Well, I tried to be nice. I tried to be respectful of the American political process, and I applauded the classy handover of power between presidents and their administrations.
I even gave one Donald J. Trump the benefit of the many doubts (because, you know, we Canadians are so damn polite most of the time).
But a day after the inauguration, I became convinced that Americans — and the rest of the world — are in for a very surreal period with Trump at the helm, not unlike Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Indeed, Trump is the Red Queen in a house of cards where his underlings will do their best to humour him during his flights of fancy — as long as he plays the game the way they want him to by signing conservative bills into law.
“The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. ‘Off with his head!’ she said, without even looking round.” (Lewis Carroll)
And Trump has only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. ‘The media are the most dishonest people in the world!’ he said, without even looking round.
Yes, in the surreal dimension of reality that is Trumpland, the media deliberately understated the attendance numbers at the inauguration event to discredit his Majesty — and the images we saw on TV and the photos taken that day were framed to make the event look smaller. Because, said his Majesty’s white rabbit, Sean Spicer: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”
Never mind the vast, empty white spaces stretching back to the Washington Monument that day. It was media trickery that can only happen in a place like Trumpland.
So, you undoubtedly have already figured out what my Sunday Reads recommendation is this week. You probably have a copy on your bookshelf that has been there since you were a child. Dust off your copy of Alice in Wonderland, and see what America is in for — and hope like hell America in Trumpland is but a dream . . .