Roy Nirschel

Thirty years experience as an educator; international traveler, occasional writer, on a personal journey. Author of My Seasons in Saigon (available at amazon.com). Upon the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States I promised to go to Mexico; I did! Carol and I are here now. In the spirit of full disclosure, I promised to go to Mexico if Hillary Clinton was elected president too. The Seasons in Saigon are over; I am uncertain about Vietnam for many reasons despite my love for the country. Now it is Mexico time.

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