November 3, 2020
Headline: “How Does This Election Look Outside of the U.S.? You Don’t Want to Know”
I didn’t read this article. They were right. I didn’t want to know, or, rather, I already knew: Our country is viewed from abroad with pity, puzzlement, and scorn. After Trump was elected in 2016, a friend in Barcelona wrote that he was surprised that Americans would elect a fascist. I imagine he and a lot of people around the world have been even more surprised that we have allowed a dangerous sociopath to remain in office and that he has a chance of remaining in power for four more years. Our ship of state is listing badly. If Trump can be dragged off the bridge and a new captain placed in charge, I’m confident that we can pump out the bilge water, patch the hull, right the ship, and sail on.