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A New Precedent for President's Day - It's Time to Face the Elephant (and Donkey) in the Living Room... Together

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"Only when red tribe Republicans and blue tribe Democrats stand together as one Purple People, will the peeps prevail over the perps." --Swami Beyondananda

We interrupt the insanity to bring you an important President's Day message.

We the people of America are on the cusp of a Constitutional crisis. And if that crisis DOESN'T emerge, then we are REALLY in trouble. In the wake of the most toxic election in recent history, where we had two terrible candidates to choose from and one of them won by default, America is no longer divided merely into two tribes -- we are now living in two realities.

Talk about a house divided.

At least in the run-up to the Civil War, with the dividing issue as slavery, everyone knew what slavery was, and both sides recognized slavery as a reality. They just disagreed about whether it was to continue.

In one 2017 "reality", President Trump is the fearless leader who will save us from terrorism, undocumented alien criminals, nuclear war with Russia, and from the corrupt "new world order" -- not to mention pedophilia in high places. It's Trump's word against the "fake news" media, and everything he says is true.

Meanwhile in the other world, we have an insane liar as a President who creates his own reality and has millions of ditto-heads who will believe every unbelievable word he utters. In this reality, people see something even worse than the neoliberal empire -- a kleptocracy where we not only have to deal with that big Putin, but we have our own Lil' Putin to divide the spoils, while spoiling the natural world.

Each of these narratives is both true and not true, and only by seeing them through a meta-view can we survive this crisis that threatens our social order, our freedom and sacred institutions, and the web of life itself.

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Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and uncommontator who's been posing as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda for the past 20 years. He is the author of seven books including Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From (more...)

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