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On the treetop
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall
And down will come, baby
Cradle and all
The history related to this song features many possible sources with a melody of soothing and darkness that calms a baby to sleep but chills the thoughts to imagine the type of sleep of which it means. Sleep of the eternal nature or sleep of the resting nature both can apply if the perspective of the writer is so inclined. Could this be both? Who is the baby? It could be anyone who rises to a status of influence on a bough that lulls him or her into a false sense of security as it sways in the winds of change. If the wind blows too hard, the bough, branch of support can break and the cradle falls, sense of security, down will go the baby with the cradle.
After the elections of 2016, President Trump rocked the cradle on the changing winds following the departure of President Barrack Obama causing his bough to break and the immediacy of another term at US President to fall when Joe Biden brought with him changing winds in another direction. 2020 goes to Biden.
After the elections of 2020, President Trump rocked the cradle on the changing winds following the departure of President Barrack Obama causing his bough to break and the immediacy of another term at US President to fall when Joe Biden brought with him changing winds in another direction.
It is fitting that the American elections appear before the holiday of Thanksgiving. Celebrating times of thanks for the type of legacy Americans enjoy as the longest-standing example of continuous free government, representative government. What better time to give thanks while acknowledging the history of the birth of a nation from its conception with the Pilgrims to its birth in 1776?
Political correctness limits the celebratory wishes Americans give to ourselves because of the decimation many of our ancestors inflicted upon the aboriginals of the Americas and the trafficking of Africans. Maybe that is another meaning of Thanksgiving. We thank God for giving us the lands we now hold. That's is another story.
President Trump promised to bring us back the apple pie. He capitalized on the statement to "Make America Great Again." He promised to bring back the America of yesteryear when made in America meant something of which to be proud. He promised to bring back the value of the dollar to what it once was. Millions were happy to elect him into office in 2016 on the hope that the nation of America would rise to its former glory like a phoenix from the ashes. Somehow, America, at least half of the US, thought it was no longer the glory it once was because we spent 8 years under the rule of a president from a faction of political dogma, Democrats. Four President Trump's entire presidency, the other half of American cried foul.
The apple pie that Trump's presidency represented was made of apples from Snow Whites wicked stepmother, poisonous. The yesteryear of which the other half of America thought included mobs and lynchings of minorities. Where once White supremacist hid in the shadows, with President Trump's rise to power elicited all people to speak out in power. The once quiet racist in the White majority felt empowered to speak their truth. They wanted to make America White again.
Was that Trump's intention? Thanksgiving that year included everyone for the first time in a long time. President Trump claimed he represented everyone until during his debate with the President-elect Biden. His intention, pure as the driven snow, possibly, was colored dark with the crimson of the past causing him to no longer include the part of America that wants to make America White again.
The apple pie that Trump's presidency represented was made of apples from Snow Whites wicked stepmother, poisonous. The yesteryear of which the other half of America thought included mobs and lynchings of minorities.
Hatred spread in the world. Rallies filled with debasement and ridicule enthralled many supports of President Trump. Was that his intention? Was not President Trump, the entertainer/businessman just pandering to the crowd? Was it on his heart to instill fear in the hearts of many minorities because of the racial prejudice and aravice his rallies lurched out of the once quiet mouths of racists and the rich?
He put his cradle on a bough of division without knowing it at the least. The support of his super fans buoyed up his confidence to assume that he could take America into another four years. The election showed the thanks that half of America appreciated with gratitude the democratic system of the government this month of Thanksgiving.
Celebrations in the street amid a pandemic erupted in many cities as the cradle began to fall. The bough shattered. The tree branch of fear crumbled. Many people who succumbed to fear refused to see the falling cradle even though proof that the bough broke. Will we pretend the baby did not fall? It is not as if the baby is dead. The baby can climb the tree again and perch on a branch again.
President-elect Biden promises change and hope. Is this new branch a strong one? Is the apple pie he promises made from good apples without poison? He claims he will be the president of all Americans and build bridges in a fractured nation. I did not vote for him. I voted for Donald Trump.
Down came the baby, cradle and all. Up goes a new one that hopefully won't fall.
Let's make America great again truthfully this time. Just like 2FeetBino, I miss my grandma's apple pie. Thank God that as ugly as her warts and underbelly have been in the past, America can make the best of her ugly past. Thank God for the home of the free. Happy Thanksgiving.
President-elect Biden promises change and hope. Is this new branch a strong one? Is the apple pie he promises made from good apples without poison?
Grandma told me many times, God, rest her soul, that if I wish in one hand and poop in the other to see which one gets full first.
If America will be great, that means to me, that it is up to us to purposely make it great through our efforts to change and connect with those who differ from us. Most of us celebrate Thanksgiving in the States, I assume. I thank God for the apple pie of my America, the good things about America. From the manure of the past blossoms a perpetual tree of freedom that if nourished by all will supply us all with the fruits of freedom in abundance.
Our process of slow change is working, albeit, a lengthy and tiring challenge. Let us trust that the system in which we live will continue to the impetus for change and equal opportunity as long as we are free to reap the rewards of equal opportunity, let it be until we all reach that reality. Let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Let's keep the baby called the system until we can thoroughly clean it. You don't replace the baby because you have to scrub a little to get off the dirt.
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© 2020 Rodric Anthony Johnson
Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 12, 2020:
Ann, I hope that the view does not look as tenuous as it feels on this side of things when it comes to unity. What happens in America tends to affect most other Western nations and vice versa, Brexit much? We are all together trying to be successful. I hope the President-elect leads toward unity at home and abroad.
Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 12, 2020:
Thanks, Bill. I too hope that calmer heads prevail, since Biden will be in office. I did not vote for him, but he will be a good respite from the adrenaline race of President Trump.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 12, 2020:
I love the angle and the analogy with this one, my friend. Let's hope calmer minds prevail in the months to come. I believe in this nation; we just have to give her time to regain her balance after the last four years.
Ann Carr from SW England on November 12, 2020:
A thought-provoking article, Rodric. I've watched Trump (from across the pond) with amazement and disbelief as he's slowly made his Presidency a 'Trump show', fanning his own vanity. I do so hope that Biden can bring that nation together - not an easy thing but at least the promise to do so seems to actually mean something.
Good luck with your continuing challenge and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 11, 2020:
Thanks, John. I am trying to do my challenge for writing an article each day until Thanksgiving. I figure I should write about what I know instead of coming up with some fiction on all of them.
It seems that that one side to the other wants to erase what the other side does instead of building on the work that came before it. I believe President Trump would have gotten more accomplished if he would have not focused so much on trying to undo everything President Obama did. I hope President-elect does not make the same mistake.
If you want to participate in the challenge that I will be doing yearly the link is: https://discover.hubpages.com/holidays/Thanksgivin...
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 11, 2020:
A wonderful article, Rodric. Good analogies of "Rock-a-Bye-Baby" and I agree that you can't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Just spend more time cleaning it properly. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.