I fear we are living in Pottersville.
The aspiring angel Clarence failed and did not get his wings. George Bailey leaped from the snowy bridge to his death.
Messieurs Potter, Trump, McConnell, Bevin, Kushner, Carson, Mnuchin, Ross, Nunes, DeVoss and fellow ravagers with their toolkits of greed, grift, groping, grabbing…and coarseness are reshaping and renaming our country.
It’s inevitable……no, wait……I don’t believe that.
But tonight I need some reminders of hope and honest goodness and competence.
I need to hear Greg Turay sing “Anthem” from the musical Chess. I need to hear Michael Preacely sing anything at all. I need to see Dr. Everett McCorvey conduct 22,000 basketball fans singing our national anthem. I need to see the Texas softball player sink to her knees in tears when her soldier brother appears at her Senior Night game after three years of service overseas. I need to read some more Paul Prather. I need to remember my friend Becky Johnson’s noble attempts to learn how many children every cab driver in San Miguel has, in her high school Spanish that seemed to improve with every cab ride.
These reminders have nothing to do with generating a monetary profit exploiting other humans, or driving another species to extinction, or further wounding our planet.
They are the antithesis of Pottersville.
I’ll work on all that.
I’ll also vote, as early and as often as the law allows, to get us out of Pottersville.
But for tonight I’ll have to settle for watching Coach Calipari demonstrate his mastery of molding and motivating young basketball players, and admiring Patricia Belcher’s bellow of “PIE!!!” at Geico’s talking lizard.
They are both better and far more interesting than Pottersville.