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Exiting the bias, chaos and darkness of the 'Trumporian calendar'

Exiting the bias, chaos and darkness of the 'Trumporian calendar'
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Most of our world uses the Gregorian calendar, the method of tracking time introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. That calendar was meant to improve and replace the Julian calendar instituted by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. For over four centuries worldwide and two-plus centuries in our country, the Gregorian calendar worked just fine as a way to not only mark time but to tag and memorialize important dates, milestones and even catastrophes.

Unfortunately, since June 16, 2015, our normal concept of commemorating time was hijacked and taken hostage by a then-widely ridiculed political announcement: Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE’s declaration that he was running for president of the United States.     

From that moment on, we were seemingly shocked away from the traditional calendar into a fantastical time period of B.T. (Before Trump), D.T. (During Trump) and A.T. (After Trump). In the five-and-a-half years since Trump’s announcement, those measurements have come to define the perception of reality for millions of Americans — call it the “Trumporian calendar.” For a snapshot of this bizarre time-portal, we can look at the eight years of the Obama administration as B.T., the four years of Trump’s presidency as D.T., and now, the first week-plus of the Biden administration as A.T. 

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The minute Biden finished reciting his oath of office and became our 46th president, the Democratic Party took control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. All of that power is amplified by the backing of most of the mainstream media, academia, Big Tech, the entertainment industry and others. Together, they own the A.T. time-portal.

For sure, Trump and some of those he recruited into his orbit carry much of the blame for the upside-down, “Alice in Wonderland” existence that so many Americans are now trying to understand and survive. But that Trumporian calendar soon will be swept into the dustbin of history. Those same Americans will tire of those who have been riding the “Trump is to blame for all of your ills” one-trick-pony.  

Now, in A.T. time, the American people are asking how those who control the White House, Congress, liberal media, and certain statehouses will deal with the two signature destructive events of our time: COVID-19 and violent anarchy. For decades, the left has stressed that their highest priority is the welfare of the poor and working class. Many times, they have come through with that claim. That said, a majority of voices who pushed for lockdowns to “flatten the curve” of virus during D.T. time have come from the left as well. 

Would any of them be willing to acknowledge that another accurate definition of “lockdown” would be poor and working-class Americans continuing to provide goods and services while many wealthy Americans sheltered in place? Or, as we have witnessed, certain politicians traveling to their favorite warm climes after ordering their constituents to stay home? D.T. time truly did warp reason, facts and accountability.   

It has been argued that, pre-election, some on the left wanted to paint as dire a picture as possible to voters while denying Trump anything that might hint of a “win” with regard to the virus or any other policy. 

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Yes, COVID-19 has proven to be highly contagious, dangerous and lethal, most especially to those over 75 or those with pre-existing conditions. But is it out of the norm of pandemics that occurred during B.T. time? Several truly bad pandemics were not greeted with massive lockdowns that caused the loss of millions of American jobs and the loss of uncounted American lives.

Just the other day, President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE seemed to travel back to B.T. time when he stressed, “There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.” During the past 10 months of D.T. time, “Death Dashboards” tabulating any death possibly related to the virus were all the rage with some in the media. Curiously, there were no such dashboards for those Americans who may have lost their lives because of lockdowns.

During D.T. time, the abhorrent invasion of our Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters was rightfully labeled a “lawless insurrection,” and the perpetrators are being tracked down and arrested. Now, as we enter the “calming” and “sane” days of A.T. time, how will those who control the government label and deal with the ongoing anarchy assailing Portland, Seattle  and others cities?

The shocking election of Donald Trump in 2016 truly did seem to affect the space-time continuum as it relates to our everyday reality. Now, President Biden has ushered in A.T. time. Even as we wish him success, many Americans hope that “A.T.” ultimately stands for “Accountability Time.” We will soon know.  

Douglas MacKinnon, a political and communications consultant, was a writer in the White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and former special assistant for policy and communications at the Pentagon during the last three years of the Bush administration.