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Why America Needs a Reckoning with the Trump Era;by Masha Gessen

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'The soul of America has been battered by a hateful and lying President, by a government intent on destroying itself, and, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, by a government that demonstratively rejected the value of human life. The Trump Administration taught Americans that no one will take care of us, our parents, and our children, because our lives are worthless, disposable. It has taught Americans that this country is a dangerous place. The President kept telling us that we are at risk of being murdered... that we are forever on the brink of disaster and that no one will protect us, whether from illness or economic hardship. How can the soul of a country be healed after this kind of trauma? '

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"In a brief talk that was recorded this summer, the New York psychologist Jack Saul, who studies collective trauma, made what he called "a moral proposal" for national healing. He proposed a sequence of rituals: the rituals of remembrance, the rituals of grieving, the "rituals of protest to assert our basic values, and rituals of envisioning the future that we would like to attain and what we must become in order to inhabit the new world." Put more simply, we have to talk about what happened and about how we go on living in such a way that it doesn't happen again. Of course, this process can't succeed as long as nearly equal numbers of Americans live in two non-intersecting realities. But such a process is also our best hope for reclaiming a shared reality. When you have a deep, festering wound, you do not heal it by pretending there was no injury: you clean it out, and then you stitch it up."

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And would it be callous to wonder when the chants of "Lock him up" or even "Lock them all up!" should begin in earnest? Because if Biden means to just let bygones be bygones, and "it's time to look ahead to the future, and not linger on the past..." blah, blah, blah. We could be in for an even worse nightmare. He would just be confirming that this country is not what we thought it was and never will be.

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